Thursday, November 12, 2009

Mission Health Visit to the Argentina Bahia Blanca Mission

Here Elder Petersen, the area medical advisor, is summing up his 45-minute "Missionary Health & Safety" presentation with the 4 main points that will secure maximum health for missionaries (or anyone) anywhere in the world. 1.Drink a minimum of 2 liters of water a day of only purified water. 2. Eat a balanced diet of well-prepared, non-contaminated food; only well-done meat. 3. Wash hands often -- for 30 seconds of vigorous scrubbing with soap.. 4. Exercise - 30 minutes for 6 days a week: 20 min cardiovascular; 10 min flexibility one day, then alternate with 10 min of strength training.

Unlike the big multi-zone conferences with 50-75 missionaries, this mission president is doing single zone conferences. This zone conference on Nov. 11 had 21 missionaries. The zone conference on Tuesday, Nov. 10 had 24 missionaries.
After the health presentation, Elder Petersen sees each missionary one on one who has a health concern. It's pretty hard to stump this old-time family physician. He reassures many missionaries by telling them the diagnosis of what they have, and 99.9% of the time it is nothing dangerous. They can go do as President Hinckley's father counseled him when he was a missionary in England: "Forget yourself and go to work."
In addition to keeping the medical records of the heath concern of each missionary and what Dr. Petersen diagnoses and prescribes...I take photos of the mission president's wife and her Sister missionaries to share with our missionary granddaughter--Sister Aimee Fisher in the Oklahoma Tulsa Mission.
Presidente Jorge y Hna. Adriana Detlefsen, Mission President and Wife
and three of their six children with us in front of the Argentina Bahia Blanca Mission home. We are on a mission health visit to the Argentina Bahia Blanca Mission November 9-15.
We love to be with each Mission President and Wife.
President y Hna. Detlefsen are from Cordoba, Argentina.
They have two married daughters, 1 son on a mission in Colombia,
and 3 daughters here with them--
Areana 17, Carolina 13, y April 8.
They have two granddaughters.
We have had two zone conferences and
today will drive 5 hours to the Mar del Plata
for the zone conferences Friday and Saturday.

Missionaries are miracles!
They work very hard every day in the hot sun
to bring the truths of the Gospel to many of Heavenly Father´s children.
We hope you will all have a great November weekend coming up.


Janiece said...

I wish Kira would drink more water, but I think she is doing better at it.
Her blog is new but hopefully she will start being able to post now and again.
She will love to see you visit her blog.
it is

Have a wonderful day

Brewer Bunch said...

It sounds like you have had a whirlwind tour on this mission visit! Looks like the presentation went well. Have a safe trip back :)

SAYDA said...

That is so neat that he does such an awesome presentation. Great way to prevent illnesses. You two are amazing.