Mormon Prophets and the Environment : Creation, Sin, the Fall, Redemption, and the Millenium
Allison, William Thomas,Matt, Susan J.
Dreams, Myths, and Reality : Utah and the American West
Salt Lake City
"In this paper, I will examine some of the theological questions that bear on the environment. I will argue that the relevant teachings are those related to the creation, the fall, the atonement, the gathering, the establishment of Zion, and the millennium. I will cite the nineteenth-century prophets who revealed and formulated these doctrines, most particularly on the teachings of Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, and Parley P. Pratt, and will explore the historical linkages between the doctrines and practices of the LDS people. As we consider these things, we will see that Mormon leaders conceived a broad environmental ethic--or what Max Oelschlaeger called care for God's creations--as an important aspect of the church's core teachings on salvation, consecration, stewardship, community building, and Christ's millennial reign." [From author's introduction]