Exploring the gospel principles of earth stewardship

Our Other New Board Member: Karl Jarvis

June 26th, 2015 by Nathan Waite

We’re pleased to announce the new member of  the LDSES Board of Directors: Karl Jarvis. Here Karl introduces himself. It was worth the wait! It’s silly, really. I’ve been sitting at my computer, trying to start writing this blog entry for way too long now. I have several false starts and loads of pictures I could…

A New Board Member: Darren Hawkins

June 17th, 2015 by Nathan Waite

The LDS Earth Stewardship Board of Directors is excited to introduce two new board members. Here’s an introduction to one of them, Darren Hawkins, in his own words—and pictures! Stay tuned for the other announcement soon. Mountain biking last night, my friend and I rounded a bend in an aspen grove, emerged in a meadow…

Small Things

March 25th, 2015 by Brigham Daniels

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…

How Likes Turn Into Love

March 19th, 2015 by Brigham Daniels

This week on the LDS Earth Stewardship Facebook page, something cool happened. Our page was approaching 900 Likes. We put up a post on our page to encourage people to help us reach 900, and within a few minutes we hit 900. Within hours, we hit 1,000. By the end of the day, we were…

Society and the Individual: Balance and Imbalance in Mormon Ecological Thought and Action

March 17th, 2015 by BeauH

    Society, the Self, and Ecology Ecology in Latter-day Saint thinking has its greatest potential for good when ideals regarding the self and society are fully balanced and expressed. In this essay I will argue that Latter-day Saint doctrines of community include the natural world in profound ways, and elevate the more-than-human to much…

Low Risk Political Cover for a Religion

February 25th, 2015 by Dave Wallace

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…

The Warm In My Heart

February 23rd, 2015 by C. Jane

I. I went to lunch with a few scientists. We talked about the weather. “I am scared,” one of them said. “I don’t think we’ll have much snow in Utah anymore. This warm winter is probably the norm here on out. And if we don’t have wet summers we won’t have any water at all.”…

Message from the New Chair, Brigham Daniels

February 21st, 2015 by PeterA

I have described myself as a committed environmentalist for more than 20 years. And, while that has not changed, increasingly, I would describe myself more as a committed steward. What’s the difference? It is more a change of perspective rather than priority. I still care about air quality and public health, but as a steward, I now also…

Eternal Suffering

February 5th, 2015 by BeauH

  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…

This Land is Your Land

January 30th, 2015 by Josh F

There are few things in this world that have affected the life and death of humanity more than land ownership. Land is not simply physical space for growing crops or building homes, but a symbol of stability, prosperity, and perpetuity; as Euripides once mused, “What greater grief than the loss of one’s native land.” Civilization…