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Ukrainian Woman Blessed to Attend LDS Business College

May 2013

Irina Kabdygaliyeva The financial aid Irina has received has made a college education possible

In her young life, Irina Kabdygaliyeva has lived in three countries, learned to speak three languages and stood at the confluence of major events in Church history in Eastern Europe.

Despite being the major breadwinner in her home, and against seemingly insurmountable odds, Irina left her native Kazakhstan a year ago to come to Utah to study at LDS Business College.

“To get here was a miracle,” she said.

Irina was born into a Muslim family in Uralsk, Kazakhstan, but moved as a baby with her family to Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, where they met the missionaries.

The family was baptized. Irina followed when she was eight years old in 1998, the same year the family was sealed in the Freiberg Germany Temple.

Returning Home

Irina felt at home in Ukraine and joined in the Church activities where her father served as branch president.

After several years, her father felt to return to Kazakhstan, this time to the capital city of Astana.

In time, Irina was called to serve in the Russia Rostov Mission. After, she felt to study at BYU, but her dream lacked financial probability.

Her hope, however, brightened when a member suggested LDS Business College. After much prayer, a former ward member offered to sponsor her.

Irina received a returned missionary scholarship the first semester. She now has a sophomore scholarship.

Irina has a reputation on campus as the friend of the friendless.

“I feel this school helped me find my way in life,” she said. “I didn’t know if I could do this when I arrived. I love this school. It is just right for me.”