The views from the 26th floor of the Church Office Building were breath-taking Post Cards!
Here's WHY we are Self-Reliance missionaries:
President Eyring said that PEF/Self-Reliance perhaps is the greatest converting tool the church has.
This calling (missionary service) is the answer to the questions: 'to what you were ordained?' (D&C 50:13) It's serious business.
Regarding PEF and Self-Reliance, Elder Gay said, "We report directly to the 1st Presidency. That's how we have been able to get so much done in such a short time. We have a license to go to all the world."
"You've been called to serve in Self-Reliance but don't get sucked into helping or doing it (anything) for them. Invite them to act and to pray. Don't you pray for them. Instead teach them to pray and act thus opening the lines of communication with God...thus unleashing the Powers of Heaven. Everyone needs the powers of heaven!"
There is a fast spreading global sickness in the world today. No country is exempt. A crisis and a culture of Governments (and even well-meaning NGOs) taking care of the poor by giving handouts, doles, and welfare. It is not sustainable. It's not doctrinally sound. It's a counterfeit that does not work and can not work. We must teach Self-Reliance at the root and at the core.
This work is important. The Self-reliance program, employees, and missionaries names are placed on the temple rolls throughout the world each day.
Brigham Young said, "We need to teach the saints how to live"
Our fundamental scripture is D&C 104:15-17 (the poor shalt be exalted..)