Senior missionaries find long lost son in prision
Hard to prove
This is a legend that has been going around lately. The story goes like this – a mother and father have a son that has been missing for years (no reason is given as to why the parents have not been searching for him). Then the senior missionaries decide they want to serve a mission. They receive a call to Russia (sometimes the country is different). They do not want to go to Russia so they turn the mission down. Years pass and they once again put in papers to serve a mission and get a call to the very same mission in Russia. This time they figure that there must be a reason that they are suppose to go to Russia and accept the call. During the mission they are helping out in a Russian prison and are surpised when one of the prisoners can speak perfect english. THey are even more surprised to hear the prisoner say, “Mom? Dad?” It is, of course, their long lost son. He has been stuck in a Russian prison for years. The parents are some how able to get the son released from prison. Then the parents realize that they should have accepted the original mission call because they would have found their son sooner.
This story has many great faith-promoting ideas (don’t turn callings down, missionaries are blessed, etc) but has yet to be confirmed. There are also several holes in the story – why did this story not get media attention, why was son in prison, how did parents easily get him out, why didn’t parents look for son themselves. This is a Mormon legend.