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 taught of the Earth’s importance. Recent Church efforts have reminded us of our obligation to be wise stewards of the Earth. This message to appreciate, care for, and protect the Earth resonates with us. We have different backgrounds and political views, yet we share a love for the gifts God has given us. In the Earth’s beauty and variety, we see the Creator’s love for His children and all His creations.
Specifically, we thank the Church for its recent efforts to clarify further our responsibilities as stewards. Recent publications on LDS.org and MormonNewsRoom.org have been particularly powerful, teaching the words of the prophets and expounding the scriptures in an easily understood format. We also express gratitude for the recent video “Our Home.” The scenery contributed from members around the world provides a stunning and inspirational snapshot of the Creation. It reminds us all to recognize, cultivate, and appreciate beauty wherever we are. We also find inspiration in the words of Elder Marcus Nash who recently spoke concerning stewardship of the Earth. Publishing the talk on MormonNewsRoom.org provides a valuable resource.
We also recognize the Church’s efforts to exemplify wise stewardship. Here are a few highlights of the Church’s action:
- The Church has pushed forward its Green Building Initiative, which focuses on sustainable and energy efficient design including adding solar panels to some chapels and receiving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for some buildings.
- The Church has taken efforts to conserve water, energy, and natural resources, including the striking example of addressing its water consumption in drought-stricken California by letting the lawn die at the Los Angeles temple.
- The Church has sponsored community gardening. While only a fraction of these gardens have received the attention they deserve (see here and here), these resources help members see the blessings associated with following the admonition of Prophets to plant a garden.
In conclusion, we express our deepest gratitude for your efforts to teach the importance and to demonstrate wise stewardship of the Earth. We thank and sustain you.