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How Does A Self-Reliance Group Work?

"Let Us Work For What We Need" Marion G. Romney

Self-reliance centers and self-reliance groups assist those who are not self-reliant. Self-Reliance Centers and groups provide a support for members to become self-reliant and help others on their way to self-reliance. Modern-day prophets have counseled: “Self-reliance is a product of our work and undergirds all other welfare practices. Past Church President Marion G Romney said "Let us work for what we need. Let us be self-reliant and independent. Salvation can be obtained on no other principle”.

A self-reliance group meeting uses a council model and is different from most Church classes, lessons, and workshops. There are no teachers or trainers. Instead, local members counsel together, learn together, mentor each other, commit to act on what they are learning, and hold each other accountable for commitments. This group mentoring and counseling process, together with the workbooks and videos, creates a dynamic learning environment that strengthens each member in his or her progress toward a self-reliant life.

At group meetings, group members commit to act. They not only learn, but also do the things that make them self-reliant. They make commitments, help each other keep those commitments, and report their progress. Between meetings members act on commitments. This is where the real learning occurs.

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