The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Stake-Sponsored Self-Reliance Groups

For the past three years, our stake has been implementing the Church’s twelve-week program of self-reliance courses, designed to help all members of the Church acquire the ability, commitment, and make the effort to provide for the spiritual and temporal necessities of life for self and family.

In September 2019, the Orem Utah Northridge Stake will start 4 different courses-- Personal Finances, Starting and Growing My Business, Find a Better Job, and Education for Better Work. These twelve-week courses provide group members with opportunities to learn and grow both spiritually and temporally. We invite you to consider enrolling in one of these courses. Feedback from previous participants is overwhelmingly positive. Many blessings have come to our stake members who have taken these classes. We are confident that these same kinds of blessings will come to you too.

As your stake presidency, we invite you - if you have not already done so - to prayerfully consider participating in one of these groups. If you would like to participate, please click the "register" buttons below and indicate which of one of courses you are interested in attending.

Registration deadline for all groups is August 29th.  Please register for only one group.

Everyone who registers should plan to attend an important, one-hour organizational meeting on Thursday, September 5th. You will be personally contacted to notify you of this meeting’s time and location. At the meeting, registrants will be organized into groups, meet the facilitator for their group, and together decide on when and where you’ll hold weekly meetings. Within a week thereafter, the first of the twelve group meetings will be held.  If you have further questions, please contact our stake Self-Reliance Specialists, Van Gessel (801-717-0013; van_gessel@byu.edu) or Elizabeth Gessel (801-616-1059; egessel@gmail.com).

Personal Finance Group

Group sessions will begin after September 5th as decided by the group.
All are invited to attend. Come and join a group to learn about personal finance, budgeting, protecting your family, and investing for the future. Groups are formed and meet for 12 weeks to learn, discuss and complete objectives.

Starting And Growing My Business Group

Group sessions will begin after September 5th as decided by the group.
All are invited to attend. Come and join a group about starting and growing your business including principles of business growth, building a customer base, managing cash flow and capital, marketing and more. Groups are formed and meet for 12 weeks to learn, discuss and complete objectives.

Find A Better Job Group

Group sessions will begin afterSeptember 5th as decided by the group.
All are invited to attend. Come and join a group about finding a better job.  Whether you are unemployed or just wanting to find a better opportunity, the group will cover principles of searching for opportunities, networking, creating personal power statements, resumes and job search techniques.  Groups are formed and meet for 12 weeks to learn, discuss and complete objectives.

Education For Better Work Group

Group sessions will begin after September 5th as decided by the group.
All are invited to attend. Come and join a group about education for better work.  Course explores career paths, researches chosen opportunities, training requirements and schooling options.  Groups are formed and meet for 12 weeks to learn, discuss and complete objectives.

The short video below gives one man's testimony of the value of the Personal Finance course in his personal life. Please take a moment to watch the video to better understand how you may greatly benefit from participation in one of these courses.

Visit the official website for Self-Reliance Services

Self-reliance is the “ability, commitment, and effort to provide the spiritual and temporal necessities of life for self and family. As members become self-reliant, they are also better able to serve and care for others.”

Find online manuals, materials, videos and trainings for the Self-Reliance Initiative.

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Events

Upcoming self-reliance related events.

Find other local community events related to Self-Reliance topics. Listed events are not sponsored nor endorsed by the LDS Church.

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Local Services and Resources

Many organizations in our community provide wonderful resources and services to meet the needs of individuals and families. Click on the resource directory link below to begin to discover the available resources.

STANDING READY TO ASSIST.

The Provo Employment Resource Center is staffed by Church Service Missionaries ready to assist in four core areas of Self-Reliance including employment, education, business and personal finance.

Phone: (801) 818-6161
Address: 702 W Columbia Ln. (DI Complex, 2nd floor)
Email: wel-ec-provo@ldschurch.org
Hours: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM M-Th

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Provo Self-Reliance Resource Center

Support services and resources are offered at the Provo Employment Resource Center. All are welcome to access the services available at the center.

Employment

CENTER SERVICES
• Job search assistance
• Career counseling
• Career workshops
• Resumes and power statements
• Interview skills
• Learn to network

QUICK RESOURCES
6 Steps to Starting Your Job Search
7 Myths About Careers
Local Employment Resources
Unemployment Assistance
Church Employment Specialist Training

Education

CENTER SERVICES
• Education counseling
• Scholarship workshops
• Search for scholarships
• Application assistance
• Training for groups

QUICK RESOURCES
What is the Best Education Path?
Choosing a Major
Church Education SystemUtah Higher Education System
Utah Technical Colleges
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Analyze Your Career Track

SMall Business

CENTER SERVICES
• Small business resources
• Small business counseling
• Networking resources
• Select business articles

QUICK RESOURCES
20 Right and Wrong Reasons to Start Your Own Business

Utah Business Assistance
Utah Financing Resources
Utah County Small Business Development Center - Orem
Small Business Administration Online Tools and Resources

Personal Finance

CENTER SERVICES
• Personal finance resources
• Family or individual counseling
• Budgeting assistance
• Financial planning assistance

QUICK RESOURCES
5 Steps to Financial Well-Being
• Start Your Budget (companion to the Self-Reliance Personal Finance group)
- Google Spreadsheet Template
- Microsoft Excel Temaplate
Busting Your Debt
15 Financial Calculators
Principles of Good Family Finance

Searching for a job?

Assistance with your job search can begin by building your profile on LDSJobs.org and connecting with the local leaders and the Self-Reliance Resource Center for assistance.

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Volunteer

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Just Serve

JustServe.org is a website where the volunteer needs of organizations may be posted and volunteers may search for places to serve in the community, providing opportunities to help those in need and enhance the quality of life in the community.

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