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Women exit the Marriott Center as they head to their classes for the 2019 BYU Women’s Conference on May 2.

PROVO, UTAH — In the vibrant city of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, a widow with four daughters struggled to make a living that could help her afford to send her children to school. Unable to turn to her family for financial support, the mother did all she could to find educational opportunities for her daughters.

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When she heard about a free school, run by Latter-day Saint service missionaries, she sent her daughters there, explained Sister Reyna I. Aburto, second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, during a session of Brigham Young University's Women's Conference on Thursday, May 2.

After being baptized as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the widowed mother worked hard to become self-reliant, eventually starting her own business selling food at the construction site of the Kinshasa temple.

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