Manuals and Videos


Manuals, videos, and training may be downloaded from this website or viewed on the Gospel Library mobile app. Manuals are also available at Church distribution centers.

Note: Click on the cover of the manual you are using.

Leader Manuals


Leader Guide

 

 

 

 

 

 

Facilitating Groups

 

 

 

 

 

 


Participant Manuals


My Path to Self-Reliance

(US and Canada)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


My Foundation

(US and Canada)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starting and Growing My Business

(US and Canada)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Personal Finances

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


My Job Search/Find a Better Job

(US and Canada)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Education for Better Work

(US and Canada)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


For help with showing videos during a group meeting, see the Showing Videos section.


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.

Video Resources


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.

Video Resource

My Path


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: Exercise Faith in Jesus Christ

Principle 2: Use Time Wisely

Principle 3: Repent and Be Obedient

Principle 4: Manage Money

Principle 5: Work: Take Responsibility

Principle 6: Solve Problems

Principle 7: Become One, Serve Together

Principle 8: Communicate: Petition and Listen

Principle 9: Persevere

Principle 10: Show Integrity

Principle 11: Seek Learning and Education

Principle 12: Stay on Task, Receive Ordinances (Temple Ordinances)

Principle: Live a Balanced Life

Principle: Self-Reliance Is a Principle of Salvation


Starting and Growing My Business

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NOTE: These manuals have different covers but the same content.

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. Participants will also need a copy of the booklet My Foundation for Self-Reliance.

Video Resources

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?


My Job Search

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This self-reliance group helps members learn the best way to find a job and succeed in it. Group members identify good job opportunities and practice networking, presenting themselves powerfully, preparing for interviews, and excelling on the job. The goal of this group is not only to help you find a job; 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.

Video Resources

Chapter 1: How Do I Find the Right Job Opportunities?

Chapter 2: How Do I Present Myself with Convincing Power?

Chapter 3: How Do I Access the "Hidden" Job Market?

Chapter 4: How Do I Stand Out as the Clear Choice?

Chapter 5: How Do I Accelerate My Job Search?

Chapter 6: How Do I Excel on the Job and Continue to Succeed?


Education for Better Work

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Group members identify a job that will help them become self-reliant. They find the preferred school or program that leads to that job. Group members also learn study skills to succeed in their education and prepare for a Perpetual Education Fund loan, if appropriate. The goal of this group is not only to help you prepare for and succeed in your education; 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.

Video Resources

Chapter 1: What type of work will help me become self-reliant?

Chapter 2: What education will qualify me for my work?

Chapter 3: How will I pay for my education?

Chapter 4: Should I apply for a Perpetual Education Fund loan?

Chapter 5: How will I succeed in the classroom?

Chapter 6: How will I succeed outside the classroom?


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.

Video Resources


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.

Video Resources

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 learn key business skills such as identifying customer needs, finding customers, and keeping good business records. This workbook includes the booklet My Foundation for Self-Reliance.

Marketing Resources

Video Resources

Chapter 1: My Readiness for Business Success

Chapter 2: Solving Unmet Customer Needs

Chapter 3: Ensuring That I Have a Profitable Business

Chapter 5: Keeping Customers

Chapter 7: Keeping Separate My Business and Personal Money


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.

Video Resources

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.

Video Resources

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.

Video Resources

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


Showing Videos

Media can be a wonderful tool to help group members learn self-reliance principles. However, if you try to show a video using the meetinghouse’s Internet connection, it may pause, buffer, or stop. To avoid this, download the videos ahead of time.

There are several options for downloading and playing videos. The best option depends on the devices you have available, the size of your group, and the video equipment you have.

Option 1: Laptop

  1. On your laptop, click the video link on the Download Materials page.
  2. After the video displays, click Download at the bottom of the video.
  3. Select the file size you want to download. Larger files take longer to download, but the video quality is better.
  4. After you select a file size, the video may download automatically. If it does, look for it in your Downloads folder.
  5. You may have the option of selecting where you want to save the file. We suggest saving it on your desktop so you can find it easily, but you can save it anywhere. You may want to rename the file with a name that will help you remember what the video is about. Once you have renamed the file and specified where you want to save it, click Save.

Option 2: Tablet or Smartphone

If you have an Apple or Android tablet or smartphone, you can download videos using the Gospel Library app.

Android devices:

  1. Navigate to the video you want to download.
  2. Tap the triangle-shaped play button on the menu bar.
  3. Select Download Media from the submenu.
  4. Select the video you want to download from the prompt.
  5. The next time you select the video and click Play Video, it will play as a downloaded file from your device rather than stream over the Internet.

Apple devices:

  1. Navigate to the video you want to download.
  2. Press the download button in the corner of the video thumbnail, and the video will begin downloading to your device.
  3. The next time you watch the video, it will play as a downloaded file from your device rather than stream over the Internet.

Option 3: DVD

  1. On your computer, click the video link on the Download Materials page.
  2. After the video displays, click Download at the bottom of the video.
  3. Select the file size you want to download. Larger files take longer to download, but the video quality is better.
  4. After you select a file size, the video may download automatically. If it does, look for it in your Downloads folder.
  5. You may have the option of selecting where you want to save the file. We suggest saving it on your desktop so you can find it easily, but you can save it anywhere. You may want to rename the file with a name that will help you remember what the video is about. Once you have renamed the file and specified where you want to save it, click Save.
  6. Use DVD-burning software to create a DVD. (Your computer may already have this software; if not, there are many programs available for free online.) Make sure to create a DVD with a menu so that you can navigate to and play the files from your DVD player. (Follow the instructions for your DVD-burning software.)

You might consider finding someone in your ward or stake who can help create DVDs for each group.


How to Download Self-Reliance Materials (PDF Files)

The self-reliance workbooks are available in PDF format. Adobe Acrobat Reader, or Preview for Mac users, is required to view or print the material. To download Acrobat Reader for free, visit the Adobe website. To download a PDF file, click the manual you want to download, and then save it to your computer.