Elder Boyd K. Packer in the 181st General Conference of the LDS Church stated that The End in not just around the corner. This prediction is good news for a variety of reasons. However, it is also cause for concern. This is the second time recently when I have found myself in agreement with Elder Packer. Does this mean that hell is going to freeze over?
The first time I agreed with Elder Packer was on the subject of apologetics. We both agree that being overly defensive is not a good thing. Now we agree that it is not “Apocalypse Now” . . . or even soon.
According the a Peggy Fletcher Stack story in the SLTrib (2 Oct 2011):
The end is not near, senior LDS apostle Boyd K. Packer said Saturday.
Today’s youth can look forward to “getting married, having a family, seeing your children and grandchildren, maybe even great-grandchildren,”
These days, you Mormons may have . . . anxiety about the future, Packer said, quoting them as saying, “The end of the world is going to come before I get to where I should be.”
To that, Packer declared, “Not so!”
While I’m concerned about what will happen to:
- books about signs that we are in the Last Days,
- books that claim to interpret the Book of Revelations,
- the doomsayer business in general (think Glenn Beck here), and
- the bomb shelter business
I will probably get over it. The problem with the whole “end-of-days” cult is the negative attitude that many develop toward the Earth.
An interesting generic quote appeared in a letter to the editor of Dialogue. It gives an excuse the letter write said Mormon’s frequently use for ignoring the condition of the Earth: “Well it’s the Last Days. The scriptures say thing will get bad at the end. It’s just a fulfillment of prophecy. There’s nothing I can do about it.” But this type of logic doesn’t go along with the stewardship admonistions of Brigham Young.
According to George B. Handley, Professor of Humanities at BYU:
. . . if it is inconceivable to justify pollution of the body since it will die anyway, why do Mormons and other Christians give in to the faulty logic that the Earth’s prophesied death justifies our willing participation in killing it? Perhaps we have simply become indifferent to the spiritual life of non-human beings. This is especially disappointing when we consider that LDS doctrine teaches that, if we are worthy, we can return to the Earth.
We Mormons need to get past our dark obsession with the Last Days.