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Hi I'm Rebecca Baker

I grew up in a small town in western NSW. I'm a journalist, a wife, an only child and I'm a mormon.

About Me

I'm an only child, city born but country grown. I married at 19, to a man who is one of 11 children and a twin, despite this difference we have a lot in common, including our religion, a love for travel & all things geeky. We have no children, but would like to start a family some day. In the meantime I love that I have been able to spend the last 6 years learning, growing and travelling the world with my best friend. I love adventure and I'm passionate about the outdoors, animals, the beach, camping, big summer storms, bush walking, hiking, horse riding, kayaking, travel & road trips (our most recent was from LA to New York). I'm a creative person. I love to write, sing, paint, take photos, edit videos and generally create things. I'm always up for a musical or film night, there's something about the telling of a good story that I love. This passion led me to pursue journalism as a career. I'm a little bit geeky. Whilst I like my fair share of adventure & creativity I also love to play computer games, watch films based on comic books or fantasy and secretly nerd-out on a Friday night watching anything with 'star' in the title.

Why I am a Mormon

I love being a Mormon, even though it's hard sometimes. I was born a Mormon and doing things differently to the rest of the world can be tough, but I've learnt that it's always rewarding. Standing strong & living the things I have been taught through the church brings me happiness and a peace that can barely describe. There is no doubt in my mind that god exists and he has a plan for all of us and that there is life after this life. This doesn't mean my life is predetermined, but I do know that my life on earth is a way for me to prove my worthiness, a time to make good choices, so that I can return to the spirit world and live with God & my family that have passed on before me. I know, and am grateful that I am able to do this through repentance & the atonement of Jesus Christ. The atonement not only wipes away our sin, but heals our deepest sorrows. I have experienced Gods hand in my life and I know this church teaches his gospel and brings happiness. I haven't been able to find this kind of fulfilment anywhere else on earth. I remember reaching my highest point of a hike I did in Peru, standing up there in the Andes at almost 4,500m was amazing and I felt a real sense of achievement looking across those mountain tops, but it doesn't even come close to the feelings I get when I stand inside a mormon temple. I'm closer to heaven inside a temple than standing on a mountain top by far, and that is worth everything to me.

How I live my faith

I'm a musical person so I usually serve in my local church as a chorister, where I conduct the congregation when we sing hymns. Sometimes I perform songs for the congregation and I sometimes serve with the children in the church, teaching them new songs about gospel principles. Many of my family have been professional teachers, and sometimes I am called upon to teach the sisters or children in my church during Sunday school. Knowing I have a responsibility at church helps me to get out of bed and go on a Sunday, and I always feel better for it. It also brings me personal fulfilment when I hear the children sing a song I've taught them.