A fundamental aspect of the good news of the gospel is the message of liberty. As President Joseph F. Smith said, “The Kingdom of God is a Kingdom of freedom; the gospel of the Son of God is the gospel of liberty.” Men of God, both ancient and modern, have spoken on this issue repeatedly. This book analyzes what liberty is and how it applies to government.
Some people are of the mind that our consumer-driven society is rapidly depleting the earth’s natural resources. They argue for conservation, for minimization, and for better self-control. They argue for water conservation, gasoline conservation, and all worthy efforts seeking to slow down man’s usage of what the earth can provide us with.
Do they really think we’re going to run out? Do they really think that within their lifetime, or that of their children or grandchildren, there will come a point where the oil reserves will dry up?
I would argue that nobody knows how much oil this world has to provide us. Estimates are merely speculation based on known oil reserves. I would also argue that there are oil reserves known of, but not used, by our government. That’s another discussion for another day, but common sense and scriptural understanding tells me that they’re out there.
For the earth is full, and there is enough and to spare; yea, I prepared all things, and have given unto the children of men to be agents unto themselves. (D&C 104: 17)
Ladies and gents, we have nothing to worry about. Granted, we shouldn’t be hogs and consume that which we don’t really need, but c’mon… the earth has enough, and to spare. We’re fine.