As many of you know, my position at the mortgage company who shall not be named was eliminated back in December and I’ve been looking for work since. After three months I was honestly starting to lose hope. The job market is uber saturated with qualified workers and I was finding that my school schedule was getting in the way of receiving a job offer, because there are plenty of other people who do not have that schedule conflict. My schooling has also interfered with collecting unemployment benefits, as the State claimed that my schooling makes me “unavailable to seek and accept full-time work.”
We were getting frustrated. About a month ago, Tammy and I realised that if I pushed myself this year, and completed 31 credits in two semesters, I can graduate from the University of Utah in December, 2009 rather than August, 2010. We decided to make this our goal and see what would happen. While still looking for work, Tammy and I have been living off of savings, student loans, and the kindness of our family. We can not express our gratitude for the help that our family has given us.
After making the decision to try and complete my B.A. by the end of the year, I found information about Utah’s Displaced Worker Training Program. This is a wonderful State program where, if a worker has been displaced through no fault of their own, as I have been, and the worker is seeking training for another job, which I am, the State will assist the worker in paying for that training. We submitted all of the paperwork and have been waiting for over a month for the State to make a decision concerning my acceptance/nonacceptance into the DWTP.
Well, all of our patience, prayers, and hard work have paid off. Last week I started a new job with the U.S. Census Bureau. For the next three months I’ll be training and supervising Listers as they canvas addresses in order to update the Census Bureau’s maps and address lists for the 2010 Census. But wait, it gets better.
Yesterday we received a telephone call from Lindsay, our State employment specialist (case worker), informing us that I have been accepted into the DWTP and that we’ll be receiving assistance for the Summer 2009 semester!
After three monts of being unsure about our future, Tammy and I have finally received the answers that we, and our families, have been praying for! When thinking about the past three months, what has or has not been happening, a couple of scriptures come to mind.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
And now, I, Moroni, would… show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith.
Each day, Tammy and I are being given more and more direction concerning the path that the Lord wants us to take. We are being allowed to move forward with choices and then learn whether or not those choices were good for us, and that’s how it should be. I’ll keep you updated with what happens as we move forward.