Rules for meal times vary from mission to mission, but more and more missionaries seem to be going home hungry. This is a result of the “No investigators, no dinner” policy. This basically means that missionaries are no longer allowed to have dinner at the houses of members unless there’s an investigator present.
There are two main reasons for this policy. First, Elders were spending too much time at the houses of people who don’t need conversion. Second, it’s a huge motivator to make sure you’re not only finding new prospects, but that you’re integrating them into the ward.
Critics argue that skipping meals essential kicks your body into starvation mode, leading to slower metabolism, and weight gain. On the other hand, weakening the body can strengthen the spirit. If your mission is one that skips dinner, be sure to keep a close eye on your physical as well as mental wellness. Let your mission president know immediately if your health starts to fail as a result of this rule. It’s natural to feel pressure to be obedient, but it’s important to remember that your health comes first.