The Mormon church have moved to calm their members down, after several more radical followers of their teachings decided to claim the Blood Moon set to appear this weekend will hail the end of the earth.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, that has 15 million members worldwide, have issued caution to their followers amid mass panic.
They claimed followers should be ‘spiritually and physically prepared for life’s ups and downs’, but added a word of warning to calm fears, stating they have to ‘avoid being caught up in extreme efforts to anticipate catastrophic events’.
Obviously they at no point refute the idea there will be a catastrophic event, but saying anything at all is a rare step, and has come from the increased fear mongering and food hording that has been going on among members of the religion.
The fears are thought to have been amplified by Mormon author Julie Rowe, who, since her own near-death experience in 2004, where she claims she passed into the ‘spirit world’, has been proclaiming that a ‘second coming’ is on the horizon.
Rowe is an active member of the religion, but the Mormon church have made it clear they do not endorse her teachings, and she should not be recommended as ‘a teaching source’.
Given she has written that ‘the time has come’ on her website in light of the Blood Moon, that’s probably a good thing.