Why should we pray and ask God to bless us with more abundance when we are unappreciative of the things that He has already blessed us with? Instead of wanting and expecting more, we must first learn to be thankful for what we have. - Keith L. Brown
English and conversational Spanish. I am working on perfecting my Spanish as one of my goals this year is to give at least one Sacrament talk in Spanish as well as bear my testimony at least once in Spanish. While in school I took one year of Latin and five years of Spanish. I even tied for fifth place in a National Spanish Exam that I took when I was in senior high school. I have also taken two semesters of Biblical Hebrew and and two semesters of Biblical Greek. The next language that I would like to learn is Russian.
The Bible, The Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, The Pearl of Great Price, As A Man Thinketh by James Allen, In the Lord's Due Time by Joseph Freeman, The Ten Virgins: Ten Women, Ten Stories, Ten Lessons For Our Day by Emily Freeman, 21 Days Closer To Christ by Emily Freeman.
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My full name is Keith Lionel Brown. I am 52 years old and currently reside in Annapolis Maryland. As my 20 year Naval career ended here in Annapolis, I decided to stay here and make this my home.
I was born on Friday, 17 October 1958, at 10:17 p.m., in what was then the little town of Salisbury Maryland, in what was at that time known as the Salisbury Hospital. Today Salisbury is a growing city and the old Salisbury Hospital is now known as the Peninsula Regional Medical Center or PRMC.
I was born of two goodly parents. My beloved mother, the late Frances Mae Harmon Brown (24 September 1937 - 12 June 1997), passed away on 12 June 1997 at the age of 59 after a battle with breast cancer, and my father, the late John Wallace Brown (23 January 1935 - 20 November 2006), passed away on 20 November 2006 at the age of 71. I miss both of them dearly.
I come from a family of one older brother, Kenneth (Ken), and two younger sisters, Sharon and Patricia (Pat). I am also the proud uncle of an 11 year old nephew. My brother Kenneth is a year older than I am and is a Computer Analyst by trade. The younger of my two sisters, Patricia, is the one who has been blessed with the musical talents in our family. She can play drums, guitar, piano and organ, all by ear. My other sister, Sharon, is married and has a son (my 11 year old nephew) and is an Administrative Assistant by trade.
I was honorably discharged from the United States Navy on 31 March 2001 after 20 years of faithful, dedicated service to this great nation of ours. I completed 10 years of inactive Fleet Reserve duty on 27 August 2010, for a total of 30 years of military service. It was a very interesting journey to say the least, and I am thankful to my Heavenly Father for allowing me to have been able to serve for those many years. I was an Electronics Technician by trade while in the Navy, but as I am more interested in programming computers than fixing them, I decided not to pursue a career in repairing electronic equipment after I retired.
I am a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Before becoming a member I was a Baptist and was actively studying to become a Baptist minister. I was baptized on 10 March 1998 in Reykjavik Iceland. I was serving on active duty in the United States Navy in Keflavic Iceland at the time. I was ordained to the Aaronic Priesthood on Sunday, 22 March 1998 and received my first two callings shortly thereafter. My first two callings were that of Activities Chairman and Single Adults Representative. I enjoyed both callings tremendously, especially Single Adults Representative as it gave me an opportunity to organize the weekly Family Home Evening for the single adults and to teach the lessons from time to time. I was ordained to the Melchizedek Priesthood on 31 January 1999 and went to the Washington DC Temple for the first time on 5 June 1999. On 10 September 2000, I was ordained to the office of High Priest and set apart as a member of the Annapolis Maryland Stake High Council where my duties included serving as a Stake Young Men's Representative, the Advisor and Coordinator for the Stake Missionary Preparation Program, an Advisor to the Broadneck Ward, an Advisor to the Relief Society and an Advisor to the Public Affairs Committee.
I am a member of the Annapolis Maryland Ward where I have served as the Sunday School teacher for the 14 to 16 year olds and First Counselor in the Young Men's Presidency. I have also served as both the Second Counselor and the First Counselor in the Annapolis Ward Bishopric and I am currently serving as the High Priest Group Leader.
I love to read about different subjects and over the years I have managed to build quite a large library of books and other various study materials. One of the things that I love to read are the Scriptures and have thus far read the Bible 7 times in its entirety, the Book of Mormon 8 times in its entirety, the Doctrine and Covenants 9 times in its entirety, and the Pearl of Great Price 13 times in its entirety.
I have developed a 40-day reading schedule for the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price. I also love teaching the Scriptures. Nothing brings me greater joy than being able to share with people those things that I have learned from the Scriptures and at the same time learning from others as they relate how the Scriptures have blessed their lives. I also enjoy writing talks, speeches, and articles on various topics.