Mormon church issues statement about lunar eclipse apocalpyse

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Mormon author declares the world will end before the end of September.

Salt Lake City — 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.

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.

Sunday night’s “blood moon” and recent natural disasters and political unrest around the world have led to a rise in sales at emergency-preparedness retailers. She was greeted by an ancestor named John and she was taken on a tour of the afterlife and said she was allowed to read from The Book of Life which records every event in the history of Earth. 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. John Hagee, founder and current leader of the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, has been prophesying for months that the upcoming “blood moon,” so named for the reddish hue that the moon takes on as it is illuminated by sunlight passing through the Earth’s atmosphere, will bring calamity.

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. Pastor Hagee told the London-based evangelical Christian news site Christian Today this next one will “point to dramatic events in the Middle East.” Storing away enough food and water in case of disaster, job loss or something worse is part of the fundamental teachings of the Mormon religion.

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. 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. 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. Since a young age, Mormon Christians are taught to be prepared for anything and to always have money and supplies put away for a future when the world as we know it will come to an end and Jesus Christ will make another appearance on Earth.

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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