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A few years after joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Daniel decides he would like to serve a full-time mission for two years. Naturally, his father's reaction is anything but positive. They would have little-to-no opportunity to communicate for two years. In the father's eyes, saying goodbye for two years was akin to saying goodbye at a funeral. As such, for the first part of Daniel's mission, he lacked support from home as his father refused to answer calls and letters. By using common themes of loneliness and longing, this scene connects readers and viewers of every background to Daniel and his father. Nearly everyone has someone that they miss at one point or another, but this play instills hope that all is not lost. Throughout his mission, Daniel hoped that his father would find joy in his life again by returning to the Church of his youth. Likewise, Daniel's father had hope that his son would return to him and that they would be able to resume the friendship they found during Daniel's college years.
"Prodigal Son" may have been written by a Mormon playwright, but the hope depicted by the characters is not limited in who it may reach.