I have to admit that I am rather insulated from the doomsayers who associates insist are confident and vocal that the end is nigh at hand. I do have one friend that has made cryptic comments suggesting that he thinks something eschatological is near. It doesn’t really surprise me, really. However, I do find the contemporary incarnations, as I have said before, not only goofy and creepy, but a bit dangerous.
I recently came across a report of the 1850 half-early conference meeting in London. One of the elders got up and in his sermon stated:
The gospel has been preached more extensively in this land, than in America. There they persecuted the saints, and murdered the prophet. The elders were withdrawn, and the curse of God has rested upon America from that day to this; and she will yet be deluged with blood, for the wicked shall slay the wicked. Her power shall be prostrated — her government destroyed — and her union abolished. Division, with its dire consequences, shall spread its deadly and dark influences around her. All the various stakes that have ever been established, and thrown down, will be rebuilt; Far West, Kirtland, and Nauvoo, will again shine as the curtains of Zion. 
Mormons have had no shortage of foils to engage since this time and it seems that we often fall to the temptation of fearing the boogey man. There are people who have made it their life work (and life’s profit) to fearmonger. And we have seen plenty of it in recent memory (see here for some fun). I thought Y2K may have quenched the apocalyptic tendencies of our people, but that may have just been wishful thinking.
If we are disappointed in the night of our slumber, perhaps it will be that in looking to the future, we chose not to build the successor to our grand attempts at Zion and feared, considering violence and the tools of our foe.
- Half-yearly Report of the London Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Held in the City of London, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 30th and Dec. 1st, 1850… (N.p.: N.pub., n.d.), 7.