"For the beauty of each hour,
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale and tree and flow'r,
Sun and moon and stars of light,
Lord of all, to thee we raise,
This our hymn of grateful praise."
-For The Beauty of the Earth, Hymn #92
We are a group of LDS (Mormon) families rejoicing in the beauty of the earth around us. Led by faithful and passionate mothers, we strive to teach our children to appreciate nature and to understand its processes as evidence of a God in heaven who is all-knowing, all-powerful and supremely creative and loving. We honor the earth for the elements it provides to us that are necessary to sustain us in our daily lives. We recognize the cycles of life and "its times and seasons. And their courses are fixed, even the courses of the heavens and the earth...in the midst of the power of God" (D&C 88: 42-45). Just as we are dependent on God for the Spirit which sustains us, we are dependent on the earth and what it produces for us. In the course of our families lives--the birthing, raising and rearing of our children--we, as LDS mothers, have found a profound reverence for nature and learned our need to respect and honor the earth. As we observe and celebrate the passing of the seasons, we rejoice in God. For "Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all (1 Chronicles 29:11)."
"Wherefore, every thing which inviteth and enticeth to do good, and to love God, and to serve him, is inspired of God" (Moroni 7:13), we embrace the good and true principles of traditional nature based, pagan religion where the harvest, solstices and full moon were celebrated as the promise of health and sustenance. We recognize the pagan belief in a Goddess who was revealed through Joseph Smith to be our Heavenly Mother, wife to God the Father and equal partner in creation and sustaining their spirit children. We find these things "virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy." As stated in the LDS Articles of Faith, "we seek after these things."
For the year of 2011, our families will follow the Wheel of the Year and lunar cycles to connect with Nature and the Divine Feminine, to teach our children about the cycles of nature, our dependence on the earth and our appreciation of the Divine. As we are getting started in the depths of winter, we rejoice in the gradual return of the sun. We welcome our readers to follow us on this journey as we learn from each other and celebrate the beauty of the earth and its seasons.
Merry Meet and Blessed Be!
Our Families (click the captions for our personal introductions)
|Descent and Family|
|Maggie and Family|
|Lioness and Family|