“Self-reliance is more than having a good job, food storage, or money in the bank. Rather, it is “the ability, commitment, and effort to provide the spiritual and temporal necessities of life for self and family. As [Church] members become self-reliant, they are also better able to serve and care for others”1 as they enthrone work as a ruling principle in their lives.
“President Thomas S. Monson has taught: ‘Self-reliance is a product of our work and undergirds all other welfare practices. It is an essential element in our spiritual as well as our temporal well-being. … “Let us work for what we need. Let us be self-reliant and independent. Salvation can be obtained on no other principle. Salvation is an individual matter, and we must work out our own salvation in temporal as well as in spiritual things.” ’ ”2
Teaching a child to be financially self-reliant is something that Lane and I really try to do, but we believe that there are life habits that are tried and true ways to build financial self-reliance. Here are some posts I’ve written related to this topic: