What can you send your missionary sibling that your mom hasn’t already sent?
Having siblings on missions is hard. You want to keep up your relationship with them, but how can you when FaceTime and texting memes back and forth aren’t options?
Your parents might send them goods already, so typical care packages probably won’t cut it. Here are 6 things you can send that they’ll love. (These are good tips for siblings and best friends!)
1. Write them every week. Yeah, it sounds time intensive, but writing them a little letter each week is the closest you’ll get to a texting conversation. They don’t need pages of spiritual insight. Just tell them about your life! About dating, school, friends, family, and funny things that happened that week. If they would have laughed or thought it was interesting pre-mission, then chances are they’ll probably still laugh or think it’s interesting.
2. Send them food you both like. If you two always eat microwave popcorn and M&M’s together, then send those! It’s food (which everyone likes getting) and it’s tied to a memory of you two together. Double whammy.
3. Collect funny things they might like—a cat calendar or bumper sticker or funny memes. Send things you would send if they were home.
4. Send them gifts they can give to kids. Missionaries who have gifts automatically have a friend. Send them cheap things they can give to kids they meet like Hot Wheels or action figures.
5. Pictures are worth more than a thousand words. Trust us, they want photos! Emailed pictures are nice, but printed pictures are better. A little book with pictures of your family is great so they can take it to appointments and show off your family, keep the pictures looking nice, and easily look at pictures when times get rough.
6. Toys and little games. A Rubik’s Cube or a coloring book might help when they’re stressed. Or send a mini drone or card games. They can still have fun!
Note: Check the individual mission rules because they’re all a little different. Some don’t allow toys or games. Just check before you send anything. Foreign LDS missions all have different mailing standards, so check those too.
Make sure the mission doesn’t have rules about how many packages or letters a missionary can receive—and if the mission does have limits, just coordinate with your family and send your packages together.
Remember they’re still your sibling! And they still have the same personality and interests as before. They’re serving the Lord and it’s your job to help support them while they’re out there.
Any other ideas? Let us know what you send your LDS missionary sibling or best friend!