Self-Reliance

September 28, 2021 02:30 PM MDT
The new self-reliance course is aimed at building spiritual and practical skills to help participants better care for their mind, emotions, and relationships.
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November 25, 2020 10:34 PM MST
Before President Russell M. Nelson’s challenge to turn social media into our own gratitude journals, there were dozens of lists online of things to be grateful for in the year 2020. Since his invitation, millions of ideas have been added by those using #GiveThanks. But there are a few spiritual things that I think we have become more grateful for this year, as we have either relied on them more or had to do without them. Everyone’s list will look a little different depending on personal circumstances, but here are a few things that I think many of us have come to appreciate more than ever this year (in no particular order).
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February 24, 2020 04:49 PM MST
Benjamin Taylor had a routine—and it wasn’t one he wanted to keep up. He had held six different jobs over the course of six years, and none of them had worked out.
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November 06, 2019 05:06 PM MST
"I do want to congratulate you. I am really surprised to see that level of work you are offering here. You are inspiring to others," His Excellency Dr. Mohammad Abdulkarim Al-Issa said after touring Welfare Square.
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October 10, 2019 04:38 PM MDT
Updated safety guidelines for leaders and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were released in a letter from the Presiding Bishopric on Oct. 10.
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By  LDS Living
August 12, 2019 02:32 PM MDT
How does the welfare program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints help and inspire millions around the world? A new Church video gives a glimpse into this incredible program and how it allows Latter-day Saints to follow and live the teachings of our Savior.
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January 31, 2019 08:56 AM MST
One of the greatest principles the Church teaches us is to be more self-reliant, which includes increasing our education in all areas of life. Once we learn for ourselves, however, we are also responsible for teaching our children. We must give our children a strong foundation for life. What children learn early in life really directs how they deal with the obstacles later on, and we are a great force in helping our children choose strong principles.
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December 26, 2018 02:53 PM MST
It’s no secret that the changes in the Church are preparing us to become more spiritually self-reliant in preparation for the Second Coming. We’re responsible for receiving inspiration for our ministering families and come January, we’ll focus more than ever on learning the gospel in our home and developing our own unshakeable testimonies.
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December 22, 2018 02:00 PM MST
Recently, the Church announced a new approach to worship, with an emphasis on making gospel learning more self-reliant and family-focused. As with any change, we can become overwhelmed at first. So to help make this change just a little easier, here are a few techniques on how to be a self-reliant learner.
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By  Zack Oates
October 26, 2018 08:20 AM MDT
If you knew that there was a possibility you would die in a year, what would you do?
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September 27, 2018 01:36 PM MDT
“Just as the Church adapts food production and storage projects according to changing needs, families may want to make similar adjustments from time to time in their food storage plans to ensure availability for their own use and to share with others,” Sister Jean B. Bingham said.
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August 03, 2018 08:00 AM MDT
Despite apostolic warnings and repeated admonishments to avoid becoming caught up with Second Coming sensationalism and apocalyptic alarm, there have been many in every generation that assume the answer to the age-old question “When will He come again?” is “Now.”
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July 28, 2018 12:04 PM MDT
We all have times when answers come easily. We have times when answers come clearly and distinctly. And we all have times when we really pray about something and seemingly receive no answer. On some such occasions, we may feel that we've conscientiously followed the instructions in Doctrine and Covenants 9:7-9. We have studied the issue out in our minds, prayed about it (perhaps we even fasted), and asked the Lord if our decision or understanding is right. But after all that, we still do not feel we have received a burning in the bosom—or a stupor of thought—and thus it appears we are left to our own resources to try to solve the problem. Or we may be certain we have received an answer—but then things don't work out the way we thought they would.
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July 20, 2018 12:00 PM MDT
It's been said that Mormons would fare well in a post-apocalyptic world, but we think that there's more to it than just food storage. See how Mormons will have a leg up on the competition if brain-eating zombies walked the streets.
