Sacredness of Creation
God created all things with love and is still creating each day. We care for all that God has created.
Genesis 1:1–23 and Genesis 2:4–25 (the story of creation)
Doctrine and Covenants 163:4b
“All Things Bright and Beautiful” CCS #135
“Take Care of God’s World” by Janné Grover
“I Am Amazing” by Janné Grover
Picture God’s Creation
Read the story of creation in Genesis 1 and 2. Make a diorama of creation in a shoebox (or larger box with the top cut off). Lay the box on its widest side. Use magazines, photographs, or images printed from the Internet for you to use. Cut out animals, plants, people, sky, soil, and other creations. Glue the pictures on cardstock or cardboard. Cut out wedges of cardboard and tape the top edge to the back of the cutout to make a stand. Or cut a strip of cardboard to go with each cutout and cut a slit in the center of it from the top to the middle of the strip. On your cutout, after it is glued to cardboard, cut a slit from the center of the bottom edge, up to equal the height of the cardboard strip. Match up the slits to make an “X” and your cutout will stand straight.
How do you think each part of creation is sacred (holy)? What is one of your favorite parts of creation? Why? Invite others in your family, congregation, or community to view your artwork and share their favorite parts of creation.
Keywords: creation, craft, scripture study
Plan with your family about what you can do at home to take care of God’s creation. Together, make a list of possibilities and then select one idea to work on for a month. Perhaps put your ideas on a certain day of the calendar. The next month, add another practice. Make a goal of doing three or four specific actions each month that honor creation. Some ideas: turning off lights when they are not in use, being careful with how much water you use, picking up trash around your house, recycling glass and paper, and caring for pets. Invite other family members to join with you in your new practices.
Talk to your family or friends about what you are doing, and invite them to join you, if they’d like. Ask how they honor creation? Perhaps plan together a bigger way to honor creation with all involved. Some ideas: clean up a roadway or park monthly, begin plans for a community garden, contribute to a conservation charity.