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Respect for Creation

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Modified on 2011/02/21 04:36 by xinara Categorized as Scouters Five

Respect for Creation

BY KAREN ASHTON

“All things are created and made to bear record of me, both things which are temporal, and things which are spiritual; things which are in the heavens above, and things which are on the earth” (Moses 6:63). The heavens and the earth were created by Jesus Christ under the direction of Heavenly Father. The sun, stars, seas, animals, trees, flowers, fruits, vegetables, and all else show that you have a Heavenly Father and a Savior who love you (see Moses 6:63). It pleased them to create the earth and all the things upon it to bless you and help you be happy (see D&C 59:18–20).

Heavenly Father and Jesus created Adam and Eve, the first man and woman on earth, and placed them in a beautiful garden called Eden. Adam was commanded to take care of the garden (see Moses 3:15) and to name “every living creature” (see Moses 3:19).

You are part of Adam’s family; and you, too, can help care for the earth. You can plant a flower, a tree, or a garden to make the earth more beautiful. Plants also provide oxygen, food, and shelter. You can help save water and food by not using more than you need. You can help keep the earth clean and beautiful by picking up litter wherever you see it.

You can care for the animals by being kind to them and providing food and shelter for them. Animals are our friends and helpers, given to us for our benefit and use and to gladden our hearts (see D&C 59:16–18). Some help us work, some give us food and fiber for clothing, and many give us companionship as pets.

You can thank Heavenly Father for these blessings when you pray. When you care for the plants and animals of the earth, you can show your gratitude and reverence for these wonderful creations.

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