Jabari Parker's Mormon mission and an extra Sunday general conference session?

Published: Tuesday, April 1 2014 2:15 p.m. MDT

High school standout Jabari Parker attends the NCAA basketball game between BYU and Cal State Northridge, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. He might be laughing now about the "news" item about his supposed missionary work while in the NBA.

Ben Brewer, Deseret News

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was included in several April Fools' hoaxes this year around the Web. From general conference announcements to rehashing the idea of a BYU-Logan, members of the LDS faith had several opportunities to fall for a prank online.

Matt Evans tried to pull a fast one on all Mormon sports fans with his article on Times and Seasons titled "NBA strikes deal with LDS Church for Jabari Parker."

"Today the NBA announced a landmark agreement with the LDS Church to ensure that Jabari Parker’s desire to serve a mission does not interfere with his draft prospects, saying the church has agreed to their proposal to call Parker to serve as a missionary in the city of the NBA team that drafts him," Evans wrote.

The detailed article went on to explain how living situations will be handled, how companionships will work and what type of proselytizing opportunities will be available.

Special attention was also given to how Parker's mission president would handle the situation.

"Church spokeswoman LaDawn McConkie says the church expects Parker’s mission president will be flooded with requests from missionaries asking to be Parker’s companion, but it’s all part of a president’s demanding job," the article said.

"According to ESPN, the mission presidents in the cities with teams most likely to win the draft lottery are already making plans."

LDS Bookstore joined in on the April Fools' pranks with its own press release about general conference.

"Members of the LDS church will be getting an additional two hours of inspiring messages from church leaders beginning this weekend at the 183rd Annual General Conference, President Youknowho of the third quorum of the Seventy announced early Monday morning," the article stated. "The new session of conference will be held on Sunday evening, beginning at 6pm MST."

It was also reported that a "munch and mingle" would take place after the last session on the temple grounds in Salt Lake City.

The Cache Valley Daily also repurposed its April Fools' article from last year, which stated that the LDS Church had purchased Utah State University and would rename it BYU-Logan.

Other satirical content geared toward members of the LDS faith has surfaced throughout the year, including the supposed creation of a popcorn tree and other prank pieces from The BunYion, including "Justin Bieber to Attend BYU by Court Order" and "BYU Statues Break Honor Code."

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