Exploring the gospel principles of earth stewardship

Stewardship in Action: Ralf Grünke

August 17th, 2014 by Karl

Ralf Grünke Public relations professional, green city councilor Tell us a bit about your personal background. Some may think my life is full of paradox, but it mostly makes sense to me. I come from a strong Lutheran background, but I’m a practicing Mormon. I was raised within the borders of beer-loving Bavaria, but had…

This is the Place

July 15th, 2014 by GeorgeH

Jacob lay down on stones for pillows and slept. And in his dreams he saw a ladder reaching up into heaven with “the angels of God ascending and descending on it.” It was a curious thing, to be sure, to find oneself sleeping on stones only to then discover that, as he says in the…

Bumping Into People: A Member-Missionary Approach

July 2nd, 2014 by PeterA

Bumping Into People: A Member-Missionary Approach By Søren Simonsen July 2014 July is a wonderful month, as we celebrate the 1,400 mile trek of the Mormon Pioneers from Winter Quarters to the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. Those pioneers who walked with faith in every footstep can inspire us still today. Specifically, they have inspired me…

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…