Leaders and members are reminded of the following statement from the General Handbook of Instructions, page 7-2: "Bishoprics may honor newly called full-time proselyting missionaries by asking them to speak in a sacrament meeting before their departure. The bishopric plans and conducts such meetings and invites those who will participate. . . .
"Members and local leaders should avoid practices that may detract from the sacred nature of a mission call or create unnecessary expense, such as holding open houses for missionaries (except for family gatherings), sending or publishing formal printed announcements or invitations. . . ."Leaders should review these instructions with members in priesthood, Relief Society and sacrament meetings. Bishops should specifically discuss them with newly called missionaries and their families well before the missionary's departure date.
- Bulletin, 1994-1