The Value of Work
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 letitbewritten.net to read more about KC and purchase his pens in order to support him on his journey to fund his mission.