As children of God, we have a divine calling to care for the earth, use its resources wisely, and preserve it for future generations.
The budding of a flower, the pounding of a waterfall, the shining of the stars—each scene and element contributes to the masterpiece of the earth. God created the earth as the place where he could redeem his children through his Beloved Son. The article “Environmental Stewardship and Conservation,” published in the Gospel Topics section of LDS.org, describes our role in caring for the earth.
God has entrusted us to take time to appreciate the earth, care for it, and use its resources appropriately. By doing so, we act in our divine calling as stewards over the earth.
Stewardship does not equal ownership. The article teaches us that as stewards, we are accountable to God to “preserve resources and protect for future generations the spiritual and temporal blessings of nature.” It also teaches us to “gratefully use what God has given, avoid wasting life and resources, and use the bounty of the earth to care for the poor.”
Being wise stewards can be as simple as picking up trash on the side of the road or as complex as starting a community recycling project. Wise stewards are aware of their environmental impact and are involved in preserving the earth’s resources.
The Church’s stewardship
Church leaders recognize the role of environmental stewardship in God’s plan and encourage us to conserve energy and natural resources. They have implemented green building initiatives, water conservation efforts, and recycling projects.
The earth has enough resources for everyone as long as we take care of it the way the Lord intended.
Source: Gospel Topics
—Kimberly Austin, Mormon Insights
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