As an LDS Church member, just how should I feel about the earth? In this session, I explore that question from the perspective of ecotheology, studies that address the extent to which Church doctrine influences members’ perception and practices relative to the earth and its creatures. I suggest that LDS leaders provide limited guidance concerning our physical and spiritual relationship with our planet, and, consequently, Latter-day Saints may be neglecting the environment in ways that ultimately undermine Church goals and values. I hope to raise issues and generate discussion about ways we as Latter-day Saints might reverse this trend and become much better environmentalists.
H. Parker Blount, Christian Anderson