Sunday, June 10, 2012

Contact Information and Mailing Instructions

For the first month or two I will be in the Missionary Training Center (MTC) in Provo, Utah. While I am there, my mailing address will be:

Elder Eric Brighton
MTC Mailbox # 252
MEX-GUA 0813
2005 N 900 E
Provo, UT 84604-1793

There are some pretty specific instructions on the best way to get letters to me, so I'll copy the information I was given straight out of my packet.


Letter Mailing Instructions:

Tell your family and friends to send letters to the mission office until you can notify them of the address of your first assignment in the mission field:

Elder Eric Brighton
Mexico Guadalajara Mission
Apartado Postal 51-74
Colonia Las Aguilas
45081 Zapopan , Jalisco

Packages can be sent to:

Elder Eric Brighton
Mexico Guadalajara Mission
Volcan Vesuvio #5106
Col. El Colli
45072 Zapopan, Jalisco
Phone 52 333-125-2278

If your family ships a package with a private courier, they will need the mission office telephone number indicated above.

Merchandise: Clothing, food products, and merchandise should be sent direct to the mission office address. However, clothing or other dutiable merchandise often does not reach its intended destination or, if it does arrive, may be subject to customs duties that the missionary will not be prepared to pay. Small packages of nominal value may be sent through the United States Postal Service. Photographs and tapes may be included in these packages. Merchandise sent through a commercial mail carrier is extremely expensive and may be subject to customs duties, but this is the best way to send credit or debit cards.

Pouch mail instructions: The Church provides pouch mail service to your mission. Items sent by pouch mail use the USPS from your location to Church headquarters, where they are forwarded to the missionary by a private courier along with other Church mail. Pouch mail leaves Church headquarters each Friday. Items received after the pouch has been sent will be held for the next week. Only postcards or one-page correspondences (no envelopes) written on one side of the page may be sent through the pouch. Notebook or other light-weight paper will not process through the USPS machines. Photographs are not acceptable.

You may invite your family and friends to use pouch mail. Items not complying with the following instructions will be returned to the sender or discarded, if the complete return address is not included.

Letter folding instructions: Lay the letter blank side down. Fold the bottom of the letter about one third of the way up the page and crease. Fold the top of the letter to the bottom of the first fold and crease. Secure the long side with two pieces of tape about one inch in from each end, but do not seal the ends. In the top left corner write your name and complete return address. Affix first class postage in the top right corner. In the middle write the missionary address as follows:

Eric Brighton

Mexico Guadalajara Mission
POB 30150
Salt Lake City UT 84130-0150


Well that's pretty much it for contact information. I will keep my mother informed with my current address and she'll post updates.

I hope to hear from you!

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