"To Dress It and to Keep It": Toward a Mormon Theology of Work
This article takes an interdisciplinary approach toward a Mormon theology of work. Walker Wright argues that Adam's earliest calling in "the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it" (Gen 2:15 KJV) implies that work is part of man's original purpose. He then examines a diverse amount of ancient prophecies and their use of Edenic imagery to describe the world to come, thus echoing and expanding Adam's first duty. This is further supported by various eschatological descriptions in the scriptures that speak not only of a world of restoration, joy, and peace, but one of work as well. Wright also reviews Mormon concepts of Zion and eternal progression, establishing the sacred nature of work within Latter-day Saint theology. Finally, he utilizes research from management and organizational sciences to make evident the value of work in achieving human happiness and flourishing.