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In the temple, we learn that God organized the earth intending that all living things should find joy in filling the measure of their creation. God's love and concern extend to all beings, not only human beings (Ps. 104; Luke 12:6). We are even told that animals have their own eternal destinies (D&C 77:2-4). These teachings prompt us to see ourselves as part of a much larger ecological whole. All created beings are called to glorify God and participate in the divine plan (D&C 128:23; Rev. 5:13). There is a powerful truth in affirming that every one of us is the focus of God's personal attention. But it is also true—and painfully humbling—that we are specks in a created order so vast that all of human existence, from our most enduring accomplishments to our most horrific tragedies, fades into utter insignificance (Moses 1:8-10; Job 38-41).

Our Heavenly Parents have entrusted us to be stewards of the earth (Abr. 4:26). While we may use the planet's bounty for our benefit, God instructs us to do so judiciously, without excess or exploitation (D&C 59:18-20). In fact, though, we have not been wise stewards. As depicted in Enoch's vision, the earth prays to be delivered from the evil we have inflicted on it (Moses 7:48). In the Restoration, God reaffirms gospel principles such as consecration, temperance, and respect for life in hope of averting the environmental disasters that the human race is bringing upon itself (D&C 1:17-18; 5:5, 19). The work of ushering in the Millennium includes environmental renewal—rebuilding urban wastelands and restoring deserts to fertility (Isa. 61:4; D&C 133:29).

 All Creatures of Our God and King  (Hymns 62)
 All Things Bright and Beautiful  (Children's Songbook 231)

Joseph Smith: John [the Revelator] saw curious looking beasts in heaven . . . , that had been saved from ten thousand times ten thousand earths like this,—strange beasts of which we have no conception. . . . John learned that God glorified Himself by saving all that His hands had made, whether beasts, fowls, fishes or men. . . . John heard the words of the beasts giving glory to God, and understood them. God who made the beasts could understand every language spoken by them.
Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1976), 291

Joseph F. Smith: I do not believe any man should kill animals or birds unless he needs them for food. . . . I have been surprised at prominent men whom I have seen whose very souls seemed to be athirst for the shedding of animal blood. They go off hunting deer, antelope, elk, anything they can find, and what for? "Just for the fun of it!" Not that they are hungry and need the flesh of their prey, but just because they love to shoot and to destroy life.
Gospel Doctrine (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1939), 265-266

Jeffrey R. and Patricia T. Holland: How do we fill the measure of our creation? . . . To be all that we can be, the only assignment for each of us is (1) to cherish our course and savor our own distinctiveness, (2) to shut out conflicting voices and listen to the voice within, which is God telling us who we are and what we will be, and (3) to free ourselves from the love of profession, position, or the approval of others by remembering that what God really wants us to be is someone's sister, someone's brother, someone's friend.

On Earth As It Is in Heaven (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1989), 6

Boyd K. Packer: The very purpose for which the world was created, and man introduced to live upon it, requires that the laws of nature operate in cold disregard for human feelings. We must work out our salvation without expecting the laws of nature to be exempted for us.

“The Moving of the Water,” Ensign, May 1991, 7

Alexander B. Morrison: This is not the place to recount in detail the extent of the environmental damage that in every country poses a major challenge to the future of the world as we know it. . . . There is, however, a broad consensus among scientists: details aside, our current way of life is simply environmentally unsustainable.

Visions of Zion (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1993), 77-78

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