July 6, 2020
“For me, the most important thing is truly living the PathwayConnect program.” Anastância Balanga believes PathwayConnect is much more than assignments and exercises; it has inspired her to live in a way that has brought her eternal blessings.
Anastância is 34 years old and lives in Angola in central Africa with her husband and two children. She joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 14 years ago, and then was called to serve a full-time mission in South Africa. Currently, Anastância serves in the Relief Society presidency, and her husband serves as branch president.
The doctrine of personal revelation guides Anastância’s life. Years ago, she felt like something wasn’t quite right about the way she was living. She let that feeling motivate her and began praying to understand what she needed to change. It was at this moment that Anastância heard Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf say, “For members of the Church, education is not merely a good idea — it’s a commandment.”1
Anastância felt this was an answer from the heavens. She was already the mother of two children, active in her community, a counselor in the Relief Society presidency, and an English teacher. She was uncertain about her ability to continue her education at that time.
Despite those doubts, Anastância knew this was an answer from God. She and her husband counseled together and decided they both should apply to PathwayConnect.
Anastância has continued seeking personal revelation to guide her family and her education. Through this process, various scriptures have made a profound impact on her educational experience.
1. Doctrine and Covenants 130:19
And if a person gains more knowledge and intelligence in this life through his diligence and obedience than another, he will have so much the advantage in the world to come.2
Anastância says, “I truly believe that by working towards higher education, I will gain more knowledge and intelligence and become a better person. I will have more opportunities in this life and so much advantage in the next life.”
As Anastância has pursued her education, she has seen blessings come to her and her family members. Her education has given her an eternal perspective and taught her to “seek earnestly the best gifts.”3
2. John 14:26
The Holy Ghost shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance.4
Ever since Anastância was a child, math has not come easily to her. She became increasingly nervous as she attempted to tackle math problems in her PathwayConnect courses. After trying and repeatedly failing, Anastância turned to the Lord for help. “I decided to kneel down and ask my Heavenly Father for help,” she said. “The result came almost instantly! A few minutes after saying my prayer, I felt peace and comfort, and I did the exercise again and got it right!”
The Lord does not leave us alone. Anastância’s experience taught her that when we seek the Lord and put in the work, He will help us achieve success.
3. Alma 37:37
Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good.5
Anastância is certain the Lord led her to PathwayConnect. Her diligence in seeking the Lord allowed Him to “direct her for good.” Anastância has hopes of continuing her education and earning a BYU-Idaho bachelor’s degree online in applied business management, which is presented and coordinated by BYU-Pathway. Until then, she has jump-started her studies by reading books on administration and marketing strategies.
Anastância reminds her fellow PathwayConnect students that God is guiding BYU-Pathway Worldwide: “I don’t have any doubt that my Heavenly Father has been my tutor and partner on my educational journey.”
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Comments on "3 Scriptures for Anastância"
Bravo sister Anastancia your testimony is powerful driving tool to all pathway students worldwide. I greatly inspired and uplifted to study on no matter how tough things will be. I am ready to do the things I am failing several times until one day I will succeed, like the inverter of the light bulb did.
Obrigado Anastácia, i am from Cunene- Angola and currently I am online student of BYU-Pathway and your history is really uplifting , you’re making me blushing on the BYU-pathway. Thank you once again dear Balanga.
Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good
Wow, amazing story Sister Balanga, I am inspired by your journey. I completed PathwayConnect last year, and this year I am enrolling for a degree.
Beautiful family that you have, I definitely remember you from the Johannesburg MTC in 2009. You were one of the three sisters in our group. Wow, amazing.
Sister Anastancia, God bless you for your inspiring testimony i know so many wold be motivated by this wonderful testimony even as i am. Thanks so much.
It is a great and tremendous experience from BYU- pathway worldwide..To me, it molds future leaders and prepares maturated minds for spiritual tendencies and self fortification .Thank you Caroline for the the overview.
Thank you Sister Anastancia for your very inspiring testimony. I also do believe that we have to live what we have learned in PathwayConnect. This is truly the school of Zion!
May God always bless your family.
Congratulations Anastancia! Thank you for your faith and testimony! One of my dearest friends from my mission now lives in Luanda, Angola also and I hope to go to Angola one day to see her.
I just finished Pathways today! It has been a huge time commitment but also a huge blessing. I also know that the Lord has truly guided my path here in preparation to get my Master’s degree in Social Work. He is truly an amazing God that cares about each one of us. It is so humbling to know this isn’t it?!:)
PathwayConnect is really a milestone to achieve. Sister Anastancia, your subtle experience in BYU will bless your life and will also leave an indelible mark for others to follow.
Thank you, Sister Balanga, for sharing and encouraging us with your strong testimony.
I am moved by your testimony. Sister Anastancia, thank you for your words of encouragement. God bless you.
Very good to hear that. Since I joined BYU-Pathway Worldwide, I see that we are really commanded to learn. Thanks for the message, Sister Balanga. God blesses you and your family!
Thanks so much for this wonderful motivational inspiration. It has helped me to get back on the right path because most times I look at my personal weaknesses and end up judging myself that I will not be able to make any nice future progression in my life and be like the other people. I always look around but thank God for this message which has given me hope that if I do my best as I depend on Heavenly Father and his holy spirit, I will be guided till I achieve my goal of reaching my destiny.
Thank you Sister Anastancia,
This is an inspirational massage to me. I love the story. This has strengthened me more to know that I am not alone as a BYU-Pathway online student. The scripture she shared, Alma 37:37, is one of my best scriptures. Anytime I begin to study, I counsel with the Lord to help me in whatever I am coming to learn and study.
I love the message God bless you. Thanks for sharing.
This is an inspirational story, I am glad that I was able to read through. I have had thoughts of giving up on the BYU Pathway program, let alone school. I was starting to feel like education is not for me. I have been having tough times for the past four weeks, not able to complete my assignments and could not focus. I have been praying about this, and I feel like Heavenly Father has answered my prayers not to lose hope.
Thank you for sharing!
Inspiring story. Sister Anastancia is a member of our study group for the Introduction to Social Media Management course. She’s been a great addition to the group, very proactive and actively contributing to help the group accomplish our tasks. I’m sure her life and her story will inspire many more people.
Thank you very much for your testimony Sister Balanga, it has boosted me to continue pressing on in this path with the hope that I shall as well overcome any obstacles that might come on my way.
Please continue being the light to all of us, we love you and your family.
Thank you once again
Thank You Sister Balanga, I really enjoy reading and learning from your experience. It motivates me to keep pressing forward on my Pathway journey. You have a beautiful family and an uplifting testimony. God bless you.
Thank you Sister Balanga, your testimony is amazing and uplifting. I am so grateful to hear it. Remain blessed.
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