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Catching Up 3: Personal Finance Class

The Church has a new self-reliance initiative, and this past few months I've been privileged to have participated in it. Last fall I went through the Find a better Job group, and this time around I went through the Personal Finance group. I have to say the program has been such a blessing in my life. Over the course of twelve weeks, we meet weekly for two hours as a group, with a facilitator. We review the materials, which all have a spiritual foundation, then we counsel together and offer ideas and suggestions to each other. I thoroughly enjoyed the Better Jobs group, and the Spirit that I had with me. This was even more evident with the Personal Finance class. I met with other members of my stake, who I did not previously know, and we all got to be very close. We had a regular text chain where we sent notes of encouragement, or asked for faith and prayers. I also got to be close friends with my action partner. We now go walking together on Saturday mornings, and continue to text each other throughout the week. And as a side benefit, my finances are in much better shape than they were at the beginning of the year. This will be a huge help, especially as I pay for this next year of school.

A couple of weeks ago, I was presented during sacrament meeting with a certificate for completing the course. I wasn't in it for the certificate, but I appreciate that the program is considered important enough by our Church leaders to warrant it. It has definitely been a blessing, and a motivating force in my life.


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