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Or, why do we use “Mormon”? Our movement and organization launched over a decade ago, many years before the more recent direction given by President Russell M. Nelson in 2018 to use the correct name of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Since then, we have reflected, sought inspiration and discussed at length …

By Soren Simonsen Happy Winter from the Mormon Environmental Stewardship Alliance, as we’ve crossed the winter solstice in recent days and enter a new season. 2023 has been a troubling year of impacts from waste and pollution, including declining air and water quality, to loss of biodiversity and growing food insecurity for people and wildlife. …

May you find this Christmas season a time of rest and renewal, that will sustain you in both in your personal life and the work we share of creation care. As Isaiah reminds us, “they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

“The EPA has taken an important action to live up to their public responsibility to address oil and gas pollution with its final methane rule,” said Soren Simonsen, MESA Board Member and Methane Rule lead organizer, and long time air quality and climate change champion in Utah. “There is nothing more fundamental to life than safeguarding our atmosphere and the air we breathe. This means caring for our environment and for each other through strong and reasonable protections, using our natural resources with wisdom and prudence, and without unnecessary and harmful waste.”

Join our annual MESA Symposium exploring Latter-day Saint and other spiritual perspectives on the sacred nature of land stewardship on November 11, 2023 beginning at 9:00 am. Register here for this virtual, free event.   The recent designation of Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni – Ancestral Footprints of the Grand Canyon National Monument in Northern Arizona …

Election season is upon us in the United States and other places. Primaries are underway for local and state offices in many Western States with large Latter-day Saint populations, and many Church members are on the ballot running for many offices. Some places are holding special elections for federal offices (such as Utah’s 2nd Congressional District) and various ballot initiatives. 

From our desert valleys to spectacular canyons, forests, lakes, rivers and streams, our lands are a magnificent reminder of our Heavenly Father’s Creation.  Mormons understand the importance of wilderness. Throughout the stories recorded in the Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine & Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price, people and prophets have sought spiritual guidance, received inspiration …

By Emma Penrod- published 03/27/2018 in the Salt Lake Tribune’s LDS Conference edition insert There are many words Farmington resident Alicia Connell might use to describe herself. Mormon. Mother. Realtor. But up until a few years ago, ”environmental activist” didn’t seem to fit. “It’s not that it was told to me by the church, that …

New analysis finds near-unanimous support of Bears Ears and other national monuments as public comment period closes, including a 9‑to‑1 margin among Utahns by Aaron Weiss- Media Director for Center for Western Priorities- published July 10, 2017 in Medium Corporation’s Westwise online publication With just hours remaining in President Trump’s 60-day public comment period reviewing 21 years of …

by Ty Markham, Chair of MESA- posted on January 4, 2018 A few months ago in October (2017), as part of MESA’s campaign to support Utah’s Department of Environmental Quality (the DEQ’s) new rules on monitoring, reporting and repairing of toxic leaks at well sites, MESA created a petition expressing support of the new rules.  …