The Elements of Self-Reliance
Providing in the Lords 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.
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.
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
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
persons temporal and eternal well-being. Church members should:
Exercise faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
Obey Gods commandments.
Study the scriptures and teachings of the latter-day prophets.
Attend Church meetings.
Serve in Church callings and assignments.