Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Resource: Doctrine and Covenants 59:18-20

Doctrine and Covenants 59:18-20

"Yea, all things which come of the earth, in the season thereof, are made for the benifit and the use of man, both to please the eye and to gladden the heart; Yea, for food and for raiment, for taste and for smell, to strengthen the body and to enliven the soul. And it pleaseth God that he hath given all these things unto man; for unto this end were they made to be used, with judgment, not to excess, neither by extortion."


green mormon architect said...

This is one of my favorite scriptures - quite beautiful. I love the importance placed upon all the senses and functions of our bodies and how the earth meets those needs for us - the eye, heart, mouth, nose, and soul. I also love the prominence given to the beauty of the earth bringing us joy.

TerpGirl said...

The verses you posted made me think of the following advice from President Kimball:
"We encourage you to grow all the food that you … can on your own property. Berry bushes, grapevines, fruit trees—plant them if your climate is right for their growth. Grow vegetables and eat them from your own yard. Even those residing in apartments or condominiums can generally grow a little food in pots and planters…
Make your garden … neat and attractive as well as productive. If there are children in your home, involve them in the process with assigned responsibilities.
(Ensign, May 1976, page 124.)
What better way to enjoy the good things of the earth than to plant a garden and delight in nurturing their beauty and growth?