Exploring the gospel principles of earth stewardship

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A Thank You Letter to the First Presidency and Presiding Bishopric of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Thursday, 17 March, 2016

As members and friends of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we recognize the importance of the gospel principle of stewardship of the Earth.  We thank the Church for its teachings and its actions to model this principle.  From the first verse of Genesis to General Conference talks, the Church’s doctrine has consistently…

Book Review: Think Like a Commoner

Sunday, 27 December, 2015

Garret Hardin’s “Tragedy of the Commons” essay made an indelible impression on me when I read it many years ago. The idea that selfish individuals would inevitably abuse a resource to destruction, (and to society’s detriment), embedded itself deeply in my psyche, dimming whatever hopes I had that humanity might naturally be inclined to stewardship….

A Petition to the World’s Leaders

Monday, 16 November, 2015

The following is a petition written by BYU students—endorsed and hosted by LDS Earth Stewardship: An open letter to the delegates of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21/11) to be held in Paris, 30 November-11 December As concerned members and friends of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we raise…

Is My Culture a Monoculture?

Monday, 19 October, 2015

Today’s post is by Cindy Bluemel, who lives in Lyle, Washington, a little town right along the Columbia River. The mother of three married children and ten grandchildren, she likes to compost, recycle, design energy-efficient homes, and watch HGTV for the house-flipping shows.  She also has a knack for coming up with recipes. Seven years…

Green Apple Day of Service

Friday, 11 September, 2015

The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council is working to make sure every student has an opportunity to attend a school that is healthy, sustainable, and not overcrowded. Better schools create better learning environments and places to practice environmental stewardship and conservation. LDS Earth Stewardship is partnering with the U.S. Green Building Council on…

Rock Canyon Botany Hike

Thursday, 10 September, 2015

We had a great turnout for this year’s Annual LDS Earth Stewardship Botany Hike. We saw some familiar faces as well as many new people. We even ran into Ginger Wooley, head of the Rock Canyon Preservation Alliance which has been working for decades to protect Rock Canyon from development.  Dr. Clint Whipple led the…

Small Things

Wednesday, 25 March, 2015

The following is a guest post by Tori Christensen:   “Give,” said the little stream As it hurried down the hill; “I’m small, I know, but wherever I go The fields grow greener still.” — Fanny J. Crosby “ ‘Give,’ said the Little Stream”   I think of this song often in my little efforts…

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…

Eternal Suffering

Thursday, 5 February, 2015

  In this short essay I want to ask: Is our destiny suffering? In other words, is suffering a celestial activity? And in asking these questions, I hope to shed light on our stewardship. Reading Job and thinking about the nature of suffering, especially in a discussion informed by theodicy, or the question of how…

Five Things We Learned from Our Recent Survey

Thursday, 29 January, 2015

The survey results are in. Forty-three individuals responded to the survey questions and over forty additional comments and observations were sent in.  Surveys came in from as far away as Australia and Germany.   Five concepts came out of the survey that could improve LDSES and assist members in their personal growth and community efforts toward stewardship:…