On June 21, 2007, I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Los Lagos [in Chile]. Ever since I was a child, I always had the intention of getting ahead. Because of the financial hardship that my parents had, I constantly sought different alternatives that allowed me to approach my goal.
I began by attending Church with great strength, serving in my callings and then making my dream come true to serve a mission. I understood that if I was obedient, the Lord would bless me as we are taught in so many parts of the scriptures.
With this idea in mind, I strove to do things the right way. I started my education, but for lack of a stable job I was unable to have any continuity, so I got stuck or quit school. However, I knew that if I kept trying with perseverance, things would work out. I never lost faith in making it to college. I had my mind set on it since I was a little boy, so I couldn’t give up now. I prayed a lot, asking Heavenly Father for answers to help me reach my goals.
Along the way I got married, and I began working at a collection agency. Things were not going well at that company, so I lost my job. Shortly thereafter I found a job washing cars. I was doing well there, better than at previous jobs.
As I thought about how to resolve the issue with my education, one Saturday at a priesthood conference our dear prophet, President Gordon B. Hinckley, announced the answers I had been waiting for the Perpetual Education Fund. I was filled with hope and approached my leaders, who counseled and supported me. I applied for college and was finally able to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
From then on, things really improved for me financially, and I was able to reach goals that had been beyond my wildest dreams. There is no doubt that the Lord heard our family’s prayers, and the energy I put into this matter provided an enormous blessing for us as a family.
I won’t tire of saying that when you strive for something, don’t lose hope, and place your trust in the Lord, answers will come. It’s a matter of looking back and seeing how far we have gotten. I have my degree, my home, a job and a beautiful family. I give thanks to that important and valuable revelation given to the prophet for the youth of the Church that allows us to look toward the future with greater hope. I fervently testify that our Heavenly Father lives, that Jesus Christ lives and that the Holy Ghost helps and guides us.
— Mario Humberto Rozas, bishop of the Cuatro Poniente Ward, Santiago Chile Olimpo Stake