Pres. Dieter F. Uchtdorf gave an excellent talk at the Priesthood session of the Oct. 2011 General Conference, entitled, "Providing in the Lord's Way".
Here are some quotes about the importance of self reliance from his talk:
"While it is important to have our thoughts inclined toward heaven, we miss the essence of our religion if our hands are not also inclined toward our fellowman....our spiritual progress is inseparably bound together with the temporal service we give to others."
"...the Lord's way has always included self-reliance and service to our neighbor in addition to caring for the poor."
"The lesson we learn generation after generation is that rich and poor are all under the same sacred obligation to help their neighbor. It will take all of us working together to successfully apply the principles of welfare and self-reliance."
"Whether we are rich or poor, regardless of where we live on this globe, we all need each other, for it is in sacrificing our time, talents, and resources that our spirits mature and become refined."
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