What a wonderful day today was: my oldest son returned from his successful two-year mission in Argentina. I’m so proud of him and so glad to see how he has matured and grown in so many ways. In the midst of all the rejoicing and the wonderful missionary stories he has, I also confirmed something I already knew: the diet of many missionaries is not exactly healthy. For him, the typical diet was heavy in grease and meat. Fortunately, he still seems pretty healthy.
My youngest sister also went to South America, and was not so lucky. In her mission in Venezuela, missionaries typically drank sweet soda all the time as one of the few safe sources of water. All that sugar, coupled with the greasy diet their, apparently gave her some challenging health problems that took quiet a while to overcome when she returned to the states.
All you future mission presidents, I would encourage you to look for ways to help your missionaries find ways to obtain a healthy diet. The dietary principles of the Word of Wisdom are vital for 19-year-olds, too. I know that it’s not easy – my son often didn’t have much choice about what he ate. But there have to be some creative ways to improve things. Any ideas on what can be done?