Limiting us to two meals per day, telling us what kind of dish washing accessories we could use, must wear only blue suits and blue hats, unless they were a certain national style heavy winter hat, no eating candy bars, or other snacks at kiosks etcl... the list went on and on. We had rules about tracting until 9:30 PM; p-day should only last 3 hours etc etc etc.
Funny I don't remember any mention of masturbation on my mission. I guess none of us were doing it, or at least it did not cross my MP's wifes mind that it might be an issue for young healthy males, living in a country with some of the most attractive women in the world.
90%+ were doing it. It came about on my mission when we had a big "Repentance" zone conference where masturbation was not the focus, but not absent either. 2/3rds of the mission confessed to the MIssion president about something within 2 weeks. When I confessed he had a file on his desk with a handout about self abuse ready to go, so I knew he had that conversation like a hundred times that month.
The 4 minute rule. Only 4 minutes to shower or use the restroom (with the door closed). We were supposed to report to him if your comp was taking too long behind closed doors. I made it perfectly clear to every comp that I was NOT going to stand outside the restroom door while they took a dump. An unintended consequence was that some mishies were not closing the bathroom door; even when visiting a member's home.
We were supposed to visually inspect each other's bed every morning. I guess this was supposed to deter the hand wanking for the fear of stained bedding. I never got anywhere near my companion's bed or personal belongings.
It's for real. We had essentially the same rule on my mission -- but no time limit. We were simply supposed to report up the chain anyone who spent an "excessive" time alone in the bathroom. The assumption was, of course, that they were self-pleasuring. And repeat too-long-in-the-bathroomers were ordered to keep the door open.
If the church really wanted to increase the number of Missionaries they would REQUIRE regular 'Self-Abuse' rather than try to prohibit it.
Sheesh. It is a normal part of life. Like telling people they can't urinate. Ridiculous and probably harmful to try to limit this, and how awful to tell young people they have to report it to a judgmental authority figure.
sorry, OT, but favorite mission rule was "elders and sisters should not attend the movies every week". So, we would skip a week every once in a while to remain compliant, but I saw about 100 movies on mission (some were double features). Some of them were great!.
On mine technology was so limited that even Truman G. Madsen CDs were banned. I think this was preemtive before Podcasts became a thing. We were allowed to listen to general conference talks. If you were lucky you were in a flat with 20+ years of ensign magazines for variety.
Every month we had a Zone Conference. During the conference, we had individual interviews with the Mission President (MP). On one interview, my guilt caught up with me and I confessed to him that I had slapped the salami a few times. He somberly looked at me and said, "Elder ******, do you know that every time you masturbate you are doing it in front of our Savior?" I didn't say anything back. How could I respond to that silly ass comment? Needless to say, I never confessed any "sins" or indiscretions to my MP again!
TO be honest that was my main thought from 14-30. It is not a healthy view of yourself, or for an interventionist God either. It breeds self-hatred and OCD tendacies, from my experience. Now I am so happy to be freed from that world view. So much happier.