The Work Ethic of Mormons
Mormons believe in work and in teaching our children to work. A child who learns to work will have a better chance of success in the future, independence, a responsible nature, self-reliance, confidence, and a greater appreciation for the blessings we have and how much it takes to supply needs and wants. Teaching them to save their money and wait for the things they want is also a valuable lesson. Any assignment given to our children should come with realistic expectations for their age and lots of praise.
We believe our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are our greatest examples of how important work is, starting with the creation of the Heavens and Earth, resting on the 7th day. We also believe in resting, but that we should not be idle. The saying, “The devil will find work for idle hands to do” is quite true. According to one of our books of scripture The Doctrine and Covenants, we should be “anxiously engaged in a good cause”. This can include your employment, service to others, and taking care of your home.
Jesus said, “My Father worketh hitherto, and I work” (John 5:17). He also told us that poor will always be among us.
Our welfare system in the church is centered around helping those in need while encouraging them to be self-reliant. Most people fall on hard times, but they need to be lifted up and know that they can press on and become financially stable again through education and careful budgeting. Often those who receive church assistance give something in return when possible, such as volunteering at the cannery, working in the church’s thrift store called Deseret Industries, and other ways.
Another resource we have is LDS Employment Services, which helps one get back on their feet. They might receive help with their resume or in locating job listings.
We believe that work is a commandment, starting with Adam and Eve. As God told Adam he would eat by the sweat of his brow, we should do so also. Without work, the world would not function.