Promote Self-Reliance

Elder Stanley G. Ellis
Of the Second Quorum of the Seventy

“The Lord has taught us the need to promote self-reliance. Even if we are able to help, we should not give or provide what they can and should do for themselves. Everywhere it is tried, the world learns the evils of the dole. Truly God knows best.” +30   

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Self-Reliance

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“Self-reliance should not be mistaken for complete independence. After all, we are ultimately dependent on our Heavenly Father for everything. We need His continual guidance, preservation, and protection.” +29   

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If We Lose

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“If we lose our emotional and spiritual independence, our self-reliance, we can be weakened quite as much, perhaps even more, than when we become dependent materially.” +26   

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Self-Reliance

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“The blessings of temporal self-reliance become especially obvious in times of crises such as natural disasters, unemployment, or financial turmoil. But spiritual self-reliance is equally crucial in such times. Those with firm spiritual foundations are blessed with peace, reassurance, and greater faith when calling on Heavenly Father for help.” +31   

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Command To Work

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“The Lord has said that He has never given a law that was solely temporal.Perhaps the command to work is meant as much to bless us spiritually as to provide for us physically.” +25   

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In The Lord’s Way

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“The work of building shelters in the Philippines is an example of helping the poor and needy in the Lord’s way welfare relief accompanied by training to help our members acquire longer term work skills that help them lift themselves while working as one under the direction of local priesthood.” +25   

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Far-Reaching Impact

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“We are seeing both the principles of welfare, which is caring for the poor and needy, and the principle of self-reliance in action. This is astounding, and something that will have a far-reaching impact upon Church members.” +25   

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Make Plans To Act On

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“Next you make plans to act on what you have learned. You are encouraged to base your plans on your own needs, circumstances, and opportunities to serve others. This is a wonderful chance to take responsibility for your own growth and develop spiritual self-reliance.” +24   

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