Date: February 08, 2019 03:43PM
My wife has shared this story a number of times with visiting missionaries, and it sounds a little (ok, very) hinky to me. I'm hoping someone here has heard it and confirm whether it is reality or fantasy.
As the story goes, a couple of tracting missionaries knocked on the door of a wealthy man who was expecting a nurse to change bandages and reapply ointments for some injury or condition he had. The nurse was late and the missionaries offered to keep the man company until she arrived.
When it became obvious that the nurse was not just late, but most likely not coming, the missionaries offered to help the man with his bandages and ointments. Though the man was prepared to call the nursing service to find out had happened to the nurse, he eventually accepted the help offered by the missionaries. The missionaries also promised to return regularly over the next weeks to help him complete his treatment.
True to their word, the missionaries returned several times like clockwork until the man was recovered.
The man offered them money for their services, much less than he would have paid the no-show nurse. They refused to accept of course, though the man was insistent and continuously increased the offer over the following weeks.
When it came time for the last of the two missionaries to go home, the man offered to pay his tuition, since he knew that the missionary was college bound. Once again the missionary turned him down.
A few years later, the man tracked down the return missionary, who was now married, had a degree, and just starting his career. The man arranged for the RM to visit him for old times sake.
When the RM arrived, he was surprised to see that the man had rewritten his will to name the RM as his sole beneficiary. All the RM needed to do was sign his name to the paperwork, and it was done.
The RM tore up the paperwork, which angered the man because the RM had refused literally everything the man had to offer. The RM remained resolute, but offered to help the man set up charities with his estate, saying that that would be the best way for the man to honor him.