Exploring the gospel principles of earth stewardship

Category “Spiritual Moments in Nature”

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…

Without a Car

Friday, 22 February, 2013

It’s been a week and a half since we’ve driven our car. We’ve been able to do everything we normally do. I even figured out how to load my 13-year old’s bike into the bike trailer so that when I pick him up from his voice lessons, we can ride our bikes the 3 miles…

Intermountain Bioneers Conference & LDS Earth Stewardship

Wednesday, 3 October, 2012

The 9th annual conference of the Intermountain Bioneers will be held in Logan, Utah.  An “Evening with the Bioneers” will be held at the LDS Tabernacle on Friday, October 19 where the 250-member American Festival Chorus will be directed by Craig Jessop (former director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir).  There will also be presentations by the Bear…

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…

Remembering those on the Isles of the Sea

Wednesday, 4 January, 2012

I recently met Greg, a most unusual exile on Tiritiri Matangi, a small island off the coast of New Zealand. Greg is a Takahe. When the first Polynesians arrived in New Zealand, Takahes roamed all across both the North and South Islands. Unfortunately, the rats and dogs that they brought decimated the native birds, especially…

Elegy for My Tomatoes

Thursday, 3 November, 2011

Today I acted as undertaker in my garden, but Instead of planting the deceased in the soil, I freed them from it. I tugged frost-wasted bodies of tomato and bean plants free. I was amazed, as I always am amazed, At how such small roots can support those great gangly things, Those sprawling wonders that…

Brief Semi-Random Thoughts on “My Heavenly Father Loves Me”

Monday, 1 August, 2011

Yesterday in sacrament meeting some of the youth sang My Heavenly Father Loves Me  (LDS Children’s Hymn Book 228): “…I’m glad that I live in this beautiful world Heavenly Father created for me… …He gave me my mind, my life, my heart: I thank Him reverently  For all his creations, of which I am part. …

A Sunday Drive Through the Alpine Loop

Thursday, 14 July, 2011

This last Sunday my family was at home lounging around, not really doing much. We have two kids (a 4-year-old boy and a 2-year-old boy). The boys were acting restless—squabbling, whining and what not. It was starting to get on my nerves and so I suggested we all hop in the car for a car…