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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Oct 2014 LDS General Conference

2014 4-5 4 Oct
2013 5-6 14 Sep
2012 6-7 26 Sep
2011 1-2 8 Oct
2010 2-3 18 Sep
2009 3-4 28 Sep
2008 4-5 9 Oct
2007 6-7 22 Sep
2006 7-8 2 Oct
2005 1-2 13 Oct
2004 2-3 25 Sep
2003 4-5 6 Oct
2002 5-6 16 Sep
2001 6-7 27 Sep
2000 7-8 9 Oct

Note that this October will be the only conference I am aware of (I did not go back beyond 2000, I invite someone else to do so) that intersects with Yom Kippur. Not only that, but it occurs on a Gregorian Saturday (Sabbath). The Saturday PM session in when we sustain the leaders of the church.

Yom Kippur is regarded as the "Sabbath of Sabbaths." From Wikipedia: "According to Jewish tradition, God inscribes each person's fate for the coming year into a book, the Book of Life, on Rosh Hashanah, and waits until Yom Kippur to 'seal' the verdict.... The evening and day of Yom Kippur [a Jewish day starts at dusk and ends at dusk, dark to light] are set aside for public and private petitions and confessions of guilt (Vidui). At the end of Yom Kippur, one hopes that they have been forgiven by God." So Yom Kippur is the day of judgment, which immediately follows the day of atonement---the day before Yom Kippur---one final chance to repent and ask forgiveness from God before your fate is sealed. Repentance in Judaism means to return to God. This is much more than abstaining from certain acts or engaging in neglected acts. It is establishing (returning to) a relationship of loyalty with God. It is the opposite of apostatizing.

On the 8th of October (Wednesday after conference), there will be a blood moon. This date is also the eve of Sukkot, the feast of tabernacles, when Jews build a rough shelter and sleep in it for 7 days. The last day of Sukkot will feature the start of a meteor shower which will last 2 weeks. During the meteor shower (23 Oct) there will be a partial solar eclipse. This eclipse will begin at the northwest tip of Alaska (right next to Russia), and trace a line from that point to the southern tip of Florida, tracing the whole United States. The meteor shower goes on for over a week, but will peak the 21st and 22 of Oct. The 23rd of Oct is a new moon, meaning the moon will not be visible.

So, in October 2014 we have:

  • General conference at the same time as Yom Kippur.
  • The moon turning to blood.
  • Stars falling from the sky.
  • The sun not giving its light.
  • The moon not giving its light.
  • An eclipse that traces the whole of the USA from Russia's border with Alaska to the tip of Florida.