As Latter-day Saints we believe that, as beneficiaries of God’s divine creations, mankind should care for the earth, be wise stewards over it, and preserve it for future generations (see Doctrine and Covenants 104:13–15).
There is no doubt that Planet Earth is a beautiful and glorious place, and we are eternally grateful for our place in it. To celebrate Earth Day and this beautiful world Heavenly Father has created for us, here are six quotes from Latter-day Saint leaders on the importance of caring for the earth and nature as an expression of God’s power and love.
“Men cannot worship the Creator and look with careless indifference upon his creatures… Love of nature is akin to the love of God. The two are inseparable.” —President Joseph F. Smith
“Some people will say, ‘Isn’t there something more important to do? Shouldn’t we be caring for the poor versus caring for the earth?’ And my question is, are they not linked so inextricably that we can’t do one without caring for the other?” —Sister Sharon Eubank
“As beneficiaries of the divine Creation, what shall we do? We should care for the earth, be wise stewards over it, and preserve it for future generations.” —President Russell M. Nelson
“All of the beauty in the earth bears the fingerprint of the Master Creator.” —President Gordon B. Hinckley
“The better we care for this world and all in it, the better it will sustain, inspire, strengthen, enliven, and gladden our hearts and spirits—and prepare us to dwell with our Heavenly Father with our families in a Celestial sphere.” —Elder Marcus B. Nash
“Who can behold the many wonders of the universe without believing that there is a design for all mankind?” —President Thomas S. Monson