Category Archives: Work and Self-Reliance

Work and Self-Reliance Segment Closing Post

Congratulations! You’ve made it through the Work and Self Reliance segment! The next segment will be starting later today when I send out the initiation email at 6:00 pm. The topic will be Go Forward with Faith and the segment will last for three weeks, until Sunday December 27.

Before you let this topic rest, ask yourself “How have I been blessed by living this standard?” Write what you think of down. It can be a specific instance, a favorite quote, a feeling, a thought, whatever it is, write it down. I find it helps me to put the hard work into perspective, seeing how much it has helped.


To conclude this segment, here’s a quote from Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s talk Two Principles for Any Economy that I have been saving for a couple weeks now:

“The Lord doesn’t expect us to work harder than we are able. He doesn’t (nor should we) compare our efforts to those of others. Our Heavenly Father asks only that we do the best we can—that we work according to our full capacity, however great or small that may be.

“Work is an antidote for anxiety, an ointment for sorrow, and a doorway to possibility. Whatever our circumstances in life, my dear brethren, let us do the best we can and cultivate a reputation for excellence in all that we do. Let us set our minds and bodies to the glorious opportunity for work that each new day presents…

“I pray that during the coming months and years we can fill our hours and days with righteous work. I pray that we will seek to learn and improve our minds and hearts by drinking deeply from the pure fountains of truth. I leave you my love and blessings in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.”


~ George

Daily Reminder on Work and Self-Reliance: #21 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, commit to work hard to achieve my goals.

“Heavenly Father has given you gifts and talents and knows what you are capable of achieving. Seek His help and guidance as you work to achieve your goals.” – For the Strength of Youth

Today, try to set aside some time to go over your goals and seek Heavenly Father’s guidance concerning them and anything else that is currently on your mind.


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Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel

Hymns, Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel, no. 252

  1. The world has need of willing men
    Who wear the worker’s seal.
    Come, help the good work move along;
    Put your shoulder to the wheel.
  2. The Church has need of helping hands,
    And hearts that know and feel.
    The work to do is here for you;
    Put your shoulder to the wheel.
  3. Then don’t stand idly looking on;
    The fight with sin is real.
    It will be long but must go on;
    Put your shoulder to the wheel.
  4. Then work and watch and fight and pray
    With all your might and zeal.
    Push ev’ry worthy work along;
    Put your shoulder to the wheel.
  5. (Chorus)
    Put your shoulder to the wheel; push along,
    Do your duty with a heart full of song,
    We all have work; let no one shirk.
    Put your shoulder to the wheel.

Text and music: Will L. Thompson, 1847-1909


Have I prayed to my Father in Heaven for help and guidance in achieving my goals?

Daily Reminder on Work and Self-Reliance: #20 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, commit to work hard to achieve my goals.

“Remember that God has a great work for you to do. He will bless you in your efforts to accomplish that work.” – For the Strength of Youth


“It has been said that one of the greatest tragedies of our time is that so many people live far below their potential. Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has a favorite two-word statement that he uses frequently to motivate us: “Always improving.” President Spencer W. Kimball (1895–1985) continually encouraged us to “lengthen our stride” and to “enlarge our vision.” Elder Neal A. Maxwell (1926–2004) said it another way: “The Lord loves each of us too much to merely let us go on being what we now are, for he knows what we have the possibility to become!”” – Achieving Your Full Potential by Donald L. Stahe


Have I prayed to my Father in Heaven for help and guidance in achieving my goals?

Daily Reminder on Work and Self-Reliance: #19 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, commit to work hard to achieve my goals.

“The Lord has commanded us not to be idle.” – For the Strength of Youth

Set a goal related to idleness.


“Idleness can lead to inappropriate behavior, damaged relationships, and sin.” – For the Strength of Youth”

“Work is another deterrent to evil. The symbol of Utah is the beehive. Our forefathers fostered industry and work. Elder John Longden, an assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, quoted Herndon as saying, “Satan selects his disciples when they are idle; Jesus selected his when they were busy at their work either mending their nets or casting them into the sea.”” – Serving the Lord and Resisting the Devil by James E. Faust, emphasis added.


Have I prayed to my Father in Heaven for help and guidance in achieving my goals?

Daily Reminder on Work and Self-Reliance: #18 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, commit to work hard to achieve my goals.

“Do your best in your Church callings, schoolwork, employment, and other worthwhile pursuits.” – For the Strength of Youth

Try to think of a specific way that you can do better in your Church calling, schoolwork, employment, or other “worthwhile pursuit,” and set a specific, measurable, and attainable goal to accomplish it.


“We well could pay heed to the Lord’s divine instructions when He declared, “Wherefore, now let every man learn his duty, and to act in the office in which he is appointed, in all diligence.” He added:

““For behold, it is not meet that I should command in all things; for he that is compelled in all things, the same is a slothful and not a wise servant; wherefore he receiveth no reward.

““Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness;

““For the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves. And inasmuch as men do good they shall in nowise lose their reward.”” – Anxiously Engaged by Thomas S. Monson


Have I prayed to my Father in Heaven for help and guidance in achieving my goals?