What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Robert Baird

I am a husband, father, Church member, and an engineer with 40 years professional experience. Gospel living brings joy.

About Me

I married while studying engineering at Brigham Young University. I graduated and started my career and we became parents to four children: two by adoption and two naturally. Each child is a miracle. A former BYU professor opened my door to a rich and fulfilling career. I specialized solving problems involving radiation in the environment and radiation protection. After 26 years working hard to have a good marital relationship, our marriage ended, though we have both stayed close to the children and their children. The months leading up to my divorce were by far the most painful and challenging time of my life. I grieved the end of our marriage and I feared how the divorce might impact the children. This struggle opened my eyes to the depth of my conviction of Jesus Christ and of God's love for me. I discovered that giving up my self-centered interests by caring for others' interests makes me happier and gives me greater peace. Later, I met and grew to love a wonderful lady who loves the Lord, is deeply committed to family, and treasures the miracles that are possible with wise use of the arts. We married and love sharing great experiences with family and through service. At Christmas time each year, my wife and I produce "Echoes of Christmas" in Salt Lake City to celebrate the original story of Jesus' birth. We and 100 other volunteers give this show as a gift to the community. With God's help, the vision of married life I earlier gave as fantasy has become my reality.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a happy and loving family. My parents taught me the principles of being happy through living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. But only during the dark times that came with the dissolution of my first marriage did I finally discover how deeply I believed in Heavenly Father's love for me and how much depended on His care for me. Through my diligent efforts seeking God's guidance for me, I found direction and confidence I had previously lacked. My belief led to deeper acceptance and I recommitted to living the Gospel as best I could. In this process, I discovered how valuable selfless service is in minimizing the misery I felt. Through service I found fulfillment, joy, and relief from emotional pain. I gave up my self-centered interests by caring for others' interests. I also learned that I choose whether to be miserable and dejected or to be happy, at peace, and upbeat. This decision, with God's help, dominates over what happens around me -- like the hurtful things others might say and do. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches me the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It shows me how to live as He taught us. I gladly give my best to the church. My wife and I are thrilled at the prospects of serving the Taiwanese people as full-time Senior Missionaries for the Lord. You know . . . the Gospel of Jesus Christ holds the answers to all of Society's gravest ills. Institutional solutions to problems that originate from our mortal nature fall short and even complicate the challenges of social living. But each individual accepting and living the Gospel of Jesus Christ leads to a change of heart that makes fruitful, fulfilling personal life and community living possible. More people accepting and living as Jesus taught us will solve the problems that plague modern society. Won't you also give consideration to all the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? Your live and that of your loved ones will be blessed for it.

How I live my faith

I believe the Savior's words ". . . Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me" and the words of the Book of Mormon prophet ". . . when ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God." So, I try to live my life with a fair amount of attention to giving service and helping people I meet and associate with to gain a vision of how full life can be by living the principles of the Gospel Jesus taught and exemplified. I try to bring a little sunshine into each interaction with other people. I pray and read the scriptures regularly. I do my best live so as not to offend the Holy Spirit and I try to "listen" for and follow the promptings of the Spirit. I endeavor to be honest in all I do and to live the kind of life I believe I should. I strive to be courteous and to refrain from speaking or doing unkindly to or about other people. I donate a tithe of all my income to the church. I abstain from caffeine, other habit-forming drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. I am faithful to my wife and constructively support my children and grandchildren. I stay informed of current events and try to defend virtuous principles in civic discourse. In my 40 years of professional activity as an engineer, I have sought to be the best engineer I could be, and to do it without compromising my values or moral standards. In church, I have taught the gospel to adults and youth, have visited families monthly as a Home Teacher, and served in various church leadership capacities. I have been a Scoutmaster and given other volunteer service to Scouting for 15 of my 45+ adult years. I have also been active in my local political party. I love good music - it brings joy and peace of the spirit.