Exploring the gospel principles of earth stewardship


This week is Thanksgiving, my husband’s favorite holiday. I’ve spent half of my Thanksgivings with him, so his love for this holy day has rubbed off on me.

I have so much to be thankful for. I am surrounded by abundance, comfort and security. I have hope and convictions that give meaning to the narrative of my life. I have enough challenges to give rise to creativity and growth, and to stave off ennui and the despair of boredom.

As a member of LDS Earth Stewardship, I am full of gratitude. This organization has helped me become a better steward by giving me opportunities to share my convictions, both writing here and speaking in public. As I share my beliefs and experiences, I feel a greater sense of accountability; others now know my personal standards and will hold me to them.

The new topic page about Environmental Stewardship and Conservation in the LDS Newsroom is another cause for gratitude. Just as I feel my personal accountability is increased by my profession of belief in principles of stewardship, I believe that the Church is also to be held accountable for its teachings. I am so thankful that we have a clear point of reference on these issues, so that all members of the Church can remember the responsibilities we have and the standards by which we will be judged.

Come, ye grateful people, come. It is the end of fall, the time of harvest, abundance and gratitude. The earth is full of grace and bounty, and I give thanks for it and for the love of my Heavenly Father that surrounds me. This earth is a place of great and terrible beauty, and I am thankful that I am here to see and use and care for it.

  • Peter says:

    Well said. It seems to me that thankfulness is an essential component – maybe a foundation – of stewardship. After all, how can a person exercise the wisdom and discipline to practice responsible stewardship without first recognizing the value of what we share? I’m thankful for the great and terrible beauty of the world, but especially for the beauty of Utah. I’m thankful for wonders of nature, for the complexity of biology, for plants and animals that interact in ways that nobody understands.

  • Laura says:

    Beautiful, Rachel. I especially echo gratitude for the way LDSES has given me a chance to develop as a steward. I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving.