Exploring the gospel principles of earth stewardship

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

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.

Photo by Ralph Johnson

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 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.

    Photo by Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times

  • 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.
  • The Church has made impressive efforts to recycle and to promote reuse.

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.

With Gratitude,

To the First Presidency and Presiding Bishopric of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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, these resources help members see the blessings associated with following the admonition of Prophets to plant a garden.

The Church has made impressive efforts to recycle and to promote reuse.

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.

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  • Chuck Shaw says:

    I look forward to the day when the Church stops talking about the earth in platitudes and starts talking seriously about climate change, overpopulation and the importance of protecting wilderness for the health and well being of other life forms.

  • Søren Simonsen says:

    Fantastic work! Thank you LDSES, and especially Brigham for leading this initiative.

  • Laurel Roberts Carroll says:

    Thank you for highlighting the church’s efforts in this regard, most of which I didn’t know about. I’m so happy to hear progress is being made and so appreciative of those who are working to encourage greater progress!!

  • Lenet Read says:

    I am thankful the Church cares deeply about our earth, and in a positive, non controversial way.

    I am certain the Lord is pleased.

  • sam says:

    I am so thankful for the earth; so thankful for stewardship; so thankful for BYU and the Church. Thank you!!!

  • rbr says:

    Keep up the good steward messages.

  • Alister says:

    I am grateful for the things the Church does do, however I wish they would take their light out from under the Bushel.

    In Australia we have just had a very hot summer which has resulted in a 97% bleaching event on the Great Barrier Reef. The Indian Ocean has a monster Cyclone happening at the moment just like the pacific ocean had earlier this year. These are not minor events, they are being exaggerated by oceans being warmed to record levels by Climate Change caused by our excessive use of Fossil Fuels.

    • Linda says:

      Do you want a church to be political? Do you realise there are people whose wants are as important as yours, who don’t want that. The duty of church administration is to teach the congregation. It’s the individual members of the congregation who are responsible for righting wrongs and teaching better ways to live by actively participating in the politics of the community they live in. The church has shone its light out as it should: now accept that it is you, along with other individuals that must shine your light out to right the wrongs you can see happening in your community.

  • Lawrence Hornbeck says:

    The church as a whole should stop using PLASCTIC SACRAMENT CUPS. Imagine the millions of plastic cups going into landfill. The paper will biodegrade. Paper worked before, is there an extra cost? I was told that by a member of a bishopric. I offered to pay it. We are now back, forever I hope, to paper. No more “lip” service re; environment.