In case you are wondering what Collusion Day is, please let me explain…
As you may be able to see from the graphic, Easter Sunday and April Fools’ happen on the same day. And for Latter-day Saints, the 188th Annual General Conference for Sunday occurs.
Now, you may be wondering why I chose the word “Collusion”.
Well, my Mother pointed out that the definition of collusion has changed from its older definition. Formerly, it has a strong legal implication, but now, thanks to the similarity between it and ‘collision’, it has morphed into something else, even to include a political bent, especially with the Trump administration and other uses.
Of course, I claim artistic freedom in naming this day of oddity, especially when you remember the following joke.
Atheist: “It isn’t fair that believers have their special holidays and we don’t have any.”
Christian: “Well, there is one day that is reserved for you”
Atheist: “What is it, then?”
Christian: “April Fools’ Day”
Seriously, selecting what celebrations that you engage in, despite being prejudiced or biased, and depending on your beliefs and traditions, is no small matter, especially when it happens to be Collusion Day!
This article (of the post shown above) on the Internet, entitled The significance of Easter on April Fools’ Day from the Christian perspective, and subtitled A day of fun and pranks coincides with an occasion that millions take very seriously, explores and describes the issue or problems of competing interest.
Also, for those who enjoy reading more about this subject, please visit https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/easter-and-april-fools-day-collide and Is it wrong for Christians to participate in April Fools’ Day? at https://rcg.org/questions/p103.a.html
And to top this off, #ldsconf or General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also occurs on this day. And of course, there are many camps or groups of people, ranging from strictly orthodox to excommunicated and/or nonbelievers. Please visit https://www.lds.org/general-conference
This poses a curious problem, and hopefully, helpful bloggers will be able to illuminate or shine some light on helping individuals find reasonable and fulfilling activities to do, whether they celebrate these things or not.
With Latter-day Saints, “Loud laughter or evil speaking of the Lord’s Anointed” is discouraged, due to a specific Temple promise and covenant, and so, a reasonable sensibility in context with the situation, seems to me, to be okay.
There are differences among the so-called types of humour — of what may be consisted funny and what is not. And unfortunately, we live in a digital world, where awkwardness of language and precision, do not lend themselves well in bringing common sense. And don’t forget the sheer amount of information dumped upon us everyday, of various agendas and political aspirations.
Mocking, or derision of Church leaders, who have been set apart, and called of God , (Please see Article of Faith #5 at https://www.lds.org/scriptures/pgp/a-of-f/1) is in violation of this Temple covenant, and so should be avoided by Latter-day Saints who wish to remain in good standing.
Boisterous laughing (that I interpret as Loud laughter), in the wrong circumstance, for example, during Church Service, may be misunderstood and take away from the reverent feeling of the meeting and respect of others.
So, with these two restrictions of humour out of the way, what is appropriate for celebrating with activities on both Easter Sunday and April Fools day?
I, myself, have chosen to compose and share this blog with you so that you might have a more joyful day, regardless of your beliefs and preferences.
Paraphrasing the Lord of the Rings with my own creative twist, I would like to end this blog.
“May the hair on your toes ever grow longer still.”