Exploring the gospel principles of earth stewardship

For the Beauty of the Earth

Despite the scriptures and heritage of the restored gospel, Mormons are not generally considered by themselves or others to be environmentalists. Part of this has to do with American politics and the unfortunate association of environmental concerns with liberal politics. I would prefer to think that conservatives can value conservation, that prudent use and preservation for future generations can overcome the desire for current production and profit.

Despite this political polarization of the proper use the earth and her resources, the Church has begun to quietly reassert its moral position on environmental stewardship.

Not long after Elder Marcus B. Nash of the Seventy spoke at the Stegner Symposium on Religion and the Environment about “Righteous Dominion and Compassion for the Earth,” the Church Newsroom created a webpage devoted to Environmental Stewardship and Conservation. The page continues to be updated with more content.

The newsroom page is also being more accessible to members. When it was first launched, in order to find the page, the searcher had to go the the Newsroom and search through the topic pages. Now, a search on lds.org for “environment” gives the Environmental Stewardship and Conservation page in the top results.

The latest move on the environmental front is the production of a beautiful, 94 second spot on the Mormon Channel. In this short piece, the LDS Church moves the discussion of care for the environment away from a partisan, divisive debate and into the space where we all live, the common realm of experience for progress, growth, and importantly, beauty and joy.

Watch the video Our Home here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGxYvos1DMw.

“The state of the human soul and the environment are interconnected, with each influencing the other.”

Amen.

(Cross posted at timesandseasons.org)

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  • avatar ReaderRachel says:

    Also, just for fun, I clicked on the transcript button for the video. This is bit of accidental poetry is what came up:

    the
    hour
    the place in which we live there every human is going on
    for every linesman there every motions film
    where in every circumstance is experienced on
    her is our home
    the earth is much more than a man
    much more than anything to consume
    the stated the human soul in the environment and interconnectedness
    with each affecting and influencing the other
    is intended to be pleasing
    to my mind
    and her spins we depend on it
    County
    when the arthritis
    me kind tunes
    our responsibilities to take care cherish
    yard students
    beauty of God’s creations
    humankind
    and if we preserve the special places in there unspoiled stay
    you once I’m
    completely with each other
    spiral

  • avatar Jason Hirst says:

    The hijacking of environmentalism by democrats (even though I don’t consider myself a Republican) was the biggest turn-off for me and kept me from having more pro-environment positions. It also did the biggest harm in slowing the scientific progress regarding global warming when scientific issues became a matter of politics. Scientists (a-political) were being ridiculed because they doubted the majority’s position – when skepticism if fundamental to science.

    That being said, I am very glad the church is moving to making this a non-partisan issue. I think this is what we need to move forward politically as well as to overcome skepticism individually.

  • avatar Dave Wallace says:

    I consider “the earth is much more than a man, much more than anything to consume” statement to be significant. By the Church setting an example in suggesting people move away from partisan and divisive debate, the concept of stewardship has a better chance of being taught and discussed within the walls of a church. As long as stewardship is considered an off-limits political issue within many congregations, we all have a steep hill to climb.

  • avatar Peter says:

    Thanks Rachel, for putting the video into context. The video, Elder Nash’s talk, and the Newsroom page are all worthy of celebration singly, but taken together they form an even more heartening pattern of the Church articulating what had previously been left implicit. I hope we can see more like this.

  • avatar ceisys says:

    Great to see a Mormon with courage