bbarker wrote:I have been keeping emails from my missionary son. I'll copy them to a disc for him when he returns. When I write to him I've been sending copies to his Yahoo Mail account. I don't know if that account will still be active when he hasn't accessed it for a couple of years. If not, I have copies of the emails I've sent as well.
But you're right: it would be very useful if a missionary could download all the emails at the end of the mission to create a kind of journal and history.
I just returned from my mission faced by the same problem: that is, archiving all my emails from my mission. I had not thought at the beginning to forward them all to my gmail, so they were all 'stuck'. I have mulled this over in my mind for several weeks and today I came up with the perfect solution out of the blue. I will try to explain to ya'll how to download an archive of my 909 email messages in about a half hour.
• You will need to use Mozilla Firefox web browser, available for free at http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/
• On the Firefox website, find and install the add-on called DownloadThemAll! (currently found at https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/201
• Log into your MyLDSMail.net account
• At the top of the screen, click the icon with checkmarks, labeled Options.
• Under the "Select Template:" option, select "Webmail". Click "Save"
• Log out of MyLDSMail, then Log in again.
• On your computer, prepare a place to download your emails. I made a folder that matched each folder I had in MyLDSMail, but you may set it up however you want.
• Back in Firefox, Click "Folders"
• You will do the following for each of the folders:
- Click the folder name
- On the Firefox browser 'Tools' menu, select 'DownloadThemAll! Tools' -> 'DownloadThemAll!...'
- Under 'Save files in...', select the download destination.
- Under Filters, select 'All files'
- Deselect manually the ones that aren't messages. This is usually the first seven and the last one, two, or three (The ones saying "Read Message" in the Description column are the only ones you need)
- Press start. It will immediately tell you once it starts the second file that there is already one by the same name. Tell it to auto rename the files and always remember the setting. My DSL connection processed all 50 emails in about 30 seconds. (helpful hint: you can change the number of emails per page in the Options menu of MyLDSMail. The maximum is 50)
- If you have more than 50 emails in the folder, press Next at the bottom and repeat steps 2, 5, and 6
- After pressing Next the last time, it will still display 50 messages, so to avoid repeats you may want to pay attention to the last email from the second-to last page
Hope this is helpful! If you have any questions, email me at dijjithedde AT gmail.com with subject: "MyLDSMail download"