But not every illness was a common one. And sometimes, the unexpected happened — despite all the talk and training about health and safety. I can’t even imagine being on the receiving end of the phone call made to a mission president 14 years ago, when two LDS elders were kidnapped in Russia.
It is a huge and awesome responsibility to watch over missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While serving our mission in Georgia, one of my cherished opportunities was to help with their health and medical needs, like their own mother would. Whether dealing with sinus infections, bronchitis, dehydration or the common cold and sore throat, you hoped the best for them, knowing they need to be healthy to work effectively. We worked closely with amazing mission doctors and missionary medical nurses, and I learned a lot. In fact, my husband affectionately started calling me, “Sister King: Medicine Woman.”
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