It’s April Fools’ Day and pranks abound across the internet. Mr. Hot Stuff shared this one with our grown children today (it may have tricked one or two of them for a minute), which announced a new LDS General Conference meeting for Primary-aged children. Here is an exerpt from a satire website called The Sunday Pews:
“All children ages three through eleven are welcome at the session. Considering the unique nature of such a young audience, the Church feels that the Primary Session should be as accommodating to the children’s needs as possible.
As such, the session will take place on Saturday, April 1st at a time when most younger children are awake anyway – 5:30 to 7:30 AM. Children that plan on attending the live session should be dropped off by their parents outside the Conference Center at least 30 minutes before the session begins. Tickets are required.
General Authorities and leaders of the Church will address the youth as they do in traditional sessions, but messages will address age-appropriate topics such as reverence, prayer and the often misunderstood relationship between popcorn and apricot trees.
Have you been pranked today?
I’ve been thinking about some of the times when I’ve felt foolish, and not all of them have happened on April Fools’ Day. Usually though, it happens when I have spoken or acted in haste, without thought to the consequences. To be found foolish causes a sting to my pride, and I’ve learned over time to suck it up and admit my error rather than sit and marinate in attempts to justify myself.
Ecclesiastes 7: 8-9
8 The end of a matter is better than its beginning,
and patience is better than pride.
9 Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit,
for anger resides in the lap of fools.
April Fools’ Day is a good reminder that, even though we may be stubborn and foolish, we have been given a good way to overcome our errors and find peace of heart and mind.