The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced on Friday, Feb. 15, that missionaries would be able to communicate with their families each week on preparation day via text messages, online messaging, phone calls and video chats in addition to letters and emails.

Monday, Feb. 18, marked the first preparation day that missionaries around the world were able to utilize the new communication capabilities with their families. The Church News asked for readers to tell us what their first experience speaking to their missionaries on preparation day meant to them and what technology they used. Here are some of those responses:

1 : A joyful experience

“It was wonderful!! We loved hearing first hand about those she and her companion are teaching and what the Church is like in Spain.”

— Klare Davis of the Murrieta California Stake, communicated with Facebook

2 : An inspired decision

“I know that the most recent changes made for communication between missionaries and their families is an inspired decision. President Nelson has promised us that as we study the new ‘Come, Follow Me’ curriculum, the power of families will be unleashed! I can’t help but think about the possibilities of this promise combined with our missionaries out in the field. Being able to experience our daughter’s missionary spirit in our home gave us greater resolve to do better to do our part to help in the Lord’s work.”

— Jada Rhodes of the Rigby Idaho Stake, communicated with Facebook

3 : Like Christmas and Mother’s Day

“My daughter is serving in the Scotland/Ireland mission. Being able to see her face to face made me feel like Christmas and Mother’s Day has come all together. We were able to chat about her week and I could witness the excitement about her teaching pool first hand. It was incredible to be able to do this.”

— Ceri Breeze of the Merthyr Tydfil Wales Stake, communicated with Skype

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