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July 09, 2018 10:00 PM MDT
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June 29, 2018 08:27 AM MDT
For decades, we have been counseled to be prepared by having food storage for our families. But even with so many resources available to us, there are still a few pitfalls we might be falling into. Here are some common food storage mistakes to look out for and tips to avoid them.
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March 15, 2018 12:02 PM MDT
“Just to see the way everything works out [at Welfare Square] and how the organizational aspect of it, the voluntary aspect of it — it is so impressive and something that I think every religious tradition — and not even faith communities, but everyone — should participate in, and we can learn a lot from the LDS community in this way," Saba Soomekh said after touring the Church's welfare operations and an LDS temple.
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February 12, 2018 09:00 AM MST
As hurricanes, fires, mudslides, and earthquakes ravaged countries around the world last year, many of us are re-evaluating our emergency preparedness. But while food and water are critical in a disaster, they may not be enough. Recent research suggests that how you react during and after a catastrophe could make the most difference to your survival.
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February 03, 2018 02:36 PM MST
Following are the incredible stories of Justin Bisimwa, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Collins family, a family of 15 in San Diego, California, who have now teamed up to create a non-profit organization called New Neighbor Relief that helps refugees in San Diego become self-reliant.
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September 08, 2017 03:51 PM MDT
In 2015, the Huffington Post re-posted an article from the Salt Lake Tribune, reporting on a group of Latter-day Saint “preppers” who are preparing for the end of the world.
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By  LDS Living
August 09, 2017 07:27 PM MDT
LDS father Dennis Draleau from Grangeville, Idaho, needed a device that would allow him to haul gear and carry his young children while walking. Frustrated with options such as garden carts and wheelbarrows, Draleau turned to a historical alternative—the pioneer handcart. Since he couldn't find an inexpensive handcart with the features he needed, he decided to create his own modern version of the handcart.
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June 19, 2017 07:42 PM MDT
“Food storage isn’t just for when the world ends; most of it’s . . . basic food storage products [used] in our everyday cooking,” Debbie Kent said. “It’s just learning how to cook with it and learning that it’s not scary to cook.”
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June 12, 2017 01:32 PM MDT
On a trip to the Middle East several years ago, a close friend and his wife determined to save money by collecting rocks instead of purchasing souvenirs. At every significant location in Italy, Egypt, Israel, and Greece they picked up stones and labeled them with a date and a location. They were stored in an elderly suitcase brought along for just that purpose. The bag was the provocation for considerable humor during the three weeks of our trip. It grew increasingly ponderous as the days passed. The memorial stones seemed to grow correspondingly smaller.
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June 02, 2017 07:25 PM MDT
Recently VICE News featured an LDS couple and their courage in “bucking stereotypes” and cultural norms as the husband, Robert Wood, pursues his passion by creating $5,000 violins in a converted tool shed in his backyard.
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By  LDS Living
May 19, 2017 12:51 PM MDT
The Church opened its newest cannery in Harrisville, Utah, on Thursday to replace another in northern Utah.
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May 08, 2017 07:16 PM MDT
In a crisis, your #1 need is food.
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February 10, 2017 10:00 PM MST
The temple has often been called the Lord’s university. Clearly, the Lord intends the temple to be a house of learning—one we should attend often (see D&C 109:8). In the temple and throughout our lives, we are commanded to seek learning by study and also by faith (see D&C 109:7). Learning by faith involves receiving revelation and having the Lord teach us. Our faith, prayers, fasting, pondering, and asking are all important tools to helping us understand the temple.
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January 03, 2017 11:04 AM MST
Elder Glen L. Rudd, the author of Pure Religion, the Story of Church Welfare Since 1930, made a great impact on the Church's welfare program. In a personal letter, President Gordon B. Hinckley wrote, “No one knows the history of the welfare program more thoroughly than do you.”
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December 07, 2016 12:00 PM MST
You’ve made your list, checked and double-checked. Legumes and flour. Rice and grains. Water. Fuel…hold on, wait a minute. Enough gas to run a generator for a year? A year’s supply of propane? How much is that? How much can I store safely (and legally)? It may be time to let the sun shine on your preparedness plan – with a SolavoreTM Sport solar oven. Use your propane for rainy days and let the sun do the work on the rest.
