Too often we bask in our comfortable complacency and rationalize that the ravages of war, economic disaster, famine, and earthquake cannot happen here. Those who believe this are either not acquainted with the revelations of the Lord, or they do not believe them. Those who smugly think these calamities will not happen, that they somehow will be set aside because of the righteousness of the Saints, are deceived and will rue the day they harbored such a delusion. - Ezra Taft Benson

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Self-Reliance

In a recent magazine article published by the LDS church - we read a message given particularly to women as mothers in the home.  But, it's meaning and importance is applicable to all members of the family.  As we each become more self-reliant - we find peace in our hearts and homes.  Being able to provide the necessities of life, living within our means, developing good habits and skills, are all ways that help us become more self-sustaining in times of trouble and challenge.  I've found this to be true in my own home.  And...I've also learned that self-reliance does not omit God.  In fact, He is the reason many of us do these things - because He has instructed, taught, and inspired us to do so.  As we're aware of global changes and the reliance on and need for physical commodities - we also are reminded that the real peace and strength comes from physical preparations partnered with faith, obedience and promptings that will keep us spiritually safe in the physical and spiritual challenges that are in the world today.

"Developing self-reliance—the ability to care for ourselves and our families—is the responsibility of every sister. We become self-reliant as we learn to love work, as we seek inspiration to find the best ways to provide for ourselves, and as we work with family members to meet basic needs.

When we are self-reliant, we use our blessings and resources to prepare for and avoid problems. Self-reliance, however, is enhanced as we pray for the courage to meet with faith the challenges that will surely come. Self-reliance also enables us to keep our covenant to care for others.

In Relief Society, we are taught self-reliance principles and skills. Sisters can learn about budgeting, debt relief, employment qualifications, the scriptures and the gospel, teaching others to read and learn, technology, physical health, fitness, addiction prevention and recovery, social and emotional health, preventing illness, gardening, food production and storage, emergency preparedness, and many other things that will help us become self-reliant."  VT Message