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The Book of Mormons and the 2012 Predictions

Source: www.december2012endofworld.com

Mayans have predicted that cataclysmic or transformative events will take place on Dec. 21, 2012. This date is the last date of the 5,125 year long cycle according to the Mayan Calender. Although a lot of theories have been put forward, none have convinced the mainstream scholarship. Mainstream scholars from Maya feel that the idea that the calendar ends, in some way, misrepresents Maya History. Mormons have also been in the news for having their own beliefs on these predictions and even within the Mormons, there are people who believe it and don’t.

It is believed that a list of 2 million names has been made by the Mormons. They are stored on 2.4 million microfilm rolls that are kept in climate controlled repository behind a door that weighs 14 tons. Nothing can destroy the repository, not even a nuclear explosion. The purpose of this list could be to use this during the Baptism of the Dead. This is a ceremony practiced by the Mormons which is believed to reunite the dead eternally. This brings together family members after death.

All these beliefs were started in the mind of a young man named Joseph Smith who prayed for answers. He got the answers in the form of visions. In short, he was guided to build the Covenant of God by the Spirit.

3 groups are mentioned in the Book of the Mormons. The Jeradites are the first group that lived from 2200 BC to 600 BC. A massive battle in Comorah killed the last Jeradite. As this happened, two more groups moved to the new land. The two new groups are called Nephites and Lamanites. Nephite was the group that believed in the Laws of Moses and Lamanites were the ones who didn’t. Nephites were eventually destroyed by the Lamanites.

Moroni is the last Nephite who appeared as a spirit to Joseph Smith. Mormon population can be found in the State of Utah. There are a few conspiracies surrounding this as well. Some believe there is an underground city being built that is large enough to sustain 10% of the population of the world. This is built to escape the apocalyptic events that are believed to happen on 2012. It seems that Mormons know something that the rest of the world doesn’t know about the events that will occur in 2012.

Some believe that when you read the Mormon teachings, they seem light years ahead of some other belief systems with respect to enlightenment, technology, scientific truth, etc. Whether this is true or not, only time will tell. As not many know of Mormons, a lot of mystery surrounds their beliefs and practices. The believers say that the teachings are quite simple and as you read more, you will achieve greater knowledge and understanding of its beliefs. There are a lot of takers for the 2012 prediction and a lot more who don’t believe in it. Both sections have their reasons and some just don’t have the time to dwell on it.

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