“Church Policies and Announcements,” Ensign, June 1977, 94
The following item was published in Messages, April 29, 1977.
Requests for Items to be Transported to the Mission Field
Mission presidents, priesthood leaders, and other members of the Church are not to contact the Language Training Mission, the Salt Lake Missionary Home, the General Church Distribution Center, or individual missionaries to request that missionaries carry into the mission field such items as tape recorders, filmstrips, cameras, garments, and other items that can be shipped through normal channels, unless the items are specifically the property of the individual missionary. There should be no attempt to avoid paying customs fees by having missionaries bring such items into the mission field as personal property and then requiring the missionaries to sell or give them to the mission or to other missionaries.
On occasion emergency items such as medications or special eyeglasses that are not available in the mission field need to be transported by missionaries. Any requests for transporting such items should be directed to the Missionary Department. (Missionary Executive Committee)