The Elements of Self-Reliance
Providing in the Lord’s Way, 2009

     Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are responsible for their own spiritual and temporal well-being. Blessed with the gift of agency, they have the privilege of setting their own course, solving their own problems, and striving to become self-reliant. Members do this under the inspiration of the Lord and with the labor of their own hands.
     Self-reliance is the ability, commitment, and effort to provide the necessities of life for self and family. As Church members become self-reliant, they are also better able to serve and care for others.
     Some of the areas in which members should become self-reliant are outlined below:

Education-Education can enrich, ennoble, and provide understanding that leads to a happier life.
Members should:
• Study the scriptures and other good books.
• Improve their ability to read, write, and do basic mathematics.
• Obtain skills needed for suitable employment.

Health-The Lord has commanded members to take care of their minds and bodies. They should:
• Obey the Word of Wisdom.
• Eat nutritious food.
• Exercise regularly.
• Get adequate sleep.
• Shun substances or practices that abuse their bodies or minds and that could lead to addiction.
• Practice good sanitation and hygiene.
• Obtain adequate medical and dental care.
• Strive to cultivate good relationships with family members and others.

Employment-Work is the foundation upon which self-reliance and temporal well-being rest. Members should:
• Prepare for and carefully select a suitable occupation or self-employment that will provide for their own and their families’ needs.
• Become skilled at their jobs.
• Be diligent and trustworthy.
• Give honest work for the pay and benefits they receive.

Home Storage-To help care for themselves and their families, members should:
• Build a three-month supply of food that is part of their normal diet.
• Store drinking water in case the water supply becomes polluted or disrupted.
• Gradually build a longer-term supply of food that will sustain life.

Finances-To become financially self-reliant, members should:
• Pay tithes and offerings.
• Avoid unnecessary debt.
• Use a budget and live within a plan.
• Gradually build a financial reserve by regularly saving a little.
• Teach family members principles of financial management.

Spiritual Strength-Spirituality is essential to a person’s temporal and eternal well-being. Church members should:
• Exercise faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
• Obey God’s commandments.
• Pray daily.
• Study the scriptures and teachings of the latter-day prophets.
• Attend Church meetings.
• Serve in Church callings and assignments.