Sunday, August 21, 2011
Brother Joseph and the Chocolate Bar
We did buy a little box of chocolate covered "sponge" on our way out. Some people call it "honeycomb", I grew up calling it "seafoam". I just realized how far I have veered off my purpose of this post...
So, I looked up the history of chocolate on Wiki , and confirmed my fears:
"It is believed that the English company, J. S. Fry & Sons made the first chocolate for eating in 1847" (source)
Why does his matter? It matters because it means that Joseph Smith never got to eat a chocolate bar! He was killed in 1844. That is so wrong! After all the things that Joseph did for us, our faith, and the world, you would think he could have at least gotten the chance to enjoy a chocolate bar. (I hope you all know by now that I have a great love for the prophet Joseph, if not, please read this: (Previous post) )
This morning I had some quiet time, and my thoughts turned to Joseph's lack of chocolate, and I started thinking, if I had the opportunity to give Joseph a candy bar, what would I choose? Would I go with a pure chocolate bar? MIlk or dark? Snickers? Ooh - Milky Way?
Then my amazing brain began to pursue this idea further. If I could escort Joseph Smith around for a day, what would I do with him?
It seemed easy at first. Then it got more complicated. Would keep him to myself and my immediate family? If it went public, that would be the end of the day - the media, the crowds, etc. So, I figured he could just hang with me and my family.
Here are some things I would do, and would not do:
Buy him a candy bar.
Let him drive my truck. In an empty parking lot.
Take him for a ride on the freeway. (Me driving)
Take him for a drive to see church buildings and temples.
Have FHE. Even if its not Monday.
Show him the good and bad of the internet.
Have him autograph my Triple Combination.
Set up SKYPE call with President Monson - me included!
Take him to see a 3-D movie, just to watch his reaction.
Apologize a lot. For myself and society.
Break out the BBQ ribs.
Have him explain to me how the translation process worked.
Sit and listen to him tell stories until he can't talk anymore.
Bring close friends and family together and have a testimony meeting.
Try my best to explain how grateful I am to him.
I would not:
Buy him a 44oz caffeinated beverage.
Show him "The Work and the Glory" movies.
Take him to the mall.
Try and amaze him with my knowledge of the scriptures.
Let him watch TV or listen to talk radio.
Show him my garden.
Ask him to do chores.
Try and explain things like tattoos and piercings.
Videotape the experience.
Show him this post.
Oh, and my answer to the orignal question is "Reese's Peanut Butter Cups". But not the full size ones, the miniature ones wrapped n foil. (No, not the new tiny ones without wrappers)
I know I already presented the perfect list and choice, but now it's your turn. If you could spend the day with the Prophet Joseph...
- What would you do?
- What would you NOT do?
- What candybar would you buy for him?
(The obvious answer: "I would do whatever he wants to do" is unacceptable for this exercise. And boring.)