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Utah’s current strengths in economy, education, growth and overall opportunity have strong roots in the values practiced by Latter-day Saint pioneers.

To illustrate this for global leaders gathered for an international trade summit in Salt Lake City on the morning of Wednesday, May 22, 2024, Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pointed to the values of environmental stewardship, service, education and peacemaking.

Caring for Our Natural Environment

To survive in the Great Basin, early Latter-day Saints had to wisely use the scarce natural resources at their disposal.

“For us, caring for our natural environment is much more than a scientific or political necessity,” Bishop Caussé said. “It is an expression of love to our Creator and our fellow beings. It is a sacred responsibility entrusted to us by God, which should fill us with a deep sense of duty and humility.”

Bishop Caussé said the Church of Jesus Christ seeks to set an example through wise use of resources in its global operations. He pointed to the recent example of the Church donating more than 6 billion gallons of annual irrigation water to the Great Salt Lake.

“Each of us has an important role to play within our own communities and organizations, and across the world, both to care for our brothers and sisters in need and to preserve their natural environment,” Bishop Caussé said.

Serving Each Other

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