Self-reliance is a hallmark of the LDS church, and financial self-reliance is at the heart of it all. The church went through some difficult financial times in its infancy, and it took decades for church leaders to finish paying off its debts. Since 1907, the church as an organization has been debt free.
So, how important is it for individual church members to be self-reliant? Very. It’s not easy, though. If you’re having trouble working toward self-reliance, whether it’s financially, spiritually, or emotionally, here are some quotes to give you a little motivation.
Top 10 quotes about self-reliance
Michael Bassey Johnson, author of The Infinity Sign
“If you truly want to be respected by people you love, you must prove to them that you can survive without them.”
Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States
“You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.”
Kerry E. Wagner, author of Never Let Go of My Hand
“You don’t have to worry about burning bridges if you’re building your own.”
Thomas Szasz, professor of psychiatry
“The proverb warns that, ‘You should not bite the hand that feeds you.’ But maybe you should if it prevents you from feeding yourself.”
Susan B. Anthony, woman’s rights activist and social reformer
“I think the girl who is able to earn her own living and pay her own way should be as happy as anybody on earth. The sense of independence and security is very sweet.”
Robert D. Hales, apostle
“Our ultimate goal is to become like the Savior, and that goal is enhanced by our unselfish service to others. Our ability to serve is increased or diminished by the level of our self-reliance.
Gordon B. Hinckley, former president of the church
“We have a responsibility and a challenge to take our places in the world of business, science, government, medicine, education, and every other worthwhile and constructive vocation. We have an obligation to train our hands and minds to excel in the work of the world for the blessing of all mankind.”
Mark E. Petersen, apostle
“Inasmuch as God has given us our free agency to do as we please, He expects us to use our intelligence and ingenuity to improve our circumstances both spiritually and temporally. He wants us to be successful in life and desires to help us. Man really is that he might have joy.”
Julie B. Beck, former general president of the Relief Society
“The work of salvation… includes improving our temporal and spiritual self-reliance.”
L. Tom Perry, apostle
“Independence and self-reliance are critical to our spiritual and temporal growth. Whenever we get into situations which threaten our self-reliance, we will find our freedoms threatened as well. If we increase our dependence on anything or anyone except the Lord, we will find an immediate decrease in our freedom to act. As President Heber J. Grant declared, ‘Nothing destroys the individuality of a man, a woman, or a child as much as the failure to be self-reliant.”