A brief exchange with Ardis on the blog got me thinking about idiosyncratic Mission rules.
In my first area, my companion fell off his bed onto his knee and damaged the ligaments. As a result he was unable to walk for about three weeks. During this time I tried to read voraciously but by the afternoon I became very frustrated with the lack of physical movement. In order to alleviate this frustration I purchased a cheap skateboard and began to teach myself some basic tricks. For the next three weeks, in the late afternoon, my companion would hobble downstairs and sit on the step of our flat while he watched me pretend to do kick-flips. Shortly thereafter, during a Zone conference, the Mission President announced, subsequent to hearing about a Missionary who owned a skateboard, that: ‘Missionaries do not use Skateboards’.
Shortly thereafter, in my second area, I remember being locked out our flat one night. After waiting until 10.15pm, I took a rock and smashed one of the small panes of glass and unlocked the door. Moments later the Zone leaders arrived and were a little miffed. Once again, a few weeks later, a new rule was initiated in the mission: ‘Missionaries do not break the windows to their flats’.
In both cases I was responsible for these ad hoc and idiosyncratic mission rules. I am sure that I was not the only one that was responsible for such unique mission rules. At the same time, I bet there are Mission Presidents who were the source of their own rules. My Mission President, for example, forbade the consumption of cola drinks.
What idiosyncratic rules existed in your mission?