Exploring the gospel principles of earth stewardship

2014 LDS Earth Stewardship Annual Meeting

“We should care for the Earth and preserve it for future generations.”

– Elder Russell M. Nelson
Paul Parker addresses the Annual Fall Meeting

Members and guests gathered for the 2014 Fall Meeting

Members of LDS Earth Stewardship and guests were privileged to gather on November 1 at Architectural Nexus in Salt Lake City for an evening of fellowship, thought-provoking conversation, and delicious food. The speakers at our Fall Meeting were Nancy Peterson and Paul Parker, who inspired us to reach further and do more to put Elder Nelson’s admonition into practice.

Nancy Peterson, pictured here on the front row, was our first speaker.

Nancy Peterson is the narrator of the inspirational “Our Home” video that has been prominently displayed on the Church homepage, and the YouTube Mormon Channel. Nancy shared her insights on the making of this faith-affirming video, and reflected on its message.

Paul Parker at Fall Meeting(2)

Paul Parker addresses the Annual Fall Meeting

We also heard from Paul Parker, recently appointed Executive Director of HawkWatch International. HawkWatch is a Utah-based non-profit organization working across nations in the western hemisphere to protect raptors and our shared environment through scientific research and public education. Trained as a landscape architect, Paul has had a diverse career working in corporate, government and non-profit organizations.  Prior to joining HawkWatch, Paul was Executive Director of the Center for Resource Management. Paul will share stories from his years of work with wildlife, energy and water resource issues, and demonstrate how we can become better “citizens of the Earth.”

Following the presentations, visitors were invited to tour the beautiful building, and learn how it was possible for the building to achieve elite LEED double Platinum status. (For information on the LEED green building certification program, please visit www.usgbc.org. )
A recording of Part 1 of the evening’s program is available here. (Approx. 20 minutes and 20 MB.)

A recording of Part 2 of the evening’s program is available here. (Approx. 40 minutes and 40 MB.)