As we celebrate this Easter morning, reflecting on the resurrection of the Savior from physical death and the path open to each of us to overcome spiritual death, let us also take a moment to reverence the gift of the earth.
Whether this morning finds us in church, at home, or on a mountain, let us remember that this temporal home comes from God, and eventually will be renewed in paradisiacal glory. Although this earth has been abused and misused through the ignorance and selfishness of man, let us remember that it will ultimately be raised from its debased condition. Let us contemplate the role that each of us can have to be an instrument in that redemption.
Can the God who is mindful of the fall of a single sparrow be indifferent to the extinction of a species or the obliteration of an entire ecosystem? Of course not. Privileged to live when we do, we face environmental challenges on a scale vastly greater than did our forebearers. We live in an age of almost daily revelations of new environmental concerns, threats that would overwhelm us with despair, were it not for our sustaining faith. Rather than despair, we resolve ever more strongly to forces for good in a chaotic world.
Yesterday, a few LDS Earth Stewardship volunteers enjoyed a beautiful morning cleaning litter from the shoreline of Utah Lake. Next week, a similar group in Maryland will establish native plants at a historical church site on the banks of a Chesapeake Bay tributary. These actions, though tiny on the global scale, are the essence of earth stewardship. Let us move forward from the tiny to the great. Let us build on this foundation of service, drawing hope and strength to dare to change the world.