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Education Is Key to Future Opportunities

Contributed By From the Church News

  • 25 April 2013

This young man from Santo Domingo is just one of thousands of individuals to participate in the Perpetual Education Fund.   Photo ©IRI.

Many people in countries around the world are realizing their hopes and dreams of gaining an education through the Church’s Perpetual Education Fund.

In a news conference on February 4, 2008, President Thomas S. Monson said of the program: “Today’s world is competitive, more than it’s ever been. I believe men and women need to get a type of education which will enable them to meet the exigencies of life. … Men and women need to be prepared for a vastly broader scope than we’ve ever had before. … [The Perpetual Education Fund] is a fund that will go far into the future.”

Antonio Jayme Gordevilla Jr., from the Handumanan 1st Ward, Bacolod Philippines South Stake, shares his experience:

“The Perpetual Education Fund is really an inspired program of the Church. After my mission, I got married in the temple with my lovely childhood sweetheart. From then on, I tried to pursue my college degree while we reared our children. In spite of my being a registered master electrician and master plumber, my small business struggled. I tried to save whatever money I could, but I had barely enough to enroll for just half of the required courses every semester.

“One of the most painful moments—one I cannot forget—was when I was not getting enough business and had to borrow some money to pay my tuition. One day I stood in line to pay the cashier for tuition, knowing that my wife told me before I left home that morning that we were running out of milk for our third baby and food for dinner. With tears in my eyes, I turned back without paying tuition and went on my way home.

“I learned about the PEF from the local LDS employment resource center. Unfortunately, because I was over the age limit, I did not qualify for a PEF loan. I applied again and was surprised that it was approved. At age 41, I graduated from the University of San Jose-Recoletos with a degree in civil engineering. The knowledge I gained with my education is a key that has unlocked a lot of opportunities.

“I don’t know what words to use to express my appreciation to the people who are responsible for making my PEF loan possible.”