I'm not certain of the origin. I'm guessing that its Rodger K Young who claims he saw a vision of the tent cities and then others jumping onboard with similar claims. I read a book about a near death experience (Sarah Menet) who claims that she saw vision of tribulations prior to the second coming and one of the things she saw was good people gathering to places of safety with meager supplies and living in tents. She claims most of these gatherings were taking place in the western states.
I normally would not place much weight in such claims but I do think the church's persuit of buying land all over for girls camps is really weird and it makes sense to me that it might be for bigger and more important purposes. Other issues have made me concerned. The ecomony, I think it will end with the dollar going to zero. An economic collapse could cause civil unrest. The military/homeland security has been training for civil unrest/martial law. D&C 45 says that a desolating sickness will cover the land and that war will be everywhere except in zion. Haliburton building detention centers all over is weird. I have to admit, these are exciting times and I think there are a lot of signes suggesting that some serious stuff will be hitting the fan in the future. So I'm keeping an open mind and watching with interest.
I don't see what the big deal is with the church buying land for girls camps. The land they are buying for these camps are not that much and not very often. I think the problem stems from one or two accounts of the church buying land and building camps and then the conspiracy theorists start assuming that it is a major deal and blows it way out of proportion. here is an official website about the new Heber girls camp facility-
Now, from what i understand, the church is placing more of an emphasis on the youth programs- funding more $$$ intot he programs. I am not sure how many LDS people now live in northern Utah along the wasatch front but I am guessing that these little camps are not going to be used for anything like some apocolyptic "tent city" when the supposed United Nations takes over our country. Less than 1% of utah mormons could fit in the girls camps. I don't but it- I believe it is all a conspiracy.
As for the economy, the LDS church operating out of SLC is wholly dependent upon the tithing of it's saints which in large part is funded by a strong American economy. If saints pay their tithes they are protected to some degree. It would be futile to believe that the economy would fail when the church is going through such a great expansion phase. The Lords work- building temples, missionary work, etc is dependent to some large degree upon the economy of this country being stable. I believe the Lord works to protect the economy so that his church can continue to flourish.
As I understand, America is "Zion" and the last time I checked, this country still is a Christian nation. We haven't resorted to casting out and stoning the prophest yet and so we are protected. In fact, Americans for the most part embrace their evangilacal leaders.
As for the detention centers to be contracted by Haliburton, here is the official press release. I can't see where something like this goes to the conspiracy extremes that people talk about.-
Almost every conspiracy theory I have looked into is based off of partial truths, lies, bad or politically charged opinions or misguided information.
Now I am not saying that there isn't a conspiracy that is actually happening with the girls camps or the detention centers, But I am looking at it from the logical side and assuming that nothing out of the ordinary is happening- no actual conspiracy seems apparent. Conspiracy theorists always say- "it's happeneing, just wait and see". I am middle aged now and have been waiting for that "just wait and see" my whole life and as to date, the only real surprize in my lifetime was the fall of communism in Russia and East Germany both of which are in complete opposition to the conspiracy theorists prophecies.