For those that are that way inclined, you better pack your bags now and head for high grounds as it appears the Mormon apocalypse is nigh. And, with flooding taking out parts of Hilldale, Utah, it seems the Mormons may be onto something.
According to a recent article from the Inquisitr, the Mormon apocalypse is a result of the blood moon occurring on September 28, 2015. While a blood moon is a common enough occurrence, in 2015, this will be the forth instance of such an event, and this is reportedly why the Mormons have picked this day for their apocalypse. Although they are not alone in believing the apocalypse will occur on this day. American pastor John Hagee has a very successful book, Four Blood Moons: Something Is About To Change that explains just why he thinks the apocalypse is upon us.
Another such person profiteering from the Mormon apocalypse is Mormon and mother of three, Julie Rowe. She has two books out on the potential apocalypse and attribute a near death experience with the visions that foretold of this apocalypse. Among other things, she claims her visions showed her “earthquakes, tsunamis, famines, plagues, and wars” plaguing the earth. According to the Huffington Post, the official stance from the Church of Later Day Saints (LDS, or, more commonly known as “the Mormons”), is that the end times are not near and also say that Rowe’s book is “not endorsed by the church and should not be recommended to students or used as a resource in teaching them. The experiences … do not necessarily reflect church doctrine or they may distort doctrine.”
However, this has not stopped Mormons across both the LDS and FLDS (Fundamentalist Church of Later Day Saints) from stockpiling food in case of the apocalypse. If the Mormon apocalypse is true, all the money Hagee and Rowe have made from sales of their books will be rendered useless come September 28. However, that isn’t stopping a booming trade for preppers businesses in Utah. In an interview with Huffington Post, Jordan Jensen from Emergency Essentials in Bountiful says their 72-hour emergency kits are “almost impossible to keep on the shelves and we get a shipment every day.”
And now, with devastating flooding occurring in Hildale, Utah, it seems the Mormons may be right. Hildale is a town in Utah that resides on the border of Arizona. The town consists of mainly fundamentalist Mormons that freely practice polygamy. Previously, the fundamentalist Mormons followed their prophet, Warren Jeffs, but after his incarceration in 2007 for child sexual assault, the head of the church is now unclear. Some reports indicate William E. Jessop or Merril Jessop. Other reports state Wendell L. Nielsen as the church’s head.
Since Monday, 12 deaths have been confirmed during the Hildale flooding, according to USA Today. However at least one person is still missing. The Salt Lake Tribune saying search and recovery efforts were “were painstakingly slow” thanks to thick mud and debris. The severe flooding occurred at approximately 5 p.m. local time, washing vehicles off the roads. One vehicle has reportedly in the process of backing out of Maxwell Canyon when it was swept away. Continuous heavy rainfall throughout the night hampered search efforts. According to the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City, Hildale received 2.5 inches in two separate storm cells that moved through closely together on Monday.
What do you think, is the Mormon apocalypse true or is it just a coincidence flooding has hit Hildale now? Let us know by commenting below!
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