Exploring the gospel principles of earth stewardship

Category “Earth Stewardship”

A New Board Member: Darren Hawkins

Wednesday, 17 June, 2015

The LDS Earth Stewardship Board of Directors is excited to introduce two new board members. Here’s an introduction to one of them, Darren Hawkins, in his own words—and pictures! Stay tuned for the other announcement soon. Mountain biking last night, my friend and I rounded a bend in an aspen grove, emerged in a meadow…

How Likes Turn Into Love

Thursday, 19 March, 2015

This week on the LDS Earth Stewardship Facebook page, something cool happened. Our page was approaching 900 Likes. We put up a post on our page to encourage people to help us reach 900, and within a few minutes we hit 900. Within hours, we hit 1,000. By the end of the day, we were…

Society and the Individual: Balance and Imbalance in Mormon Ecological Thought and Action

Tuesday, 17 March, 2015

    Society, the Self, and Ecology Ecology in Latter-day Saint thinking has its greatest potential for good when ideals regarding the self and society are fully balanced and expressed. In this essay I will argue that Latter-day Saint doctrines of community include the natural world in profound ways, and elevate the more-than-human to much…

Low Risk Political Cover for a Religion

Wednesday, 25 February, 2015

In a recent LDS Earth Stewardship (LDSES) survey, 93% of respondents indicated that the most important LDSES program was working with the LDS Church to promote and encourage stewardship. Can LDSES efforts be effective and are they worth it? We recently learned that the Pope is set to issue the first-ever comprehensive Vatican teachings on the…

The Warm In My Heart

Monday, 23 February, 2015

I. I went to lunch with a few scientists. We talked about the weather. “I am scared,” one of them said. “I don’t think we’ll have much snow in Utah anymore. This warm winter is probably the norm here on out. And if we don’t have wet summers we won’t have any water at all.”…

Message from the New Chair, Brigham Daniels

Saturday, 21 February, 2015

I have described myself as a committed environmentalist for more than 20 years. And, while that has not changed, increasingly, I would describe myself more as a committed steward. What’s the difference? It is more a change of perspective rather than priority. I still care about air quality and public health, but as a steward, I now also…

This Land is Your Land

Friday, 30 January, 2015

There are few things in this world that have affected the life and death of humanity more than land ownership. Land is not simply physical space for growing crops or building homes, but a symbol of stability, prosperity, and perpetuity; as Euripides once mused, “What greater grief than the loss of one’s native land.” Civilization…

The Growing Library of LDS Stewardship and Conservation Resources

Wednesday, 7 January, 2015

Over the past three years, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has created a growing online library of resources related to environmental stewardship and conservation topics. These readily accessible tools are valuable in learning about the doctrine, themes and messages from the LDS standards works, reviewing important statements and inspirational messages by Church…

On the Move

Sunday, 14 December, 2014

Humans move fast, and we’ve built a world to accommodate that need for speed. We have the internet, where global communication boils down to a few clicks and witty comments; we have cars, trains, planes and many other types of vehicles that make travel a trivial experience. In the interminable hustle and bustle of modern…

Steward of the Year Award 2014

Saturday, 15 November, 2014

LDS Earth Stewardship is an organization dedicated to educating both members and non-members of the LDS Church about doctrine concerning responsible stewardship of the earth. As such, the organization encourages individuals and communities to contribute to conservation efforts and commit to greener living. Once a year, the LDS Earth Stewardship Board of Directors requests nominations for…