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September 28, 2016 02:50 PM MDT
A recent program implemented by the Church that expands concepts from the Perpetual Education Fund has seen 20 times the success.
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July 13, 2016 12:59 PM MDT
It's incredible to see how much the Church contributes to those in need around the world. No wonderPBS called the Church's welfare program "one of the world's best."
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June 28, 2016 02:14 PM MDT
PBS recently featured the Church's welfare program in a short video. The description of the video begins, "There may be other charities that are larger or more helpful, but the welfare tradition within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints must be one of the world’s best."
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April 16, 2016 09:00 AM MDT
I’m always on the lookout for the best and newest inventions out there that could save your life in a crisis.
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February 12, 2016 03:59 PM MST
The Church is teaming up with the United Nations to provide aid to victims and those particularly vulnerable--those with disabilities, special needs, single mothers, etc.--in eastern Ukraine.
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February 06, 2016 04:26 PM MST
Imagine, living in poverty with almost nothing to give only to sacrifice your time and talents to build 25 chicken coops and with it a source of hope and self-reliance for families in your community. That's the story of one incredible man living in Haiti who became involved in the Church's Chicken Project.
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December 28, 2015 07:01 PM MST
Words like “preparedness” and “self-reliance” are often considered synonymous with “food storage” — and rightly so. For years, LDS Church leaders have counseled members to increase self-reliance by keeping at least three months’ worth of food on hand, with more long-term food storage as circumstances permit.
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December 23, 2015 08:48 AM MST
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December 17, 2015 03:50 PM MST
"It's the power of faith that drives this entire population and it's the power of faith that has all that grain stored right up there to feed people who need help," said presidential candidate John Kasich.
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December 03, 2015 08:22 PM MST
The holidays are already stressful, but they can be especially difficult if you are looking for work. This time of year is often filled with decorating, giving gifts, traveling, and attending parties, which can put extra pressure on families that are financially burdened. It may feel overwhelming to look for work when everyone is so busy. Here are a few suggestions of how you can make it through the holidays.
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November 02, 2015 02:17 PM MST
The chance of a cyberattack on America’s power grids is high and the nation is ill-prepared to face the catastrophic consequences, writes Ted Koppel in his recently released book, “Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath” (Crown Publishing, $26, 288 pages).
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September 27, 2015 02:43 AM MDT
Over the last several weeks, it seems everyone from the Huffington Post to USA Today is talking about the "Mormon Preppers"–a small group of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who are overstocking their food storage and updating their 72 hour kits under the premise that the world is ending.
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September 25, 2015 01:50 PM MDT
MR says: Recently there have been a lot of rumors about the world ending, and while as Latter-day Saints we know it's good to prepare and stock up on food storage, we also know we shouldn't become fixated on events that we cannot control. Learn from one former "doomsday prepper" how she learned to find a balance between preparing for what's ahead and enjoying and living life now.
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July 29, 2015 01:55 PM MDT
MR says: We all know what we should do for food storage--and maybe feel a little guilty that we don't--but do we often think of the big mistakes we could be making even when we are trying to get prepared?
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July 21, 2015 08:56 AM MDT
Check out our other articles for more about how to help your missionary when they are out in the mission fieldand how to help your missionary adjust to being home.
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July 20, 2015 04:58 AM MDT
Food storage: we all know we need it, but how did it get so complicated? With all the options on the market, it’s hard to know who to trust and what food is the best for your loved ones. But here are a few tips that might help you get your food storage ready.
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July 14, 2015 03:15 PM MDT
More than 10,000 members of the Episcopal Church gathered for the faith’s 78th annual general convention in Salt Lake City from June 25 to July 3.
