Sending letters to missionaries just got easier for full-time missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Until now, email correspondence for young, single missionaries (senior missionaries were excluded) was limited to families only. Friends were encouraged to send letters the more traditional way.

Church spokesman Scott Trotter said this week that missionaries now “can also communicate by email with friends, priesthood leaders and new converts.” However, before giving out email addresses and striking up communications with new converts and friends of the opposite gender made within the mission, missionaries should get permission from the mission president.

Other Missionary Handbook policies regarding missionaries and email remain in place, including:

Missionaries should only use, the filtered service established by the church;

Email should only be used on the missionary’s preparation day;

Email should be accessed on computers in public places, and never in a place where the missionary’s companion can’t see the computer screen;

Missionaries should not use members’ computers.

“As your call letter states, you are ‘expected to devote all your time and attention to serving the Lord, leaving behind all other personal affairs,” the Missionary Handbook indicates. “Do not become preoccupied with communicating with family and friends.”