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New Zealand Latter-day Saint Heading to Saudi Arabia on Five-Year Scholarship

“He used to work valeting cars. Then he held down a job at the Warehouse. Now Elye Parata has a law degree and is off to Saudi Arabia on a five-year scholarship from King Saud University,” the University of Waikato website reports this week.

“The University of Waikato student graduated in April this year with a Bachelor of Laws, majoring in law and political science specializing in international relations and security studies.”

He told the university website: “I’m really grateful to have this scholarship. It is a blessing from God for me. I’m not an A student, I just study hard, and do my best.”

Elye served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in San Diego, United States from 2007 to 2009. He plans to serve in the military after he completes his studies in Saudi Arabia.

Read more at the University of Waikato website.

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