Environmental Stewardship and Conservation

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This beautiful earth and all things on it are the creations of God (see Genesis 1:1; Moses 2:1; John 1:10; 2 Nephi 2:14). As beneficiaries of this divine creation, we should care for the earth, be wise stewards over it, and preserve it for future generations. The earth and all things on it are part of God’s plan for the redemption of His children and should be used responsibly to sustain the human family (see 1 Nephi 17:36; Moses 1:39; Abraham 3:24–25). However, all are stewards—not owners—over this earth and its bounty and will be accountable before God for what they do with His creations (see D&C 104:13–15). All humankind should gratefully use what God has given, avoid wasting life and resources, and use the bounty of the earth to care for the poor and the needy (see D&C 49:19-21).

To truly reverence the Creator, we must appreciate His creations. God intends His creations to be pleasing to look upon and to enliven the mind and spirit (see D&C 59:15-19). For that reason, making the earth ugly offends Him. It is important to see and appreciate the glory and grandeur of God in everything about us (see D&C 59:20–21), because the state of the human soul and the environment are interconnected—each affects the other. The earth, all living things, and the expanse of the universe all eloquently witness of Him (see Alma 30:44; D&C 88:45, 47).

Accounts and portrayals of the Creation show that God cares about all He has made—His children, the earth, and all living things on it. The earth and its fulness were first created spiritually (see Moses 3:4-5), and the great variety of life forms God created give the earth its beauty and diversity. The earth and its creations are eternal (see D&C 77:1-2). The earth will be sanctified and receive celestial glory (see D&C 88:18-19). It will be the home of the righteous, who will enjoy God’s presence (see D&C 88:25-26).

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