Exploring the gospel principles of earth stewardship

Category “Scriptures and Quotes from Church Leaders”

For the Beauty of the Earth

Wednesday, 25 June, 2014

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…

Discovering the Word of Wisdom: A Review

Sunday, 2 February, 2014

In Discovering the Word of Wisdom: Surprising insights from a whole food, plant-based perspective, author and LDS Earth Stewardship member Jane Birch explores the connection between the familiar text of Doctrine & Covenants section 89 and the type of plant-rich, unprocessed diet advocated by leading experts in nutrition and medicine.  Birch recognizes and embraces the…

Asking the Right Questions

Monday, 6 January, 2014

It seems anytime new environmental action is proposed, the main questions that get tossed about in the public discussion are, “How much will this cost?” and “Who will pay for this?”  They’re important questions, certainly, but I do not think they are the most important questions.  I’d much rather we discuss the answers to “What…

Air Pollution: In Your Own Backyard

Thursday, 29 August, 2013

In a previous post, I mentioned that I’m originally from Los Angeles, a city whose air pollution is legendary. In fact, I’m part of the third generation of my family to call Los Angeles home. Probably not coincidentally, I’m also part of the third generation of my family to suffer from asthma. As I sincerely…

Intro to a Series: The Air We Breathe

Saturday, 16 March, 2013

I grew up in Los Angeles in the 1980’s.  More than a decade after the passage of the Federal Clean Air Act, LA’s worst air pollution days were behind it by the 1980’s, but smog alerts were certainly not uncommon during the hot summer days of my childhood.  It’s not surprising, then, that air pollution…

2013 Resolution

Thursday, 3 January, 2013

(As printed in the Herald Journal, Jan. 1, 2013) Turning the page on a calendar shouldn’t be the motivation to change one’s life but, for tradition’s sake, perhaps being kind could be given consideration as a resolution for 2013.  The fast-paced, competitive nature of our lives tends to push many of us toward the “survival of…

November Theme – Prudence and Thanksgiving

Thursday, 1 November, 2012

In section 89 of the Doctrine and Covenants, which is more commonly referred to as the Word of Wisdom, it makes the statement that: “[A]ll these are to be used with prudence and thanksgiving.” Although this scripture was specifically referring to herbs and other edible plants, this is good advice to live by in everything…

Water Conservation – August Theme

Tuesday, 31 July, 2012

Each month, the Public Outreach Committee will post a list of suggested themes/projects that our members can use as focal points for activities around their own homes and neighborhoods.  These will be listed on our Event Calendar page, along with firesides, conferences and activities of like-minded organizations.  We look forward to hearing the results of…

Addressing Hunger through Consecration and Conservation

Saturday, 9 June, 2012

If you aren’t aware that over one billion people will go to bed hungry tonight, it’s time to become aware. With the world’s population recently passing seven billion people, many have wondered if the world can continue to support the burgeoning population of the world. Books such as The Population Bomb in the 1960s warned…

Losing a Testimony

Friday, 24 February, 2012

Driving home after dark this week, I pulled over to look at the planet Venus towering over a crescent moon. Jupiter shone brightly even higher in the sky. I set up my spotting scope and gazed at the moons of Jupiter. My mind expanded as my eyes soared through the heavens. As they did, the…