Sunday, 22 April 2012

EMS: Earth Day

the mormon theology on the planet?  ever wondered?   the quote below is the seventh lesson from the nursery manual (children 18 months - 2 years old).  it is the first lesson a child in the mormon church will hear about the planet earth in church.
Working under the direction of Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ created the beautiful world we live in (see Moses 2:1). The purpose of the creation of the earth was to give us a place where we could be tested and gain experiences in order to become more like our Heavenly Father (see Abraham 3:24–25). The wonderful beauties of the earth bear witness of the power and great love of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ (see Moses 6:63).
in the LDS scriptures in the Topical Guide, you will find entries for:
  • Renewal of Earth: "desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose"
  • Destiny of Earth: his seed, the meek, shall inherit it
  • Purpose of Earth: replenish, subdue, "be as gods"; "knowing good and evil"; "that ye may be partakers of the divine nature"
during the first general conference of the new millennium elder nelson said:  
Grand as it is, planet Earth is part of something even grander—that great plan of God. Simply summarized, the earth was created that families might be.
i'm not sure about the goal being only families, since we are taught that "men are that they might have joy" :) ... but i do believe that we are all a part of something much greater than us as individuals, and yet at the same time i believe that the worth of one individual soul is infinite.

i've known my whole life what joseph wrote in the doctrine & covenants: “The earth is full, and there is enough and to spare; yea, I (the Lord) prepared all things.” (D&C 104:17)

to me, this means as a true disciple of Christ one would need to be sure to do all one can to help the earth and make it possible for all of the souls here on the planet to "have joy" and inherit their divine right.

i'm guessing, that is part of the reason we were told to only eat meat sparingly and only during times of winter, war, or famine.  so this earth day, lets try to follow the word of wisdom more fully by giving up meat for one day a week.  meatless mondays anyone?

if you have little ones, this is a fun and free coloring book about earth day

here is a documentary called Meat the Truth

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