“Today, English practice was really hard,” Elder Suarez says as he leans towards me. “Did you know there are 20 words that signify ‘to get’ in English. It’s crazy!”
I laugh, feeling his pain. “English is hard work Elder, but this is the best time to learn English. You already have time set aside every day for language study, and your companion is a native speaker!”
“We’re study buddies,” Elder Foutz agrees, joining our conversation. He is Elder Suarez’s companion and is never far away. “He helps me with my Spanish and I help him with his English!”
The missionaries here in Costa Rica are taking full advantage of English Connect – a wonderful language program adopted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
It is proven that people who know English have many more opportunities available to them.
An English Connect graduate can qualify for BYU-Pathways Education program, can compete for better jobs, and can better serve their families and communities.
Serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints could be considered a reciprocal investment. Missionaries give their time to the Lord and faithfully preach the Gospel of Christ, and Heavenly Father gives His missionaries opportunities to learn and grow. Every one of these faithful disciples of Christ are beloved children of God and He knows how best to bless them. English Connect is just one way Heavenly Father blesses His missionaries.
Prior to this year, I was unaware of the English Connect program. I am excited to be instrumental in helping these young disciples of Christ work toward a better future.
The missionaries fully support this program with a great desire to learn. Attendance is always near 100%!