Mormonism and the environment

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Church leaders have taught about environmental stewardship.



President Russell M. Nelson

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.[1]

The Lord has entrusted us to care for the earth. He said: “It is expedient that I, the Lord, should make every man accountable, as a steward over earthly blessings, which I have made and prepared for my creatures. I, the Lord, stretched out the heavens, and built the earth, my very handiwork; and all things therein are mine. And it is my purpose to provide for my saints, for all things are mine” (D&C 104:13–15; see also Rev. 7:3).[2]

Elder Marcus B. Nash

All humankind are stewards over this earth and its bounty—not owners—and will be accountable to God for what we do with regard to His creation. . . . As stewards over the earth and all life thereon, we are to gratefully make use of that which the Lord has provided, avoid wasting life and resources, and use the bounty of the earth to care for the poor.[3]

Elder Massimo De Feo

For people of faith, protecting and preserving our planet is not just a matter of survival. It is our home, and we consider it a creation and a gift of God.[4]

Bishop H. David Burton

It’s about creating a place of worship that works in harmony with the environment. . . . For decades we have looked for innovative ways to use natural resources in our meetinghouses that reflect our commitment as wise stewards of God’s creations. . . . As the Church continues to grow globally, and there is a greater demand for meetinghouses, more than ever we need to engage in wise construction practices to benefit both the environment and our members.[5]


  1. "The Creation," April 2000 general conference
  2. "The Creation," April 2000 general conference
  3. "Righteous Dominion and Compassion for the Earth,", 2013
  4. "Elder De Feo participates in Conference on the Future of Europe session," The Church News, 20 Jan 2022
  5. "Solar-Powered Construction Design Gets “Green” Light from Church Leaders", 27 April 2010