Self-reliance is a simple concept that encourages each of us to take responsibility for our own needs—physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and economic.
We become self-reliant through obtaining literacy, knowledge, and education. We become self-reliant through practicing self control in matters of finance. We must make wise choices with our finances, we must have strong morals, we must prepare for emergencies and eventualities, we must practice healthy living and be actively involved in community.
Parents are charged with the sacred responsibility to provide for the needs of their children, both physical and spiritual. Parents, we must teach our children to take responsibilty for their own physical and spiritual well being as they grow. Parents, we must teach our children basic principles of maintaining a budget, and saving for a rainy day by practicing these principles ourselves.
We are in a much better situation to take care of our families and to help our neighbors when we are self-reliant. We are prepared to endure times of adversity without becoming dependent on others.
We can become self-reliant by
(1) taking advantage of educational opportunities;
(2) practicing sound principles of nutrition and hygiene;
(3) preparing for and obtaining suitable employment;
(4) storing a supply of food and clothing to the extent the law allows;
(5) managing our resources wisely; avoiding debt;
(6) developing spiritual, emotional, and social strength.
We must be willing to work if we are to become self-reliant. "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing
to work and give to those who would not." Thomas Jefferson. Refusing to work when you are capable while at the same time taking from those that are working is a form of domestic terrorism. Honorable work is a basic source of happiness, self-worth, and prosperity.
If we are ever temporarily unable to meet our basic needs through our own efforts or the support of family members, reach out to your local church or non profit. The LDS Church has a well put together approach for helping people become self reliant. Avoid relying on the government for assistance. We must become self-reliant if we are to Reclaim Our Nation.