Hypothetically speaking, if your bishop invited your congregation to a special meeting or fireside, and in this meeting was a broadcast from the first presidency inviting us (not commanding us) to leave our homes and jobs and live in tent communities in various places as refuge from the world, would you go?
I’ve asked this question to a few friends and family as a conversation starter and I’ve had various responses. Each time it leads to interesting discussions.
It’s an interesting question. It would take a lot of sacrifice and faith to just walk away as things around us seem relatively peaceful right now.
But things may not alway be as they seam.
The reason this is on my mind is because my wife and I have recently read two books by Julie Rowe.
A Greater Tomorrow
Her first book, A Greater Tomorrow, Julie details a near death experience (NDE) she had in 2004, in which time she was shown many things, past and future.
Having read and enjoyed Visions of Glory, this book was like a second witness. There were a few things that seemed slightly contradictory so I wondered if either could really be taken 100% literal. But at the same time, the door is open that both could be literal as there are possible explanations to these seeming contradictions.
The Time is Now
Julie’s second book, The Time is Now is a follow-up to her first book. She got so many questions about her first book that she felt inspired to write this one on what to do to get prepared.
In this book she includes a lot of scripture references and quotes from prophets and apostles, past and present.
I will admit, I was very skeptical of these books at first. They are not scripture and they do not come from the leadership of the church. But after reading them, pondering them and praying often about them, they “taste good” to me.
The way I see it, these these are either true, or one big hoax. I lean about 98% towards these being true.
So what am I doing about it? I’m doing all I can to prepare — both spiritually and temporally. I wouldn’t say I’m preparing out of fear. I feel I’m preparing more out of excitement.
If these books are truly visions that these people have had, and if these visions come to pass, then things are going to get hard – very hard. But there will be a lot of miracles come to pass and once the hardships start to subside things will get better, gloriously better! I would love to be around to witness all of this, and I would love to have my family witness it with me. (I’ll admit that in the past I figured I would rather die than go through the trials described in the last days, but I don’t feel that way now).
So we are doing all we can to prepare. I won’t go into details on what we are doing, but essentially we are taking more seriously the council that the prophets and apostles have given us for years and giving strict head to their words.
So what if they are a hoax? What then? Well, Julie is not suggesting we do anything that our leaders have not counseled us for years and years to do. If it is a hoax and 5-10 years from now life is pretty much the same as it is now, well, then, my family will have a years supply of food storage and other emergency storage. We will have less debt. We will have spent more money preparing and doing these things that we would have on vacations and other “stuff”.
Is this a bad thing? I don’t think so. That is why I feel these books are good and the fruit of them is good. My wife and I read these two books together — both of them within a week each. We are on the same page and it has brought a great spirit of urgency into our home. Like I said, we are not scared, but excited and a little anxious. And while we have a sense of urgency, we are also planting our fruit trees so to speak. As I write this I’m excited to ride the Cannibal at Lagoon and coach little league baseball again this year.
I’ve noticed these two books and Visions of Glory have been in the top sellers for “Mormonism” on Amazon for a while. I don’t know why haven’t heard about them until recently.
My father-in-law first told me about Visions of Glory and my sister-in-law told us about Julie Rowe’s books. I know that many people will look at me as crazy when I start talking about these books, so it is hard to know who to share them with and when.
But I was thinking tonight that I would be upset with my friends and family that knew about these books and didn’t tell me about them. So I thought I would start here on my blog and share this post with my friends and family.
Don’t let these books replace your scriptures. Rather, read these books and study your scriptures more. As I have done this I’ve found more insight and interest in the scriptures. And as the authors of these books point out, it is more important to prepare spiritually than temporally. Learn to recognize the promptings of the Spirit and you will know how to prepare temporally.
This is an exciting time we live in and it is only going to get more exciting.