My full name is Keith Lionel Brown. I am 54 years old and currently reside in Annapolis Maryland. As my 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 (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, and two younger sisters, Sharon and Patricia. I am also the proud uncle of a 14 year old nephew. My brother Kenneth (Ken) is a year older than I am and is a Computer Analyst by trade. The younger of my two sisters Patricia (Pat) runs her own printing business called the P&E Print Shack. She is also 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 nephew) and is an Administrative Assistant.
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. On 27 August 2010 I completed 10 years of inactive Fleet Reserve duty for a total of 30 years of military service. I was officially retired from the United States Armed Forces on 1 September 2010. 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 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 Presidency. I have also served as both the Second Counselor and the First Counselor in the Annapolis Maryland Ward Bishopric and I am currently serving as a ward missionary and Stake Public Affairs representative for the Annapolis Maryland Stake.
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 9 times in its entirety, the Book of Mormon 9 times, the Doctrine and Covenants 13 times and the Pearl of Great Price 13 times each in their entirety.
I have also 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.
|17 Oct 1958||Keith Lionel Brown is born to John Wallace Brown and Frances Mae Harmon Brown.|
|3 Jun 1976||Graduated from Wicomico Senior High School inSalisbury Maryland. There were 366 graduates in myclass.|
|3 Jun 1979||Graduated with A.A.S. Degree in DataProcessing Technology From Delaware Technical and CommunityCollege in Georgetown Delaware.|
|1 Mar 1981||Entered the United States Navy with bootcampbeing in San Diego California.|
|24 Sept 1981||SN Keith L. Brown successfully completesBasic Electricity and Electronics School in San DiegoCalifornia.|
|3 Feb 1982||Keith Lionel Brown is appointed to the rateof Electronics Technician Third Class in the United StatesNavy.|
|12 Aug 1988||Was a member of the commissioning crew forthe USS Lake Champlain (CG-57) which was commissionedin New York City.|
|12 Jun 1997||Mother passes away at the age of 59 after abattle with breast cancer.|
|10 Mar 1998||Was baptized a member of the Church of JesusChrist of Latter-day Saints in Reykjavic Iceland.|
|22 Mar 1998||Confirmed, given the gift of the Holy Ghost,and Ordained to the Aaronic Priesthood in ReykjavicIceland.|
|31 Jan 1999||Ordained an Elder in the MelchizedekPriesthood at Keflavic Naval Air Station Iceland byBranch President Rickey Oren Shay. I became the first Americanto receive the Melchizedek Priesthood in Iceland.|
|16 Mar 1999||Today I became an uncle. My nephew RossieAlfonze Bratten IV was born on this day. I wasattending Navy Recruiter School in Pensacola Floridaat the time.|
|5 Jun 1999||Received Endowments in the Washington DCTemple.|
|10 Sept 2000||Ordained to the Office of High Priest in theMelchizedek Priesthood in Annapolis Maryland by David BramanFell Jr.|
|31 Mar 2001||Honorably discharged from the United StatesNavy after 20 years of faithful service.|
|Oct 2004||Received Bachelor of Business AdministrationMarketing Degree from AIU Online. Graduated Magna CumLaude.|
|Aug 2005||Received Master of Business AdministrationManagement Degree from AIU Online.|
|Nov 2005||Received Master of Business AdministrationAccounting and Finance Degree from AIU Online.|
|20 Nov 2006||Father passes away at the age of71.|
|17 Dec 2006||Sustained and set apart as First Counselor inthe Annapolis Maryland Ward Bishopric.|
|15 Apr 2007||My beloved grandmother, Nettie C. Lillistonpassed away at the age of 83.|
|10 Mar 2008||Celebrated the first decade as a member ofthe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.|
|4 Jan 2009||Released as First Counselor in the AnnapolisMaryland Ward Bishopric.|
|31 Mar 2009||Called to serve as the High Priest GroupLeader of the Annapolis Maryland Ward.|
|19 Apr 2009||Sustained and set apart as the High PriestGroup Leader of the Annapolis MarylandWard.|
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