Doctrine & Covenants/Church History
Lesson 38
“In Mine Own Way”

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us understand the principles of spiritual and temporal welfare and to commit ourselves to greater self-reliance and service to the poor and needy.

Scripture references for study:  D&C 38:30; 42:30–31, 42; 58:26–28; 104:13–18; Our Heritage, pages 108–9, 111–14
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Lesson 38 Handout (PDF)


President Gordon B. Hinckley:  "We feel the need to emphasize with greater clarity the obligation for members of the Church to become more independent and self-reliant, to increase personal and family responsibility, to cultivate spiritual growth, and to be more fully involved in Christian service." (Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley, pp484-485)


Independent of the World

We have been commanded to become self-reliant in both spiritual and temporal matters. The history of the latter-day Church demonstrates the efforts, based upon the times, of becoming independent.

From the time the Saints first arrived in Utah, there had been a continuing drive for self-sufficiency. This drive continued after the arrival of federal officers and may have been increased by the subsequent arrival of federal troops in 1858. Many efforts were made to become a self-sufficient people.

Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Record your thoughts on the principles discussed in this lesson. What can you do to increase your own self-reliance and that of your family? How can you reach out to assist those in need?

Resources Used In This Lesson

BYU Studies.

Conference Reports (CR).

Discourses of Brigham Young.

Gospel Standards by Heber J. Grant.

Great Basin Kingdom by Leonard Arrington.

Journal of Discourses (JD).

Life of Heber C. Kimball by Orson F. Whitney.

Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley.

Teachings of Harold B. Lee.

Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball.

The Lord's Own Way by Dallin H. Oaks.

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