Exploring the gospel principles of earth stewardship

Archive for August, 2011

Why compost?

Tuesday, 30 August, 2011

A little while back I gave a presentation at our former ward’s “Skills Day”.  The half-day event was part of a summer-long programme of events spearheaded by the Bishop with the aim of encouraging self-sufficiency in these hard economic times. I was asked to speak about gardening as MBCB and I have a large fruit…

Summer Laundry

Thursday, 25 August, 2011

I don’t want to air my dirty laundry, but clean laundry, now that’s a different story. I can remember being a child, running through sheets hanging out to dry. They were magical, those impromptu tents, flapping above the ground, with me, standing inside the light colored shade, darting from one cool shelter to another. As…

Earth stewardship: Personal virtue or basis for policy?

Monday, 22 August, 2011

This is a guest post by Peter. A United States Vice-President once notoriously dismissed conservation as “a sign of personal virtue,” but not a basis for a comprehensive energy policy.  I’ve thought about that dichotomy many times as I’ve listened to earth stewardship conversations.  I’ve noticed that people tend to approach the principle of stewardship…

The Parable of the Grocery Cart

Sunday, 21 August, 2011

Friday afternoon I took my two boys (a 2 year old and a 4 year old) to the grocery store to pick up some milk. I found a pretty good parking spot by the side of the building, but just as I started to pull in, I noticed there was one of those big grocery…

A Quote from President Monson

Tuesday, 16 August, 2011

In the spirit of “recycling” I’ll be posting quotes on this blog that I collected while writing for a previous blog.  Here is a quote from President Monson: “Does the world in which we live stand in need of the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ? Almost everywhere one looks there appears an erosion…

Garden Favorites

Monday, 15 August, 2011

The busy season in my garden began at the same time as my morning sickness this spring.  I had big plans for filling up the garden plot my husband and I rent, but when it came time to start planting my much-anticipated fennel, all I really wanted to do was sit in a lawn chair…

Walking to Zion: The End

Friday, 12 August, 2011

Doctrine and Covenants 89:10-11: And again, verily I say unto you, all wholesome herbs God hath ordained for the constitution, nature, and use of man—Every herb in the season thereof, and every fruit in the season thereof; all these to be used with prudence and thanksgiving. The first thing the advance pioneer teams did when…

I cannot condemn you: A lesson from yoga to stewards

Saturday, 6 August, 2011

One of the best lessons I have learned from years of teaching yoga is to be non-judgmental. Let me explain. In doing a forward bend, some people can easily fold in half and grab their feet. Some may even be able to stand on a step, and reach down below their feet without feeling any…

Salvage and Salvation

Thursday, 4 August, 2011

The landfill at Springville is two stories high, with a steady line of trucks bringing more. We went there to dump a truckload of concrete-like slag from Geneva steel that we’d dug out of our garden. Signs posted everywhere warned against salvaging. The saddest thing was that so many of the things being dumped looked…

My introduction

Tuesday, 2 August, 2011

As my first post for LDS Earth Stewardship I thought I might explore how I came to think of myself as a ‘steward of the Earth’ and how that relates to my being a latter-day saint.  My upbringing was hardly radical, I was raised by devout converts to the church who gave me a sound…