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Stake Emergency Preparedness Newletters

Self-Reliance and Preparedness

Welfare and Self-Reliance Committee

The Stake Welfare and Self-Reliance Specialists are Andy and Cathi Allen.  We are supported by Ward Welfare and Self-Reliance specialists and/or Emergency Preparedness specialists.  We will be meeting regularly to discuss ways to help bishops and ward councils provide needed assistance and support.  More information can be found at

Self-Reliance Courses

Our stake enthusiastically supports the Church's self-reliance initiative 

by offering support for semi-annual self-reliance groups. There are five 12-week courses available to self-reliance groups:

  • personal finance

  • find a better job

  • education for better work (see BYU Pathway below)

  • starting and growing my business

  • emotional resilience


Our fall courses are in progress running through November 2022 for a total of 12 weeks.  

You can now join a group virtually or in-person in any stake.

Click here to find a self-reliance group near you:

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Smithfield South Stake Plan (Add hyperlink)

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.


Church Supported Preps

Contact Andy or Cathi Allen for more information

BYU Pathway

BYU-Pathway Worldwide is the Church’s program of online higher education for those who can’t attend a Church university on campus due to cost, time, and location.  The first year – called PathwayConnect – is a one-year program that helps people of all ages start or return to university studies. After completing the first year, students can earn a job-ready certificate, and then continue on to earn a bachelor’s degree – all at the same low tuition rate of $71 per credit hour. All certificates and degrees are offered through BYU-Pathway Worldwide and accredited through BYU-Idaho.

Signup is underway for next semester.

Contact our local Pathway missionaries for more information: 

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


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

Contact ??? for more information.

Other Welfare and Self-Reliance Resources
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