While we’re on the topic of mission rules I thought I’d take this opportunity to have an open thread on:
A) Dumb Mission Rules
B) Missionaries Who Did Dumb Things
A) Elders are not to talk to women on the phone… ever (this was not in my mission, but that of a friend of mine). No getting together (juntaring) with other elders on p-day.
B) A famous Elder T. (a couple years before I got to my mission) did all of the following: got a girl pregnant in Sipacate, went inactive in Patzún because he played for the city’s soccer team on Sundays, started a for-profit business selling CD’s he had acquired from Mexico (two missions over) to other missionaries, went to Mexico City (a few more than two missions over), and baptized like crazy.
And a story for your pleasure: In 1976 Guatemala had a massive earthquake that killed tens of thousands of people (it happened at 4:00 in the morning and most people in the mountains, where it happened, lived in mud-brick houses. They just crumbled and fell on the people killing them.) Anyway, at this time there were four elders staying that night in the church building in Patzicía. When the earthquake happened one of the beams of the building fell on an elder, paralyzing him from the waste down. He was flown back to the States and was in the hospital when (I believe) Elder Monson visited him and asked him, “do you want to walk again?” To which his reply was an obvious yes. So Elder Monson said, “well get up and walk then.” And he did. A Miracle. Faith. Healing.
It turns out he was out of his area that night with elders of whom he was not supposed to be with. In addition he had a girlfriend in the mission (who he ended up marrying). I don’t know what that has to do with anything, but I always thought it was funny. In fact, this story has been published somewhere (of course without these last two bits of information) but I can’t find it.
Now it’s your turn.