Manuals and Videos

Self-reliance manuals and videos for North America may be downloaded from this location.


Leader Manuals

Participant Manuals


Leader Guide

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This booklet has been developed to assist priesthood leaders as they exercise their keys, implement these new tools, and help members help themselves toward self-reliance.

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Facilitating Groups

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This training booklet helps facilitators to understand self-reliance groups and their role in the group learning process. It can be used in stake self-reliance committee trainings or reviewed individually.

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My Path to Self-Reliance

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Stakes or wards hold regular My Path to Self-Reliance devotionals. These devotionals start members on the path to self-reliance by helping them understand the importance of self-reliance, assess their current level of self-reliance, determine the skills and income needed to become temporally self-reliant, and select the self-reliance group that will help them reach that goal. The My Path to Self-Reliance workbook facilitates this process. My Path to Self-Reliance can also be used individually, with a priesthood leader, with a self-reliance specialist, or in a self-reliance center.

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My Foundation

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My Foundation has been prepared to help members of the Church learn and put into practice principles of faith, education, hard work, and trust in the Lord. Accepting and living these principles will better enable you to receive the temporal blessings promised by the Lord.

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Principle 1: Self-Reliance is a Principle of Salvation

Principle 2: Exercise Faith in Jesus Christ

Principle 3: Manage Money

Principle 4: Repent and Be Obedient

Principle 5: Use Time Wisely

Principle 6: Work: Take Responsibility and Persevere

Principle 7: Solve Problems

Principle 8: Become One, Serve Together

Principle 9: Communicate: Petition and Listen

Principle 10: Show Integrity

Principle 11: Seek Learning: Resolve Where You Are Going and How to Get There

Principle 12: Receive Temple Ordinances

Principle: Live a Balanced Life


Starting and Growing My Business

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This self-reliance group will help you learn to make wise business decisions as you start or grow a business. The goal of this group is not only to help you with your business; it is also to help you act in greater obedience and faith in the Lord and receive His promised blessings of temporal and spiritual self-reliance. Members practice key business principles for self-employment such as record keeping, marketing, and cash management.

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Chapter 1: How do I Start or Improve My Business?

Chapter 2: What do People Want to Buy?

Chapter 3: How do I Buy My Product and Set the Sales Price?

Chapter 4: How do I Know if My Business is Making a Profit?

Chapter 5: How do I Separate My Business and Family Money?

Chapter 6: How is my Business Progressing?

Chapter 7: How Will I Grow My Business?

Chapter 8: How Much can I Afford to Invest to Grow My Business?

Chapter 9: How do I Know if I should Use a Loan to Grow My Business?

Chapter 10: How Will I Attract More Customers and Close Sales?

Chapter 11: How Will I Increase My Profits?

Chapter 12: How do I Continue to Improve My Business?


Personal Finances

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For those who want better control over their finances. Group members will learn how to eliminate debt, protect against financial hardship, and invest in the future. They will create a financial plan and follow a budget. Spouses are encouraged to attend together. This workbook includes the booklet My Foundation for Self-Reliance.

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Chapter 1: Becoming a Wise and Faithful Steward

Chapter 2: Becoming Unified in Our Approach to Finances

Chapter 3: Paying Tithes and Offerings

Chapter 4: Creating a Budget

Chapter 5: Sticking to a Budget


Find a Better Job

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For those who are looking for work or a better job. Group members will learn to identify opportunities, network, present themselves professionally, and prepare for job interviews. They will also set goals for contacts and interviews. This workbook includes the booklet My Foundation for Self-Reliance.

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Chapter 1: The Fundamentals

Chapter 2: Networking

Chapter 3: Match Your Skills to the Employer’s Needs

Chapter 4: Power Statements

Chapter 5: Better Written Materials

Chapter 6: Nail the Interview Part 1

Chapter 7: Nail the Interview Part 2

Chapter 8: Practice Interviews

Chapter 9: Accelerate Your Job Search

Chapter 10: Succeed at Work


Education for Better Work

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For those who need additional education or training to get a job. Group members will research, create, and present career and education plans. They will also spend time each week practicing skills that will help them be more effective learners. This workbook includes the booklet My Foundation for Self-Reliance.

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Chapter 1: The Glory of God is Intelligence

Chapter 2: Prepare for Success

Chapter 5: Choose a Program of Study

Chapter 8: Create an Environment for Success