Self-Reliance and Preparedness

Stake Welfare and Self-Reliance Committee

The Stake Welfare and Self-Reliance Committee meets regularly to discuss ways to help the bishops and ward councils provide needed assistance and support.  More information can be found at

Self-Reliance Courses

Self-Reliance Courses

Our stake supports the Church’s self-reliance initiative by offering semi-annual self-reliance courses. These group meetings are for any individual, couple, parent, friend, or leader who wants to be better prepared to meet, and help others meet, life’s challenges.

Our next self-reliance courses start in January 2024 (Registration due January 25th). Contact Jan Keim for more information.

These courses are available to Church members and neighbors of any faith:

Emotional Resilience – Finding Strength in the Lord (10 weeks)
Building Emotional Resilience through: Healthy Patterns for Our Body and Emotions, Managing Stress and Anxiety. Understanding Sadness and Depression, Overcoming Anger, Managing Addictive Behaviors, Building Healthy Relationships, and Providing Strength to Others,

Emotional Resilience for Older Youth (6 weeks)
This class is a shorter version of the adult Emotional Resilience group and designed for the older youth (15 – 18) to help provide skills to help them deal with the ups and downs of life. Note: This course for youth is usually organized at the ward level.

Personal Finance (12 weeks)
This class is for those who want better control over their finances. Group members will learn how to eliminate debt, protect against financial hardship, and invest in the future. They will create a financial plan and follow a budget.

Starting and Growing Your Own Business (12 weeks)
This self-reliance class will help you learn to make wise business decisions as you start or grow a business. Members learn key business skills such as identifying customer needs, finding customers, and keeping good business records.

Find a Better Job (10 weeks)
This class is for those who are looking for work or a better job. Group members will learn to identify opportunities, network, present themselves professionally, and prepare for job interviews. They will also set goals for contacts and interviews.

Contact Jan Keim or Norm Johnson for class start dates and other information.

Emotional Resilience for Youth

Using the Church self-reliance materials, our stake has developed six life skills ‘pilot’ lessons for older youth. These courses are to organized and facilitated by the wards, with assistance from stake leaders. Please contact Jan Keim or Norm Johnson for more details.

Strengthen Self, Marriage and Family Course

This is a 10-week virtual course that will start on Saturday, January 27th, 2024 at 8:30 am and run through March 30th. The course that is designed to help individuals strengthen themselves, their marriages, and their families. The classes are 60 – 90 minutes. To register, contact Tiffany Blowers. Below are links for the two manuals used in the course:

The following are the week lessons:

  1. Apply Gospel Principles
  2. Communicating with Love
  3. Parenting & Principles
  4. Understanding Child Development
  5. Fostering Equality and Unity
  6. Fostering Confidence
  7. Overcoming Anger
  8. Resolving Conflict
  9. Teaching (Learning) Responsible Behavior/Apply Consequences
  10. Strengthening Relationships

Addiction Recovery

Those struggling with addiction or compulsive behaviors can attend a recovery support group to receive support, help, and fellowship from others in similar circumstances as well as from volunteer Church-service missionaries and facilitators. Meetings are free and confidential and do not require a referral.  Leaders and other members are also welcome at the meetings and can help the member feel comfortable attending.

Search here to find a recovery meeting in your area. A general addiction recovery meeting is held in South Weber each week. Please contact Elder and Sister Malais for more information:

Who: General addiction recovery, friends and family
When: Thursdays at 7:30 pm MDT
Where: South Weber Stake Center (7989 S 2250 E, South Weber, Utah 84405)
Contact: Elder and Sister Malais (SW 1st Ward)


Prepare for and find a job by identifying opportunities, networking, presenting yourself professionally, and preparing for job interviews.

Contact Jim Golding for more information.

Emergency Preparedness and Response

South Weber Stake Emergency Plan

Our Stake Emergency Plan is to be used in conjunction with the Church’s Emergency Preparedness Planning Guide located at The stake president and bishops are responsible to direct the stake and ward efforts to prepare for and respond to emergencies (Handbook 1, Section 2.4). This plan should be reviewed and updated regularly. The Stake Council, High Councilor over emergency preparedness and stake emergency preparation specialists should ensure that lists and other information are kept current.

Contact Norm Johnson or Doug Bitton for more information

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