LDS members inspire faith-driven initiatives to preserve the natural world

Despite sharing a small south-campus apartment with three other roommates, Brian Shirts is passionate about his garden, which he cultivates on a few small patches of Earth in his apartment complex parking lot.

“The ability to make my own spaghetti sauce and make it taste better than anything you can buy is a great feeling,” Shirts said. “I guess it all comes down to being able to create something and the desire to make it the best.”

Shirts is far from alone in his desire to maintain a connection with nature. Among Latter-day Saints, interest in environmentalism has grown since the 1970s, when then church President Spencer Kimball renewed Brigham Young’s decree that church members, as the earth’s stewards, should clean up and cultivate their properties.

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