‘Blood Moon’ seen as sign of end times by some Mormons

26 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Once in a Blood Moon: Some Utah Mormons Are Stockpiling for the ‘End of Days’ This Sunday.

This Sept. 13, 2015 image provided by NASA shows the moon, left, and the Earth, top, transiting the sun together, seen from the Solar Dynamics Observatory. Jodi Hansen knows that she’ll probably still find bills in her mailbox on Sept. 28, and she doesn’t anticipate that her house will end up in Australia after a massive polar shift. What if the doomsday experts are right and Sunday’s “blood moon” eclipse triggers catastrophic events around the world, including her normally sedate neighborhood? That combination hasn’t been seen since 1982 and won’t happen again until 2033. (NASA/SDO via AP) SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A rare confluence of a lunar eclipse and a supermoon set to happen this weekend has prompted such widespread fear of an impending apocalypse that the Mormon Church was compelled to issue a statement cautioning the faithful to not get caught up in speculation about a major calamity. But I figure, ‘Why not be prepared?’ ” A total supermoon lunar eclipse, which is also known as a blood moon, appears larger and brighter than other full moons because it’s at the closest point in its orbit around the Earth.

Hansen, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, is among many Mormons who have stockpiled food, water, propane, batteries and tents in case “doomsday” is imminent. But I’d say we’ve had a 100 percent increase.” “The earthquake in Nepal, the turmoil in the Greek and Chinese economies and our stock market are honestly more of an influence,” he says. “People are saying, ‘If the blood moon means the end of the earth, we’d better prepare. And if the world doesn’t end, it’s probably best to prepare anyway, because something else may come up.'” Some “preppers” have apparently been influenced by Mormon blogger Julie Rowe, a Tucson, Arizona, mother of three who claims she saw the world’s cataclysmic future after a near-death experience in 2004.

She wrote two books, A Greater Tomorrow: My Journey Beyond the Veil, and The Time is Now, showing visions of plagues, famines, tented cities and massive global catastrophes. The belief that regular history will someday end, bringing a second coming of Jesus, is embedded in the minds of Mormons and the church’s official name. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University in California Kevin Allbee, spokesman for Utah-based Emergency Essentials, said his company has seen a steady rise since June with sales up 200 to 300 percent.

The public pronouncement by the church comes after leaders earlier this month sent a memo to teachers in the church’s religious education system for high school and colleges telling them to be wary of Mormon author Julie Rowe’s books. Rowe said she doesn’t intend to make her comments church doctrine, but she chose to share her story to help people prepare for the “times we live in by increasing their faith in Christ and by looking to our prophet and church leaders for guidance.”

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