This is the second installment of "how a mission helped me meet my mate". This installment involves unlocking your heart after the mission, but exploiting the social contacts you developed whilst under the lock and key of missionary service.

Rusty chimes in with some great advice for single returned missionaries. Just call up your old companions, and when you get together with them, (A) hope they bring their hot siblings*, or (B) check out family pictures and identify the hot siblings. And the benefit is, if you got along with this comp in the field, you'll have a built in in-law that you'll always like! Unless he harbors bitterness and resentment over you scamming on his sister, which apparently wasn't a problem for Rusty.

Think about it, this is actually a great motivation to get along with all of your companions. You have no idea what kind of hot siblings they might be hiding back at home--and if you're nice to them, maybe they'll hook you up after the mission. And why stop at siblings? Think of all the cousins of each of your companions... The possibilities are endless! If you don't play nice, if you don't get along with them, they might just hook their hot siblings/relatives up with one of the AP's.

Additional Advice
We here at the Snarkernacle have some additional advice which apparently no one else has mentioned.

For missionaries departing the field: If you find your companion's girlfriend attractive, you may wish to play the old "Hey, I'll call your girlfriend when I get home and tell her you said 'hi'" card (note: read Rusty's post carefully, and you'll see that "saying hi" involves a hammock, though he employed the use of a hammock under the sibling rule detailed above). You may even offer to hand-deliver a letter from said companion, which might end up getting "lost going through customs" or some such event. In that case, being the true friend that you are, you still go greet the girlfriend. Since you lost the letter--silly you--you make it up to her by buying her dinner.

* "siblings" instead of sisters, since Rusty's advice could easily be applied to returned sister missionaries, too.


Rusty said... @ February 15, 2006 at 9:42 AM

HA! Your little advice at the end of the post wouldn't be as funny if it weren't so true. A good friend of mine from my mission actually did this (almost verbatum) and got engaged to the girl. He eventually broke it off because she had serious issues, but it happened almost exactly how you describe (except he delivered a package rather than a letter).

DazzleSnark said... @ February 15, 2006 at 1:05 PM

Rusty, too true. How about dear johns? We should have a nacle Dear John week. I guess that's not sentimental enough for Valentine's Day?

a random John said... @ February 15, 2006 at 1:24 PM

The end of post story happened between two guys on my mission. She actually dated Elder #2 for a while. Elder #1 was rather upset about this turn of events. Elder #1 eventually made his way home, began dating her again, and they got married.

Anonymous said... @ February 16, 2006 at 6:59 AM

By the way, for those of you reading along at home, Rusty is hot. I'm sure he's never had any trouble getting a date in his life.

Snarkimus Prime said... @ February 16, 2006 at 7:37 AM

Kaimi, would you give it a rest. He has made it clear he isn't interested.

Anonymous said... @ February 18, 2006 at 1:36 AM

That wasn't Kaimi! Rusty is very good looking.

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