The Value of Work

Serve Daily - - FOSTERING INNOVATION - By Kyle DeGroff

The busi­ness “Let It Be Writ­ten” was started by KC DeGroff, a high school se­nior in Mesa, Ari­zona. KC cre­ates hand­made pens in an ef­fort to earn money to serve a full-time mis­sion for The Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter-day Saints. KC has al­ways stated his mis­sion would mean more if he earned the money for it him­self. KC has at­tended art shows all over Ari­zona, Cal­i­for­nia and Utah in an ef­fort to reach this goal. In June, “Let It Be Writ­ten” at­tended the Springville Art City Days cel­e­bra­tion.

KC had many sweet ex­pe­ri­ences while at­tend­ing the show in Springville. One such ex­pe­ri­ence oc­curred when a young man vis­ited KC’s booth sev­eral times through­out the show. Dur­ing each visit this young man ad­mired a cer­tain bolt ac­tion pen. On Fri­day night this young man en­tered the booth once again and picked up the cov­eted pen. His mother pulled KC aside and ex­plained that her son re­ally wanted this pen so he cut lawns and per­formed other tasks for peo­ple in the neigh­bor­hood to earn the money he needed. KC was touched by the de­ter­mi­na­tion of this young man and ex­plained that he would be will­ing to just give him the pen. The mother re­sponded, “NO! Please let him pay for it. I want him to re­al­ize the value of his work.”

The young man ap­proached KC hold­ing the pen and pulled the money he had earned from his pocket. The pen was priced at $50. How­ever, the young man only had $40 and asked KC if he would be will­ing to take that for the pen. KC agreed and upon re­ceiv­ing the money ex­claimed, “En­joy the pen! I know you worked hard for it.” In this sweet, sim­ple ex­pe­ri­ence, two young men re­al­ized the value of their hard work.

Shortly af­ter this ex­pe­ri­ence, a fam­ily pur­chased sev­eral pens and gave KC ex­tra money above and be­yond the price of the pens to put to­ward his mis­sion fund. This re­minds me of the prin­ci­ple that Je­sus Christ taught which states, “There­fore all things what­so­ever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them” (Matt. 7:12). KC wit­nessed this prin­ci­ple in ac­tion and has re­al­ized how true it is even to­day.

Visit letit­be­writ­ to read more about KC and pur­chase his pens in or­der to sup­port him on his jour­ney to fund his mis­sion.

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