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Merry Christmas from LDS Earth Stewardship

Rock Canyon Botany Hike2013 was a big year for LDS Earth Stewardship. Here are just a few of the highlights.

  • The first highlight is not something we did, but something for which we are immensely grateful. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints launched a new Environmental Stewardship and Conservation web page. If you haven’t visited the web page yet, please do so. Now. I’ll wait.

  • As of the end of 2013, we have 176 official members, representing at least 21 states, seven countries, and three continents. If you haven’t joined yet, you can do so here.
  • Our 2013 Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City attracted about two dozen attendees. Our guest speaker was James Holtkamp, and a recording of his thoughtful and thought-provoking remarks can be found here: .

  • Our Facebook group has grown into a forum for more than 600 members and nonmembers alike to discuss stewardship topics. Our official Facebook page has many fans too. If you’re not a fan already, like us today.

  • Our blog has become a steady source of inspirational and educational posts, (fifty three in 2013 from a talented team of contributors). The Stewardship in Action series has been particularly welcome. One of our stewards, Don Jarvis, was chosen to be our first Earth Steward of the Year. (The other nominees were pretty inspirational too.)

  • LDS Earth Stewardship filed an application with the IRS to become a 501(c)3 non-profit. Our financial needs are modest, but this milestone means that contributions will be tax-deductible in the United States.

With the recent election of a whole new crop of enthusiastic and committed Board members, 2014 promises to be even better than 2013. For those in the Provo area, please join us for our last event of the year, December 30 at the Whipple home.

On behalf of the entire Board, have a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!