In recent weeks, members of the Church who are colloquially referred to as “Doomsday Preppers” have been in the headlines for their belief that the catastrophic events will soon occur. Many cite Julie Rowe, an LDS woman who shared her near-death experience and visions of the last days in a popular book, as one source for the speculation.
The Church released a statement Saturday due to the volume of media inquiries about the matter:
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.