A New Confidence
“As I saw my skills improve, I also saw my confidence grow.”
When I first arrived at Deseret Industries, I was shy and rather unsure of myself. I had married very young, without ever completing my high school education. I also needed job training so I could support myself and my little son. After my bishop referred me to Deseret Industries, a whole new way of life began to unfold for me.
I was first assigned to the clothing sorting and pricing department. There I learned how to sort clothing and determine which items qualified to be priced and sold on the sales floor. I found that I was a quick learner, so I was next taught how to size, price, and tag the clothing. I then was transferred to small-as-is pricing, where I used many of the same skills I had learned for pricing clothing. As I saw my skills improve, I also saw my confidence grow. Soon, I was able to help new associates entering the DI program by teaching them the skills I had learned.
I had the desire to pass the GED test required for obtaining a high school diploma. The Church-service missionaries, who were retired school teachers, were there to help me prepare to take this important test. Together, we studied reading, math, writing, and other academic subjects. They were patient, kind, and encouraging. They even told me that one day I should consider enrolling in college, and that my ability to fluently translate Spanish to English would be a real advantage as I make future plans.
As time went on, I became interested in learning more about the gospel and how it could improve my life, so I had lessons from full-time missionaries in my area. Several weeks later, I met a wonderful young man and we married.
My life has really changed from when I first began at DI. I am now confident, positive, and happy. I will be taking the skills I have learned at Deseret Industries with me as I begin a new business with my new husband.
“My life has really changed from when I first began at DI. I am now confident, positive, and happy.”
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