Today I, ____________________, commit to work hard to achieve my goals.
“One of the blessings of work is developing self-reliance.” – For the Strength of Youth
Try to think of a specific way that you can “develop self-reliance,” specifically in the home, and set a goal to accomplish it.
“Learning to work begins in the home. Help your family by willingly participating in the work necessary to maintain a home.” – For the Strength of Youth
“Become self-reliant. I have always admired those who have the ability and skills to make things with their hands. When those skills were passed out in the previous world, I must have been out to lunch. The ability to make repairs around the home, to improvise, to take care of our own machinery, to keep our automobiles running, is not only an economic advantage, but it also provides much emotional resilience.
“President Spencer W. Kimball counseled: “I hope that we understand that, while having a garden, for instance, is often useful in reducing food costs and making available delicious fresh fruits and vegetables, it does much more than this. Who can gauge the value of that special chat between daughter and Dad as they weed or water the garden? How do we evaluate the good that comes from the obvious lessons of planting, cultivating, and the eternal law of the harvest? And how do we measure the family togetherness and cooperating that must accompany successful canning? Yes, we are laying up resources in store, but perhaps the greater good is contained in the lessons of life we learn as we live providently and extend to our children their pioneer heritage.” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1977, p. 125; or Ensign, Nov. 1977, p. 78.) This heritage includes teaching our children how to work.” – The Responsibility for Welfare Rests with Me and My Family by James E. Faust