Self-Reliance and Provident Living

Additional Relief Society Meetings Topics

"Under the bishop’s direction, the ward Relief Society presidency... teach principles of temporal and spiritual self-reliance... help individuals and families become self-reliant and find solutions to short-term and long-term welfare concerns." (See Handbook 2, 9.6)


“We encourage you wherever you may live in the world to prepare for adversity by looking to the condition of your finances. We urge you to be modest in your expenditures; discipline yourselves in your purchases to avoid debt. Pay off debt as quickly as you can, and free yourselves from this bondage. Save a little money regularly to gradually build a financial reserve” (The First Presidency, All Is Safely Gathered In: Family Finances). 

Consider meaningful topics such as these:

  • Budgeting
  • Debt Relief
  • Employment Qualifications

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Education and Literacy

“Our Creator expects His children everywhere to seek learning. He issued a commandment: ‘Seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith’ (D&C 88:118).

As Latter-day Saints we believe in education, and we have a philosophy about how and why we should pursue it. Our religious faith teaches us that we should seek learning by the Spirit and that we have a stewardship to use our knowledge for the benefit of mankind.

We must choose our learning with care because learning has an eternal shelf life, and whatever useful knowledge or wisdom or “principle of intelligence” we acquire in this life “will rise with us in the resurrection” (D&C 130:18).

Elder Dallin H Oaks and Kristin Oaks, “Learning and Latter-Day Saints,” Ensign Apr. 2009.

Consider meaningful topics such as these: (Handbook 2, 9.4.2)

  • Studying the scriptures and learning the gospel
  • Teaching others to read
  • Tutoring children and youth
  • Choosing children’s literature&nbs
  • Using computers and other technology
  • Developing cultural awareness

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“Our physical body is a marvelous blessing and a timeless trust” (David A. Bednar, “Ye Are the Temple of God,” Ensign, Sept. 2001, 20).

Consider meaningful topics such as these: (Handbook 2, 9.4.2)

  • Physical health
  • Fitness
  • Addiction prevention and recovery
  • Social and emotional health
  • Preventing illness 

For other self-relienace and provident living related topics follow the links below:

Other Topics: Marriage and Family, HomemakingCompassionate Service, Temple and Family History, Sharing the Gospel

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