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Finding Joy and Happiness in Self-Reliance


by Sister Denise Cottrell – Stake Relief Society President

As I thought and thought and read and prayed about what to write regarding Self Reliance, I came to the conclusion that this is a topic that is very broad and encompasses much. Many articles can be written and still not cover it all adequately.

The basic understanding might be different than what you thought it was. Do you think Self Reliance is simply putting extra food in a cabinet each time you shop? Perhaps you thought it means to have a job that sustains you and your family or a combination of the two; food storage and making a living? President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, said “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. One of the blessings of work is developing self-reliance. When you are self-reliant, you use the blessings and abilities God has given you to care for yourself and your family and to find solutions for your own problems. Self-reliance does not mean that you must be able to do all things on your own. To be truly self-reliant, you must learn how to work with others and turn to the Lord for His help and strength” (For the Strength of Youth, Work and Self Reliance). The gospel of work is part of ‘the fulness of the gospel’. Though joyful, missionary work is work. Though joyful, temple work is work. Ministering our ward, community or family members, involves work.

Sometimes the reward is realized with thankfulness but often it is just done by the Spirit and with love, never knowing if what you have done has made a difference. But the Lord knows. You know. That should be enough. It is part of teaching our children and others to walk in the ways of truth and soberness and to love and serve one another.

Let us all go forward developing and sharing our talents, becoming truly self-reliant in a way that draws us closer to God. As we strive to do this we will find joy and happiness and understand what it truly means to become ‘self-reliant’.


Tithing-A Commandment

By William Bork

President Romney, many years ago, said that if we as Wards would double our Fast Offering, we would double the Spirituality in theHarold_Copping_The_Widows_Mite_400 Ward. I believe the same is true for our individual homes. Today is the day to rededicate ourselves to pay a full tithing and a generous fast offering. Sister Bork loved the story of the widow in the Temple as given to us in Mark 12:41-44. Our Lord used her as an example of a beautiful woman of great worth who was willing to share what she had with others. Verse 42: “And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.” Verse 43: And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, “Verily I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury.” The widow was probably a woman few people knew or noticed. We know her worldly possessions were few but the Savior was not concerned about these things. He did not look upon her outward appearance. The Lord values His children for reasons far different than the world. In 1 Samuel 16;7, we are told that he, “seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.”

My Brothers and Sisters, may we give a Full Tithe and also give a generous Fast Offering so the Lord might bless us in these difficult economic times. This I leave you in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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