A significant part of Mormon culture is being self-reliant and to care for those in need. It is a Mormon’s responsibility to provide for the social, emotional, spiritual, physical, and economic well-being for themselves, their family, and their church. They are to apply themselves to exercising their faith and to working diligently so that all three areas (self, family, church) are well-supplied with adequate resources. “Honorable work is a basic source of happiness, self-worth, and prosperity.” (True to the Faith, p. 185) The LDS Church will assist members so that they may become self-reliant.
“You can become self-reliant by (1) taking advantage of educational opportunities; (2) practicing sound principles of nutrition and hygiene; (3) preparing for and obtaining suitable employment; (4) storing a supply of food and clothing to the extent the law allows; (5) managing your resources wisely, including paying tithes and offerings and avoiding debt; and (6) developing spiritual, emotional, and social strength.” (True to the Faith, p. 185)