I just returned from a welfare meeting where we talked about Self-Reliance. The definition that was used at that meeting is: "Using all of our blessings from Heavenly Father to care for ourselves and our families and to find solutions for our own problems."
I realized that I saw self-reliance in action Saturday night while tending two of my grandchildren, Corban and Isabelle. We were "playing" Scrabble and I spelled Corban's name and put it in one of the letter holders. I began to spell Isabelle and found all the letters but a B. Corban took the B from his name to put in Isabelle's but I told him that we need to find another B, not realizing at the time that all the other B's in the Scrabble game were hiding somewhere else in the house. After turning over all the wooden squares and no B was revealed, Corban took one of the wooden squares and ran in to the kitchen. I thought of following him to make sure he didn't put it down the disposal or throw it out the window, but decided to stay with Isabelle in the living room. He came back shortly with an orange colored pencil in one hand and the Scrabble square in the other. Scrawled on the square, in 4 year-old hand writing was an orange letter B. He handed it to me and said, "There, Grandma Connie. The letter B."