I thought missionaries had to stay with a companion?
Chris - they do, unless given permission by their mission president. This Elder
was traveling to his assignment from the training center. Good question though.
Well thank God he's going to be OK. I couldn't take another
missionary death right now.
Chris B, missionaries can travel alone when going to a new assignment.
Many times, it's not possible for them to travel with a companion on
transfer days, or as with this elder, travelling to his first city.
It's common to not have a companion when traveling to your first area, or
on a regular transfer. You travel to where ever you are going and then somebody
waits for you at the bus station, or whatever, in your new area and picks you
In Europe it is not unusual to travel by yourself on transfer or, as in this
case, to your first assignment. I served in Switzerland and did all transfers by
Steve is a great guy. Happy to hear he is doing well.
Poor guy. Just terrible luck to have been on that train. I'm sure
he'll make a quick reocvery and get on with things, but it just shows you
how quickly something good can go bad.