The Perpetual Education Fund helped me a lot after I returned from my service in the Brazil Ribeir? Preto Mission. I had not completed the eighth grade, but I fulfilled an honorable mission, and many times I asked myself what would I do when I returned home.
I started studying to finish high school and also to work. Until I could qualify for something better through studying or graduating from school, I got a job unloading trucks of frozen chicken. I started at 5:30 in the morning. I lived a long way from my work and had to get up very early.
When I met Edna Ferraz, I was ashamed to tell her that I had not finished school, but I spoke the truth since the first day that I saw her. I also told her that I was currently studying. She had faith and she married me.
When President Gordon B. Hinckley announced the Perpetual Education Fund, I knew that it was an inspired program and the questions that I had about what I was going to do after the mission fell silent in the revelation from a prophet of the Lord.
I was called to serve in many different Church callings and eventually filled out the papers for the PEF and started a technical course of work safety. In the beginning, I thought that it was only a work safety technical course and I had no idea that I would be responsible for taking care of people.
At that time I served as bishop of my ward.
I received my first job while I was still studying with the help of the Perpetual Education Fund and, within six months, I was promoted and continued improving afterwards by moving to better employment.
Now I work as chief of security in an American multinational firm and I have a salary above the average in the workplace.
I currently serve as president of the Curitiba Brazil Jardim do Sol Stake.
I know that this Church is true and that we are guided by living prophets. Christ lives and governs this Church. — Sandro Roberto Machado Fagundes