Self-Reliance Principle 6: Solve Problems

We often begin our day with faith that the right things will happen. We pray that our family will be blessed, that we will find better opportunities, and off we go—filled with optimism for the day, waiting for those good things to happen.

We got the first part right: have faith, pray for help. But you wouldn’t get into a rowboat and expect the Lord to push you across the river; you have to pick up the oars and do your part too.


The same principle applies to solving problems. In order for us to learn and grow, we have to develop the ability to solve problems. Then when we have a solution, we can bring it before the Lord and ask for confirmation that it is a good solution.

Albert Einstein was perhaps the greatest problem solver in history. His biggest secret: know what the problem is, and use new ideas to solve it. Here are some steps that can help you see your problem more clearly:

Remember, every challenge is an opportunity to grow, to become better, to progress. It takes work, but that’s how the Lord intended it to be. And the best part is that great feeling of accomplishment we feel when we get it right.