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July 13, 2015 09:35 PM MDT
In the wake of widespread flooding and loss in the Houston area the local Mormon peanut butter cannery has come to the aid of the Houston Food Bank with an additional shipment. Though the flood waters have receded, the aftermath is still impacting many area families. The Houston Food Bank distributes to locations in eighteen southeast Texas counties, including 600 hunger relief agencies, many in areas hard hit by the recent deluge.
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June 22, 2015 04:15 AM MDT
We all have those blue barrels. Or at least, we feel like we should have them! Until now, the blue barrels have filled our garages and storage rooms, seemingly the only viable option for water storage.
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April 29, 2015 09:23 AM MDT
I grew up with a father who worked in the fickle world of pharmaceutical sales. We went through several periods where my father didn’t have a job, and those moments of anxiety and uncertainty were the most devastating times for me. I vowed I would never be in the same position when I had kids.
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April 06, 2015 04:12 AM MDT
We here at Valley Food Storage are proud to announce our new partnership with LDS Living. We are pleased to be associated with such a great family-oriented organization that strives to provide excellent information and insights into today’s world. With many prophetic messages warning us to get prepared and set aside food and resources for any emergency, we decided to found Valley Food Storage to help our own families become prepared. Now, we’re expanding our family to anyone that is interested in healthy, great-tasting, long-lasting food storage.
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April 03, 2015 04:12 PM MDT
Beginning Sunday, April 5, weekend adventurer and Latter-day Saint Matt Galland, along with his adrenaline-fueled best buddies Danny Bryson and Blake Josephson, ventures to some of the most untouched pockets of the planet where cameras--let alone people--rarely have gone. In each of the eight episodes of 100 Miles from Nowhere, the goal is to trek roughly 100 miles in the wild in just four days to conquer Mother Nature’s challenges and capture her infinite beauty. While the mission is straightforward, each journey comes with its twists and turns, including dangerous encounters with wild animals, brutal terrain, invariable weather, extreme lows and almost impossible heights.
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March 02, 2015 07:11 PM MST
The new Deseret Mill and Pasta plant, 20 miles north of Salt Lake City, Utah, was dedicated Thursday, February 26, 2015. It is a food production facility to provide some of the basic staples of life to those in need. Another important benefit, said Bishop Gérald Caussé, first counselor in the Presiding Bishopric of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is the opportunity for members of the Church and others to provide service.
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January 07, 2015 08:32 PM MST
You’re standing there in your basement with a very old can of soup in your hand. You bought the soup about 10 years ago, along with various other food items, as part of your food storage program. You search for an expiration date on the can but find none.
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December 08, 2014 04:21 PM MST
The words “family home storage” and “preparedness” often conjure images of large shelves lined with wheat and canned peaches. But the commandment to be self-reliant applies to everyone, even young single adults with no storage rooms and no canning supplies.
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August 04, 2014 05:55 PM MDT
I dropped to my knees and prayed in earnest. It happened that special feelings came for people I did not know. The thought came to create an entire month’s worth of meals for a family of four with lactose intolerance and gluten allergies, preservative free with optimal nutrient content. And I felt it important to take content from missionary guideline materials. This food would be available for anyone if my Bishop needed some help in feeding people.
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July 08, 2014 08:35 AM MDT
Did you know Brigham Young first mentioned the need for Latter-day Saints to have a "year's supply" back in 1864? He encouraged Saints then to collect 7 years' worth of food!
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May 02, 2014 12:47 PM MDT
Our bodies do not store vitamin C, therefore it is recommended that we consume 90 milligram of vitamin C daily to maintain good health.
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April 04, 2014 04:50 AM MDT
So what’cha eatin’ there in your survival kit?
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October 16, 2013 02:13 PM MDT
The employment missionaries also visit Church congregations to offer resources available through ERS. One visit attracted Vivian, a Chinese Church member who attended employment workshop sessions, including classes to provide confidence in speaking English. Because Vivian had dog-grooming experience, Sister Hancock found a grooming job where Vivian applied. She was interviewed and received employment.
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September 26, 2013 04:14 PM MDT
Within the last couple of months, the Church has made some significant updates to their welfare centers.
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