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Friday, October 8, 2010

What Have You Got Better to Offer Me?

People in academia are often incredulous that I am a faithful Mormon, actually a faithful adherent of any religious belief. So, sometimes I set aside the actual beliefs and argue my position from a different point-of-view. Consider the following:

From a very young age I was taught to work, value work and develop self-discipline.

From a very young age, I was taught homemaking skills such as cooking, baking, meal preparation, nutrition, home food storage and preservation, emergency preparedness, etc. I can also knit, sew and crochet. I have my own sewing machine and have used it extensively over the years for a variety of things.

From a very young age, I was trained to teach others. I've honed and developed this skill in every forum I've ever been in, but especially in teaching in higher education as a profession.

From a very young age, I was taught interpersonal and social skills while interacting with a broad range of people and environments in all socioeconomic spheres.

From a very young age I was required to do public speaking regularly. This has cultivated my oral skills to an exceptional level.

From a very young age, I was taught organizational and management skills allowing me to organize, manage and lead events as well as people.

From a very young age I was taught to avoid alcohol, tobacco, tea/coffee and drugs. This has left me free of any chemical dependencies or addictions.

From a very young age I was taught to avoid psychological dependencies and addictions such as gambling and pornography.

From a very young age I was taught to treat others the way I would like to be treated.

From a very young age I was taught to be honest in all my dealings.

From a very young age, I have been taught to value education. In fact I have earned a B.A., M.P.A., a Ph.D. and M.L.S. This education has been enormously valuable to me.

My education was made very affordable because my first two degrees were earned at B.Y.U. My Church heavily subsidizes the school.

Everything I have been. Everything I have done. Everything I have. Everything I am. Everything I can do in the future was made possible by my membership and activity in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

What have you got better to offer me?

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