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Hi I'm Keros Brown

I'm a retired Engineer who worked on mushroom farms. I like knowing how things work. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I live on a ranch in the mountains of southern California. I retired early from my career in mushroom growing to start a machine shop where I machine parts for airport instruments. This has been fulfilling because I do a task that is hard, but rewarding. The rewards go beyond financial because I know I make airports safer and I get satisfaction in knowing that landings are more likely to be smooth and uneventful. I'm that guy who has to know how things work. I have been married to the same girl for 47 years and we have 7 children and 30 grandchildren. They all call me when something breaks or doesn't work. Service in my church has given me the opportunity to try and fix problems in other people's lives. Because of my background, that often involves tools, but not always. I am a firm believer in paying it forward. If it should ever become illegal to be a member of the Mormon Church, I hope their is overwhelming evidence to convict me.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a small town on a dairy farm. almost all of my neighbors were Mormons and I had a rich and full childhood. I loved the social life and opportunities that were afforded me. For some reason I knew at a very early age that I was a baseball pitcher. Since I was usually the smallest in my age group, I didn't get many chances to actually pitch. I followed my baseball heroes by radio and read everything I could about them. I realized that pitcher have to pitch, so I drew a strike zone on the wall of our brick home, paced off a comfortable distance and began pitching. Over the years I wore out a lot of baseballs and loosened a few bricks. I learned and practiced all of the pitches and as I grew, my pitches began to go straighter and faster. The problem continued to be that I was smaller than everyone else and therefore never given a chance to pitch against batters. Finally between my junior and senior years I caught up in size with my friends Our highschool coach wasn't looking for inexperienced seniors no matter how hard they pitched so I was once again cut from the team. I knew I was a pitcher so our wall took a terrible beating that next year. I sent a letter to a professional baseball team explaining that I was a pitcher and needed a chance to prove it. They invited me to pay my own way to their spring training camp and have a tryout. To everyone's surprise but mine I really was a pitcher. They offered me a low minor league contract. On the last day of spring training, the General Manager of the big league club was going to watch me pitch against the major league hitters. It was a disaster. Afterwards he consoled me by saying that all of the coaches believed in me and that anyone could have a bad day. Then he asked if there was something else I should be doing. It was like a lightning strike as I realized that I should be serving a mission for my church. I did so and it forever changed my life for the better. Being a father is forever.

How I live my faith

I have usually been asked to fill administrative positions in my church. I have been in charge of scout troops, youth organizations and children's groups. I help with financing and training and logistics. As a family, we try to be energetically engaged. That may be supporting a family member as she plays sports or assisting with homework or helping with household chores. We also vacation as a family and always go to church as a family. We count ourselves very fortunate to have navigated the rapids of childrearing with minimal casualties. We give most of the credit for that to our exemplar and friend, Jesus Christ. We strive to make His presence felt in our home. Our goals have been rather simple but sometimes ambitious. We have tried to hook all of our children on reading for pleasure. We encouraged inquisitiveness and imagination. We have usually had small family businesses doing a variety of things to teach the fun of running a business and the satisfaction of pulling the rabbit of profit out of the hat of business. We are shutting up our shop for a season and accepting the assignment of volunteering wherever our talents might be used in Portland Oregon. This will be for a year and should be an exciting time for us.