Self Reliance

Self Reliance

Welcome to the Self-Reliance Center of the Tema YSA Gathering Place.
The center’s mission is to fulfill the goal of the Church and the Savior to help every individual become self-reliant.

Self-reliance is more than having a good job, food storage, or money in the bank. Self-reliance is “the ability, commitment, and effort to provide for the spiritual and temporal necessities of life for self and family. As members become self-reliant, they are also better able to serve and care for others.”

“Without self-reliance one cannot exercise these innate desires to serve. How can we give if there is nothing there? Food for the hungry cannot come from empty shelves. Money to assist the needy cannot come from an empty purse. Support and understanding cannot come from the emotionally starved. Teaching cannot come from the unlearned. And most important of all, spiritual guidance cannot come from the spiritually weak.” Marion G. Romney, “The Celestial Nature of Self-Reliance,” Ensign, Nov. 1982, 93.

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.

Becoming 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
The Ensign
Oct. 2011

Find a Better Job

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.

Personal Finances

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.

Education for Better Work

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.

Starting and Growing My Business

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.


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.




Succeed in School

The purpose of the Succeed in School manual is to help parents create a home environment that will help children succeed in school. It contains ideas and suggestions based on gospel principles and educational evidence.


BYU-Pathway Worldwide

BYU-Pathway Worldwide provides access to spiritually based degrees completely online at an affordable price. It was created to serve online students. Degrees are awarded by BYU-Idaho and Ensign College, while BYU-Pathway provides the resources to help you succeed..