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Hi I'm Kevan Baker

I'm a Master electrician and small business owner, a full time graduate student of social work, a father, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently in graduate school, as a 43 year old father of six, trying to follow the goals I set for myself as a young man. I have been an electrician since I was 16, and chose to follow what I believed would be the easier path in life of continuing to work as an electrician instead of following my heart and my goals. In 2008 I had an automobile accident which complicated my life and caused me some long term cognitive and emotional issues due to physiological and chemical changes in my brain. This accident and subsequent struggles made me realize that I had chosen the wrong path in life, and wanted to do something to help others with similar life struggles. I prayed for guidance, and decided to go back to school to become a social worker/ therapist. I moved my family from Colorado to Utah and left my electrical business behind to follow my heart and my dream. I have, since the accident, finished my batchelors degree in family studies/ behavioral science, and been accepted to and attending, a high ranking Master of Social Work program. I look forward to helping others who experience emotional and cognitive pain and difficulties like I did after my accident.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a member of the church of Jesus christ of Latter-Day Saints, but I have not always been actively involved in the church. As a young man I struggled to live the gospel standards, but I had a youth advisor who reached out to me and helped me to find a small peice of light in the gospel. That light, over the space of a couple of years, grew strong enough in me that I decided to serve a mission for my church. While I was on my mission I found the truthfulness of all of the gospel doctrine and principles I had been taught during my younger years. My knowledge of the truth was compounded by serving others the way that Jesus would serve. I will admit that I am not perfect, nor do I always live in perfect harmony with the gospel of Jesus Christ, but my knowledge of Jesus Christ and His perfect gospel, including His atonement for my sins, helps me to continue to try and become the best I can be, and to serve others daily the way He did.

How I live my faith

I am an adult advisor to the 14 year old boys in my ward. I love working with the youth, and try to connect with the boys on a personal level every week by attending their activities outside of church such as science fair exhibits they are involved in, sports activities, dance and piano recitals, and other interests these boys are doing outside of church and school. I am also their varsity boy scout coach, and every Wednesday we get together to do fun scouting activities that the boys organize and run with very little direction from me. My job as an advisor is to advise the boys but not direct the program. I teach them leadreship skills, and help guide them when things need guidance, but for the most part these boys are able to run the entire program on their own. Another opportunity I have in being their advisor is to watch over them in a spiritual and emotional sense. I have seen how the Lord has placed me in the right place at the right time to give some spiritual guidance to our boys, or to reach out to one who may be struggling at the precise time that the boy needed a few words of encouragment. I know God loves these boys and wants them to be happy in this life. That does not mean things will always be easy, but they can find happiness, and he has given me the opportunity to be a part of their lives, and give them strength when they struggle with life. I hope someday they will remember the love and time I tried to share with them, and that they will be able to do the same for other boys in the same capacity that I have been blessed to do.