Date: December 02, 2018 06:41PM
What are your thoughts about why missionaries cannot call home? It facilitates a cult-like approach to isolating the missionary for more thorough indoctrination. Whether specifically for that purpose or not, that is one outcome.
I have also wondered if it is a holdover from the realities and costs of long distance phone calls when the current leadership were missionaries. Just like the door-to-door approach, which worked from about 1900-1940 and then began to wane, calling home, at one time, was very expensive.
Sometimes things are intentionally set up to control members. Other times I wonder if it is just an inability of the leaders to drag the church out of the 1930s.