This extends to feeding the missionaries, and many times, overfeeding the missionaries. One dear older sister was quoted by a Sister missionary as pointing out, "You have to be fatter to attract a husband, you know!"
In order to ready our missionaries for matrimony then, they pile on the rice
Then they pile on some more.
Cyclists have long had another way.
Or you were lucky enough to bring the BIG backpack.
In her periodic classes with the pensionistas, the kind ladies that feed the missionaries, Sister Henderson has stressed that too much food can be a problem as much as too little. However, many persist in believing that the stomach pain and bloating the Elders and Sister complain about is from "gastritis," and they just need to eat more.
Several missionaries have had their folks send down the latest in clothing that helps avoid those embarrassing moments when you just can't eat any more, but it keeps coming. (Note: Mission approval for these suits is pending at present)
The most extreme, but true example of having to come up with a way of not offending a generous offer of more food was related to me by a Sister missionary. When the fourth helping of chicken and rice was piled on despite loud protests, the Sister asked for something from the kitchen, and when alone, removed the big rubber boots she was wearing during the rainy season, poured her plate down one boot and her companion's down the other. Dinner now through, they thanked their host profusely, and squished home, The smell in the four pairs of socks that she happened to be wearing never quite came out, and always reminded her of the happy meal.
May your guests never have to put the extras in their boots.
Dave & Paula