Self-Reliance

Self-reliance is the ability, commitment, and effort to provide the spiritual and temporal necessities of life for self and family.


 

The purpose of becoming spiritually and temporally self-reliant is to become better able to serve the Lord and care for others (see John 15:8). The Savior invites us all to act, to stand independent, and to become as He is. He will help us. He has promised: “It is my purpose to provide for my saints, for all things are mine. But it must needs be done in mine own way” (D&C 104:15–16). His way includes learning and living the principles of self-reliance—“the ability, commitment, and effort to provide the necessities of life for self and family” (Providing in the Lord’s Way: Summary of a Leader’s Guide to Welfare [2009]).

Accepting and living the following principles of self-reliance will help us receive the spiritual and temporal blessings promised by the Lord.

  1. Exercise Faith in Jesus Christ. The Lord has all power. He can and will work great tender mercies among those who trust Him in all things. As we exercise faith in Jesus Christ, He can do miracles.
  2. Be Obedient. Obedience to God’s laws, principles, and promptings leads to spiritual and temporal blessings.
  3. Act. Individual accountability and action activate blessings.
  4. Serve and be united. Service and unity build Zion—this is the way of the Lord. Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said, “Only when we are self-reliant can we truly emulate the Savior in serving and blessing others” (“A Gospel Vision of Welfare: Faith in Action,” in Basic Principles of Welfare and Self-Reliance [booklet, 2009], 2).

Prophetic Promises

The First Presidency has said: “We invite you to diligently study and apply these principles and teach them to your family members. As you do so, your life will be blessed. You will learn how to act on your path toward greater self-reliance. You will be blessed with greater hope, peace, and progress.

“Please be assured that you are a child of our Father in Heaven. He loves you and will never forsake you. He knows you and is ready to extend to you the spiritual and temporal blessings of self-reliance” (First Presidency letter, in My Foundation: Principles, Skills, Habits [2014], 2).

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Prophets and Church Leaders

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Thomas S. Monson

Thomas S. Monson, “A Provident Plan—A Precious Promise,” April 1986 general conference

Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Providing in the Lord’s Way,” October 2011 general conference

Elder Russell Ballard

M. Russell Ballard, “Becoming Self-Reliant—Spiritually and Physically,” March 2009 Ensign

Robert D. Hales

Robert D. Hales, “Becoming Provident Providers Temporally and Spiritually,” April 2009 general conference

Jeffrey R. Holland

Jeffrey R. Holland, “Are We Not All Beggars?” October 2014 general conference

David A. Bednar

David A. Bednar, “The Windows of Heaven,” October 2013 general conference

D. Todd Christofferson

D. Todd Christofferson, “Free Forever, to Act for Themselves,” October 2014 general conference

Godon B. Hinckley

Gordon B. Hinckley, “Climbing Out of Debt,” July 2002 Ensign

Boyd K. Packer

Boyd K. Packer, “Solving Emotional Problems in the Lord’s Own Way,” April 1978 general conference

L. Tom Perry

L. Tom Perry, “Becoming Self-Reliant,” October 1991 general conference

James E. Faust

James E. Faust, “The Responsibility for Welfare Rests with Me and My Family,” April 1986 general conference

Marion G. Romney

Marion G. Romney, “The Celestial Nature of Self-Reliance,” October 1982 general conference

Mark E. Peterson

Mark E. Petersen, “Blessings in Self-Reliance,” April 1981 general conference

Other Church Leaders

Per G. Malm

Per G. Malm, “Work, Service, and Spiritual Self-Reliance,” August 2013 New Era or Liahona

Teachings of Presidents of the Church

Teaching of Presidents of the Church: Brigham Young

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Brigham Young,Thrift, Industry, and Self-Reliance,” chapter 31

Teaching of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow,Doing Good to Others,” chapter 22

Teaching of Presidents of the Church: Heber J. Grant

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Heber J. Grant,Work and Self Reliance,” chapter 12

Teaching of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith,Individual Responsibility,” chapter 23

Teaching of Presidents of the Church: Harold B. Lee

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Harold B. Lee,Providing in the Lord’s Way,” chapter 18

Teaching of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball,Provident Living: Applying Principles of Self-Reliance and Preparedness,” chapter 11

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