July 4, 2008.
Dear Future Sponsor,
Hi, my name is Rodrigo Sampaio Rodrigues, Iâ€™m 18 and Iâ€™m from Fortaleza, Brazil. Iâ€™m member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for eleven years and I have a strong testimony of The Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. Currently, Iâ€™m serving at the church as ward missionary and bishopricâ€™s secretary. Me and my family weâ€™re all members of the church. I mean my parents and my younger sister. The other members like uncles, aunts, grandparents, cousins they are all catholic. But someday theyâ€™ll be all latter-day saints.
By March 2009, Iâ€™ll be going on a full-time mission to the church. Iâ€™ve waited for so long to serve as missionary and Iâ€™m seeking to prepare the best I could to serve with all my heart. I know Iâ€™ll be an official representative of Jesus Christ and Iâ€™m seeking to know him better and feel his atonement sacrifice in me.
After my mission I would like to realize an old dream and goal. My dream and goal is to study at Brigham Young University at Provo. Iâ€™ve dreamt of it since childhood and I feel strongly connected to BYU even though Iâ€™ve never visited the campus. I feel that I can learn at BYU many things specials which I couldnâ€™t learn at whatever other university or college. Itâ€™s not only the secular knowledge but the spiritual background that I can get that is special and precious to me. My parents support my dream in everything they can but they arenâ€™t able to pay my BYU education and keep me in the United States.
I feel I need to study at BYU, to learn the gospel and to bless lives here in Brazil and around the world. Iâ€™m fallen in love with the BYU purposes and I truly believe in them and I want to make them part of my own life. I know the Lord has something especial to me at BYU and I want to find it out for myself. But I need help.
Iâ€™m Brazilian, younger and poor. My family doesnâ€™t have funds to pay my BYU education. But I still believe I can. Iâ€™m seeking for a Sponsor, someone who I can trust and who can help me to get into BYU. Iâ€™m open to opportunities of work and study and Iâ€™m willing to do whatever is possible to attach my goals. I mean I might work to pay BYU or study to get a scholarship, anything, Iâ€™m just waiting for one opportunity and Iâ€™ll make it my own and do my best.
I have some ideas. Before applying to BYU I need 550 score at the TOEFL, my English I good, but not that good sufficient to BYU. I can work for at most 18 months and simultaneously study for the TOEFL and save money to pay at least part of my tuitions and fees at BYU. Know that I was always a good student at school and I can certify surely that it wonâ€™t be a great problem. I just need help to improve my English to satisfy BYU standards.
I can work doing everything. Donâ€™t worry about it. I will accept good and â€śbadâ€ť jobs without problem and reclamations. I just want to work and I donâ€™t worry about the nature of the work.
I intend to apply for something related to English, like English Teaching, Research or Communications. But I still donâ€™t know specifically what I will do Iâ€™m waiting for the helping from the Lord to decide the right way for me.
Be assured that I will anyway get into BYU after my full-time mission. And if youâ€™ll help me I promise you to do my best and work hard. I promise also to pay every cent spent with me as sooner as I could. Iâ€™m using all the ways I can and seeking with faith for someone who could help me. I just want the first door to be opened and I certify that as sooner as you imagine Iâ€™ll be walking by myself.
Iâ€™m just a simple boy. Iâ€™m worthy. I have a testimony and a gift which I want to enhance. Thereâ€™s no better place to do it than BYU. I believe I can. I will not give my dream up. Before mission I just want to make contacts and find someone to help me. During mission we could keep contact and as me as you will be able to prepare.
I donâ€™t need luxury, I donâ€™t want money, I just want an opportunity. I hope have been convincing and truly sincere. I know Jesus Christ is beside me. Please, help me. Trust me. Make me achieve my goals. Study at BYU is what I mean to be.
Rodrigo Sampaio Rodrigues.
P.S.: I wrote this letter for myself without any help from anyone.
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