In 1950, in some of the missions in the United States (I’m sorry, I don’t know which ones), missionaries had what they thought was a clever idea to advertise their message. Whenever they sent mail, they stamped the envelope in bright ink: “Read the Book of Mormon,” “It is great to be a missionary,” and similar brief slogans.
That practice came to the notice of the Quorum of the Twelve that summer. The Brethren were not amused. “It was the feeling of the Brethren that such practices cheapen the Book of Mormon and lower the dignity of our missionaries,” wrote Church leaders to mission presidents throughout the world. “Will you, therefore, please take the necessary steps to advise the missionaries that this means of advertising be discontinued.”
What are some of the odder methods you tried as a missionary, or that you are aware others used? Were there any attempts that your leaders shot down for any reason?