Elder L. Tom Perry
Independence and self-reliance are critical to our spiritual and temporal growth. Whenever we get into situations which threaten our self-reliance, we will find our freedoms threatened as well. If we increase our dependence on anything or anyone except the Lord, we will find an immediate decrease in our freedom to act. As President Heber J. Grant declared, “Nothing destroys the individuality of a man, a woman, or a child as much as the failure to be self-reliant.
Relief Society Magazine
Oct. 1937, p. 627).
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf
The Lord’s way of self-reliance involves in a balanced way many facets of life, including education, health, employment, family finances and spiritual strength…It is a self-help program where individuals are responsible for personal self-reliance. Our resources include personal prayer, our own God-given talents and abilities, the assets available to us through our own families and extended family members, various community resources, and of course the caring support of priesthood quorums and the Relief Society. This will lead us through the inspired pattern of self-reliance.
Providing in the Lord's Way
For those who are looking for work or a better job. Group members will learn to identify opportunities, network, present themselves professionally, and prepare for job interviews. They will also set goals for contacts and interviews.
For those who want better control over their finances. Group members will learn how to eliminate debt, protect against financial hardship, and invest for the future. They will create a financial plan and follow a budget. Spouses are encouraged to attend together.
For those who need additional education or training to get a job. Group members will research, create, and present career and education plans. They will also spend time each week practicing skills that will help them be more effective learners.
For those who already have a business or resources to start a business. Group members learn the traits and skills of successful small business owners. They practice record keeping, marketing, and cash management. They will talk with business owners, customers, and suppliers and develop plans to grow their business.
GATHERING PLACE RESOURCES
The Gathering Place offers additional resources to support the self-reliant principles taught, including a computer lab with adequate internet to assist with the following:
- Developing a Professional Resume/CV.
- Job searching and linking with employment opportunities through networking.
- Workshops on Employment and Life Skills.
- BYU-Pathway Worldwide education program.
- Succeed In School education program (for the youth).
- Mental Health Support.
Come and explore how you can use your God-given talents to realize your self-reliant potential.
This will bless your own life, the lives of your family members, and the lives of many others you will come in contact with.