Practical Courses, Spiritual Benefits

The Lord has said, “It is my purpose to provide for my saints . . . but it must needs be done in mine own way” (Doctrine and Covenants 104:15, 16). This is a promise that Heavenly Father will help take care of His children as they follow Him. Self-reliance does not mean that we can accomplish or obtain anything we want. If we are self-reliant we believe that through the power of Christ, and through our own effort, we can work for the spiritual and practical needs of life. Many people can become more self-reliant. The self-reliance initiative is a tool to help.

In the initiative, much of the work takes place in small groups that combine spiritual principles with practical skills. Groups are focused on one of four areas: employment, education, personal finances, or starting and growing a business.

How Groups Work

The Power of the Group (2:41)

Groups Can Change Lives

Self-Reliance: Tools to Become Better (3:24)

Ready to Start?

If you are a leader, learn more.

If you are a group facilitator, learn more.

If you want to be a part of a group, learn more.

Twelve Principles of Self-Reliance

  1. Exercise Faith in Jesus Christ (D&C 104:15)
  2. Use Time Wisely (Alma 34:32)
  3. Be Obedient (D&C 130:20–21)
  4. Manage Money (D&C 104:78)
  5. Work: Take Responsibility (D&C 42:42;  2 Nephi 2:16, 26)
  6. Solve Problems (Ether 2:18–19, 23;  3:1, 4)
  7. Become One, Work Together (Moses 7:18;  D&C 104:15–17)
  8. Communicate: Petition and Listen (D&C 8:2)
  9. Persevere (Hebrews 12:1;  D&C 58:4)
  10. Show Integrity (Mosiah 4:28;  Job 27:5;  Articles of Faith 1:13)
  11. Seek Learning and Education (D&C 88:118–119)
  12. Stay On Task, Receive Ordinances (D&C 84:20;  D&C 136:4;  1 Nephi 18:2–3)