Free Self-Reliance Program Starts Sept. 8

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will kick off a 12-week Self-Reliance program on Sept. 8.  This self-reliance initiative is free and open to the public.  Introduction to the program takes place on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. at the stake center, 3067 Ooltewah Ringgold Road. 

Review for the course: 

Do you want to get a better job?  Do you want to improve your education?  Do you want to learn to manage your finances, or create a business?  Join with others to learn how.   

Over the course of 12 weeks, classes on personal finance; how to find a better job; education for better work; and starting and growing a business, will be offered.  Participants can select which group best fits their needs, or participate in multiple groups, if their schedules permit. 

What is self-reliance? Self-reliance is “the ability for us to provide the necessities of life for ourselves and our family members,” the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said. “God can and will provide a way for His righteous children to become self-reliant.”

“At the root of self-reliance are the dignity and importance of seeing ourselves as children of God regardless of circumstance, culture, or location,” Elder M. Russell Ballard, acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, teaches.     

What must we do to become self-reliant?  “To become self-reliant, a person must work.  Work is physical, mental, or spiritual effort.  It is a basic source of happiness, self-worth and prosperity,” Elder Ballard continued.  “Through work, people accomplish many good things in their lives…. As people become self-reliant, they are better prepared to endure adversities” and are “better able to care for others in need”

To help individuals and families “put into practice principles of faith, education, hard work and trust in The Lord,” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has prepared videos and booklets as part of its Self-Reliance Services.  All are welcome to participate. 


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