September 4th, 2019 – Church-goers at a Latter-day Saints congregation in Minnesota bowed their heads, prayed, and saw the face of Obi-Wan Kenobi this past Sunday. The jedi master wasn’t a visiting speaker for the weekend’s service but instead a prank pulled by a member of the church.
Obi-Wan, portrayed by Ewan McGregor in the Star Wars prequels, was plopped down amongst images of Jesus on the cover of the church’s program. McGregor’s long, brown hair and bearded face fit right in alongside the son of God strolling the beach, feeding birds and playing with children.
“In all of living have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured,” the program said quoting Gordon B. Hinckley.
While Star Wars fans had to endure a lot with those prequels, Mandy McConnell Wright was simply hoping to bring some enjoyment with the program. The church member owned up to the prank via her Instagram account, which has now been changed to a private setting.
“I have seen a lot out there where people think this is fake or was an accident from googling Jesus pics not knowing it was Obi Wan. I was fully aware of what I was doing,” she wrote from her account itsalwright101.
The Jesus-Wan mixup has been done before with a viral prank getting a hell of a lot of laughter back in 2017. A Reddit user claimed his brother swapped out a photo of Jesus for McGregor’s Obi-Wan and that their mother hadn’t noticed three months into the joke.
That religious role-playing came on the heels of a 2015 incident where a woman claimed her mother framed a photo of the jedi thinking it was Jesus.