Friday, April 9, 2010

39z - Education Moments: The LDS Church's Perpetual Educational Fund

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The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ: Mosiah 2:
41 And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it.
(emphasis added)

A Photo and a Painting Representing Hispanic College Age Persons Who Desire a Higher Education.

Education moments:

Open opportunities
Published: Saturday, March 13, 2010 (in the LDS Church News)

Returning home to Guatemala in 2001 after serving in the Costa Rica San Jose Mission, I started school at San Carlos University. The cost of school and the daily travel were extremely difficult for me, so I found a job with Buscamed in 2004 as a common laborer in its sawdust plant.

The work was all consuming. I was lifting heavy sacks during the day. I was sweeping all day in the sun. I thought my body was not going to withstand the work. I went home exhausted. I did not have strength to work in the Church or to spend meaningful time with my family.

I prayed a lot to my Heavenly Father to find a better way to make a living.

I had to study at night and show up at the university on Saturdays. On top of that, I was called as a branch president. I not only had to take care of my family, but also the lives of about 150 members in my branch. At one point, I thought I would have to either stop being branch president or stop going to school.

My wife and I decided to consider and pray about the Perpetual Education Fund. We felt it was the best option to help our economic situation, and we decided to do it. Though the money for school helped relieve some of the stress, I still spent eight more months in the sawdust plant.

Finally, education opened opportunities to work in an office. I went through many interviews and finally was promoted to technical control and assets administrator. For me, this was a huge blessing.

In order to apply for the position, I needed two years at the university, which, thanks to PEF, I had completed at that precise time. The technical schooling was a great blessing for me.

I have now been promoted many times. I have worked as an administrator for four years and make three times more money than I used to.

I see how Heavenly Father has blessed me, and I have told Him so. I testify of this wherever I go. I have not failed in making my payments to the Perpetual Education Fund. — Omar Victorino Perez, Cuilapa Branch, Cuilapa Guatemala District

Dear Blog Readers: I decided to give you now as much information and guidance as I could in case you might benefit from just learning about or by possibly participating in the Church's Perpetual Education Fund, either by donating to this marvelous program or by receiving help for your or your children's education if you qualify for such. Therefore: I went into and did a Search under the topic highlighted right above in this paragraph:

I copied everything from that search thinking that you might receive the answers you might have to your questions. Of course that Education Fund is for people of all races. I emphasized Hispanic members needing help from that source because of the Church News Article I quoted above and because I have heard that many members of the Church from Central and South America have been greatly blessed by that Church program! Be sure to read all of it, even if that makes it necessary to return to this blog again or reading it directly from

SPECIAL NOTE: By clicking on the links below, you will have some very special opportunities of learning much more about this inspired program of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


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____The Perpetual Education Fund

Gordon B. Hinckley
Based on similar principles to those underlying the Perpetual Emigration Fund, we shall call it the Perpetual Education Fund. The matter of education will rest with the Perpetual Education Fund.

Gospel Library and; Magazines and; Liahona; July 2001

Perpetual Education Fund The Perpetual Education Fund (PEF) was established in 2001 to help young men and women get a good education and become self-reliant after serving a mission for the Church. The program is patterned after the Perpetual Emigration Fund, which helped more than 30,000 early Church members journey to the Salt Lake Valley from Europe in the mid to late 1800s. Background Information
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____The Perpetual Education Fund: A Bright Ray of Hope

John K. Carmack
The Church was to create a Perpetual Education Fund. The Perpetual Education Fund became a bright ray of hope.

Gospel Library > Magazines > Liahona > January 2004
Michael R. Morris

Thanks to the Church’s then-recently implemented Perpetual Education Fund (PEF), in 2003 Dilson turned that prompting into a profession following an 18-month course in nursing. “Without the fund, it would have been impossible for me to take the courses I needed,” says Dilson, who works for a public hospital in Recife. It has changed our lives.” An Answer from the Lord When members of the Church in Brazil describe the Perpetual Education Fund, they can’t help but use superlatives: miraculoso, inspirado, maravilhoso.

Gospel Library and Magazines; Liahona; April 2009
Michael R. Morris

12. Autn:reference -,12038,2073-1,00.htmlPerpetual Education Fund Home

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14. Autn:reference - Gathers to Repay PEF
Contact Information LDS Philanthropies: Perpetual Education Fund 15E. When President Gordon B. Hinckley announced the Perpetual Education Fund in April 2001, he said it was to be modeled after the Perpetual Emigration Fund, which allowed early pioneers like the John Griffiths family to get funding to travel to Salt Lake City.

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18. Thomas S. Monson
The Perpetual Education Fund, established in 2001, continues to move forward. On average, with the 2.7 years of education they are now receiving, they are increasing their income by three to four times.
Gospel Library > Magazines > Ensign > May 2009


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