SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Sept. 25, 2015 (Gephardt Daily) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is formally addressing rumors among its faithful that the end of world is near.
The rumor is tied in part to a rare celestial occurrence known as a blood moon. It takes place when a lunar eclipse happens at the time the moon is closest to Earth. That phase is called a “super moon.” There won’t be another until 2033.
Fears are also being stirred by the work of Mormon author, Julie Rowe. Rowe’s two books, “A Greater Tomorrow: My Journey Beyond The Veil” and “The Time Is Now,” deal with Rowe’s alleged near-death experiences and her purported view of an apocalyptic future, which includes a nuclear attack on Israel.
Speculation of the impeding doomsday has proven so disturbing among some Mormons the LDS Church issued an official statement to members of the media through spokesperson Eric Hawkins designed to calm its followers’ fears.
“The Church encourages our members to be spiritually and physically prepared for life’s ups and downs. For many decades, Church leaders have counseled members that, where possible, they should gradually build a supply of food, water and financial resources to ensure they are self-reliant during disasters and the normal hardships that are part of life, including illness, injury or unemployment.
“This teaching to be self-reliant has been accompanied by the counsel of Church leaders to avoid being caught up in extreme efforts to anticipate catastrophic events.
“The writings and speculations of individual Church members, some of which have gained currency recently, should be considered as personal accounts or positions that do not reflect Church doctrine.”
The LDS Church’s announcement comes on the heels of an advisory statement made by the Church earlier this month telling members in their seminaries and religious institutes to be wary of assertions made in Julie Rowe’s books.
For NASA’s official explanation of what a “supermoon” is, please click on the video below.