So here is my advice from a one missionary mom to others. I would highly recommend sending a questionnaire to your missionary to fill out. Not only does it insure that you get actually snail mail, but you can also get those questions answered that your missionary often forgets to share. I gives me a more in depth picture of what Alyssa's day to day life is like in the MTC.
I have also included her latest actual letter to us. It includes a more thorough description of her district. I have seen so many pictures and yet still didn't know who is who. Now I do.