GS 120L: Lesson 8


Speaking Partner Appointment: Providing for Self and Family and Caring for Others

Young man praying with hands clasped

In the first appointment, you discussed several areas where we can become self-reliant. In a pamphlet entitled "Providing in the Lord's Way," a similar list of principles is discussed, including the following: Education, Health, Employment, Home Storage, Finances, and Spiritual Strength. Thinking about each of these principles, discuss with your speaking partner how an individual is responsible for each of the following people:

  1. Self
  2. Family
  3. Others

Read the following portion of the pamphlet "Providing in the Lord's Way" to your speaking partner. Read one time through and discuss pronunciation, unfamiliar phrases, or vocabulary words. Read another time through and discuss how we can follow the Savior by being self-reliant.

Providing in the Lord's Way

During His mortal ministry, the Savior walked among the poor, the sick, and the distressed, ministering to their needs and blessing them with healing and hope. He taught His disciples to do the same. Reaching out to those in distress is a central characteristic of the disciples of Jesus Christ (see John 13:35).

In our day the Lord has again commanded His people to care for the poor and needy. He said, "Behold, I say unto you, that ye must visit the poor and the needy and administer to their relief" (D&C 44:6). Church members are encouraged to give personal compassionate service to those in need. They should be "anxiously engaged in a good cause," serving without being asked or assigned (see D&C 58:26-27).

The Lord has described His way for caring for the poor and the needy. He instructed the Saints to "impart of your substance unto the poor,…and [it] shall be laid before the bishop…[and] shall be kept in my storehouse, to administer to the poor and the needy" (D&C 42:31, 34).

The Lord further explained that these offerings should include members' talents. These talents are "to be cast into the Lord's storehouse,...every man seeking the interest of his neighbor, and doing all things with an eye single to the glory of God" (D&C 82:18-19).

The Lord's storehouse in not limited to a building used to distribute food to the poor. It includes the faithful offerings of time, talents, compassion, materials, and financial means of faithful members given to the bishop to care for the poor and needy. The Lord's storehouse, then, exists in each ward. The bishop is the agent of the Lord's storehouse. (excerpt from "Providing in the Lord's Way")

You may want to discuss the following:

  1. In what ways do you feel we need to prepare ourselves before helping others?
  2. How did the Savior prepare himself before he took care of others?
  3. Discuss different examples of how the Savior cared for others.
  4. You may discuss some of your talents with which you have been blessed to provide for or care for others. 

If time allows, go over some of the Vocabulary list and discuss definitions of how the words are used.