We are not owners but rather stewards of the earth. This means we are responsible to care for it.
We learn from the tenth article of faith that the earth “will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory” after Christ’s Second Coming. So does that mean that we don’t need to worry about how we treat it before then?
Definitely not. This earth is an incredible gift from our Heavenly Father, and we should treasure it as such. On Mormon Channel, a brief video called “Our Home” reminds us of just that. Beautiful footage filmed by people around the world highlights many blessings that come from the earth, and an inspiring script emphasizes the importance of showing our appreciation for those blessings by caring for the earth.
Here are some ideas from the video about how we can live in appreciation for the earthly home with which Heavenly Father has blessed us:
- Recognize that the environment influences your soul and that you, in turn, influence the environment.
- Enjoy the beauty of nature.
- Be grateful for the life-sustaining resources the earth provides.
- Accept responsibility for taking care of the earth.
- Look for ways that nature witnesses of God to you and inspires you to reach toward him.
As we appreciate the earth through our attitudes and our actions, we show love for our Father in Heaven. We will also receive blessings in return. As the Lord promises in Doctrine and Covenants 78:19, “he who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto him, even an hundred fold, yea, more.”
Be reminded of the wonderful blessings our earthly home offers us by watching the brief video “Our Home.”
Source: Mormon Channel
—Alicia Stanton, Mormon Insights
feature image by sean stanton
Find more insights
Read Elder Marcus B. Nash’s remarks about what the Church teaches about the earth and how we should treat the environment.
Discover additional resources from Mormon Newsroom about how we can care for our environment.
Read this article by G. Michael Alder about appreciating the earth.
Take a look at another Mormon Insights article about environmental stewardship.