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Hi I'm Steve Baker.

I'm a husband, father and retired banker who likes to run and swim. I help young people improve their lives. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have been married for over 40 years. My family has brought me great joy and occasionally, difficult challenges. Spending time with our grandkids is one of life’s greatest pleasures! My early life was shaped by dedication to sports, particularly competitive swimming. It taught me the importance of working hard for something you believe in. As a young missionary in Argentina, I learned that the gospel of Jesus Christ can change lives. I was a very successful banker, working mostly for a multinational bank in many of the largest US cities. My career, while productive, reinforced the fact that helping people change their lives to follow the principles taught by Jesus Christ is the most important thing we can do in life. Since retiring, I have worked as a volunteer for the Perpetual Education Fund, a program designed to help young people in less developed countries obtain better employment through education, and for the Missionary Department of the LDS Church where I am assisting Mission Presidents to fulfill their responsibilities. My wife and I also served as a Mission President in Los Angeles with a principal role of guiding young missionaries to help them understand what I learned many years ago.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I love my Savior Jesus Christ and I want to return with my family to live with Him and my Father in Heaven again. I have studied and prayed about the Book of Mormon and know that it is a volume of sacred scripture. As I leared of its truthfulness, I have tried to follow Christ's teachings. I want to be able to say along with the Book of Mormon prophet Lehi, “I have beheld his glory, and I am encircled about eternally in the arms of his love.” (2 Nephi 1:15)

How I live my faith

In the Book of Mormon, King Benjamin said “When ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God.” (Mosiah 2:17) My wife and I made a decision early in our marriage that we would live within our means and save our money so that I could retire early and be a volunteer. Currently I serve as a leader of young men, helping them to become outstanding young men through following Jesus Christ. I also assist Mission Presidents to help them fulfill their responsibilities. Previously, I enjoyed volunteering for the Perpetual Education Fund and as a Mission President working with young missionaries in Los Angeles. All of these experiences have brought me the joy of seeing people improve their lives. Our 13th Article of Faith states “We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, and in doing good to all men…” I have found that the same standards of behavior improve the quality of our relationships at home, work, church or community. I made it a practice in my management career to always try to build people rather than diminish them, even when they needed correction. To me, being “true” means being reliable and I strive to be dependable and always follow through on my commitments. I believe in being honest, even on my taxes! The gospel of Jesus Christ is the “plan of happiness.” (Alma 42:8) I love my family and want them to be happy so we work to apply the “principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.” (Proclamation on the Family) One of my favorite recreational activities is whitewater rafting so I have taken each of my children on a rafting trip with just the two of us when they were seniors in high school. We have also had many camping adventures as a family as we have moved around the country. We wanted our children to appreciate the history of our country as well as the beauty of God’s creations.