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Hi I'm Artie Baker

I grew up in Texas, married a girl from Arizona and have lived in several Arizona cities and towns since then, and I am a Mormon

About Me

We were the first converts to the Mormon church in our small Texas town, practically doubled the size of our small branch of the church when we joined. After my mission, I attended a four year college in Texas, and then transferred to BYU where I graduated with a degree in Agricultural Economics. I married a girl from Arizona and we have lived in Arizona ever since. Our five children have grown up in several Arizona towns and we have friends all over the state because of those career moves. Our boys, and by extension my wife and I, have been involved in Boy Scouts over the years. We went through the soccer and swim team years with all our children and loved their high school careers and being able to share their sports, drama and music interests. With three married children, our family circle has grown and we now get to share with our grandchildren their soccer and swim team years.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe we were place on earth, in a time and at a place for a reason. It was hard on our family when we joined the church when I was younger. There were so many unkind things said and done due to people's lack of tolerance and understanding. But the faith that I developed and the experiences with the Holy Spirit teaching me and touching my life has led to a happy life. And I believe that as we try to listen and follow the Holy Spirit, he can help us to understand why we are in a place and what to do with the time we have been given. I believe that the Lord wants us to be happy and he gives his love to us so we can in a very real sense feel that love and joy in it. We will go through hard times, and we will experience sorrow and pain, but they are temporary. The peace, joy and happiness of being a disciple overshadows the sorrow and pain and give hope.

How I live my faith

I was taught early in my life, through Boy Scouts to leave a camping place better than you found it. That has been a guiding principle for me. Whether participating in soccer leagues, school districts, work, civic groups or the neighborhood, I try to live a Gospel centered life by trying to make things just a little better by me being there. Sometimes, that may have been as simple as smiling or saying something nice to another person, volunteering to help, or seeing something that need to be done and doing it before being asked.