Exploring the gospel principles of earth stewardship

Using a Forest to Build a Bridge

June 30th, 2014 by Dave Wallace

The terms are “building bridges” and “bridging the gap”.  You hear the terms quite often in attempting to find common ground among groups with diverse viewpoints. Just what constitutes a “gap”?  Can all “gaps” be closed and if a gap is successfully closed, should the “gap” meet in the middle? In the environmental world there…

For the Beauty of the Earth

June 25th, 2014 by ReaderRachel

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…

Give Me a Minute to Compose Myself

June 2nd, 2014 by Dave Wallace

Most of us who enjoy the great outdoors have a favorite spot we consider our sanctuary. Your spot may be among the cathedral- like trees of a forest.  Perhaps your spot is next to a stream where the sounds of the water melt your troubles away. You may have a favorite fishing spot where an…

Book Review: Roads in the Wilderness

May 31st, 2014 by PeterA

Roads in the Wilderness is a thoughtful and insightful examination of the meaning and significance of roads in southeastern Utah – canyon country. Referencing the earliest non-native explorers, Jedediah S. Rogers reminds us of the disparate ways that the region has been perceived over more than two centuries: wasteland to be avoided or conquered, resource repository, spiritual…

The Grand Rescue, Guest Post by Blake Thomas

May 29th, 2014 by GeorgeH

We are pleased to share this guest post by LDSES member, Blake Thomas: I was raised in the suburbs of northern Virginia. Frankly, there was nothing that was strikingly unique about my environment or myself. My neighborhood was overrun with identical tract housing and the heat radiating from asphalt scorched my imagination. My weekends were…

Stewardship in Action: George Handley

May 14th, 2014 by Karl

George Handley Professor of Comparative Studies & Interdisciplinary Humanities Tell us a bit about your personal background. I was born into the church, having pioneer ancestors on both sides of the family, but my conversion and decision to be an active member really didn’t happen until I was 17. I had a pretty typical middle…

Stewardship in Action: James Holtkamp

April 29th, 2014 by Karl

James A. Holtkamp Partner, Holland & Hart LLP Senior Fellow, Wallace Stegner Center, University of Utah College of Law Tell us a bit about your personal background. I learned to love the outdoors growing up in Utah County and wanted to be an invertebrate biologist (I actually had a pet leech when I was a…

Interrupting the Cycle

April 28th, 2014 by Dave Wallace

Take yourself back to your sixth grade science class where you were taught the hydrologic cycle.  Your teacher told you that surface water evaporates changing water from a liquid state to a gaseous state. Condensation occurs when water vapor condenses onto small airborne particles to form clouds. This vapor and clouds are then carried by…

Earth Stewards, where are you?

April 22nd, 2014 by PeterA

View LDS Earth Stewardship members in a full screen map In the few years since its founding, LDS Earth Stewardship has grown to include members across the United States, in nine countries, and on five continents. That’s a fine start, but only scratching the surface of what we could be. Our Facebook community has grown…

A Solution is Just Outside Your Backdoor

March 13th, 2014 by Dave Wallace

In February 2014, Church leadership asked members in California to fast for much-needed moisture.  Many members prayed for a change in weather patterns that would bring the moisture. Within days after the fast, most of California was doused with rain and snow.  The fast also presented an opportunity for us to consider that the west…