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Hi I'm Lee Baker

I grew up in Southern California. I love to ski, I'm a mom of seven. I've traveled to Tibet, & ate Yak burgers. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I was born and raised in Southern California. I grew up loving the beach, and knowing that gray skies in the morning didn't mean it wouldn't be a sunny day, it would "burn off" by noon, and still be a great day. I love morning sunshine, it always makes me happy, but I'm grateful for rain and it always makes me think of apples, books, and good movies. I was an "only child" until I was 7 and always believed that there was tons of laughter and fun going on in homes where there were lots of kids. I became active in the church when I was about 12 years old and began attending Mutual. My world expanded a great deal then and I loved everything about attending church. The youth activities expanded my world. I loved to dance and the Stake Dances were such fun to attend. As I stayed close to friends in church, I knew I wanted to attend BYU for college and was so thrilled to be accepted to attend. I lived with my best friends and had many good experiences there. While at school, I learned to ski. Skiing was fun, joyful, and even brought peace when needed. Skiing alone on a sunny spring day makes a great day! In 1970, following a short romance, I married my husband in the Los Angeles Temple, and we've been married for 46 years. Before long, children came and we had a house full of kids. We got to teach our kids how to ski and they quickly learned to out ski me. I love being a family, even though there can be some challenges. I love being a Mormon, and I love the Temple.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though all but one of my ancestors joined the church in the 1830's or 1840's, and several knew Joseph and Hyrum Smith, I didn't know much about the church because my parents were not active members. I always wanted to go to church though, just like the family who walked down our street each Sunday towards the church at the end of the street. One Sunday, I suggested to my father that we could attend "that" church. He told me that wasn't our church, I asked him, "Then what church is our church?" I don't remember his answer but I know my father got prepared, and baptized me when I was nine years old. It wasn't until later, however, that I became active in the church. The MIA program (youth program) was my flight into activity. I loved the friends I made there, and the adult leaders, and became engaged in all the activities. Girls Camp, Stake Dances, Sports, the Drama program and loved being in the dance festivals of the 60's, there were lots of great things to do. I graduated from High School and went to BYU, where I tried my best to major in fun. I took up skiing my freshman year and loved it! I majored in Recreation, and loved the program. My family had some problems, and my parents sadly got a divorce at the end of my freshman year. It was a difficult time for me, and being at BYU was a great blessing. Some of the most important people in my life, were the adults I interfaced with there at school. I worked on campus while attending school, and my bosses were some of the best people I ever met. They were amazing examples of what living the teachings of Jesus Christ could do in your life. I worked with Sister Murdock in the nursery school kitchen, she will always be dear to me. She was kind, and sure in her expectations, and I looked to her for my example of how I wanted to live my own life. I have always loved the shape and form the gospel has given to my life. Reading the scriptures, prayer, and keeping the commandments is the happiest way to live.

How I live my faith

Having opportunities to serve in church callings has given me a chance to do things I might not have otherwise done. A favorite calling was leading the singing with the children's organization, the Primary. I found it gave me so many opportunities to have fun with children. I did artwork, developed teaching methods, and watched children have fun learning about Jesus, about kindness, and about service, and they were great singers! I called it having the chance to be a "stand-up comic with a captive audience", and we loved each other. Later I got a job at a local elementary school in the Special Ed. Program. I loved being there, being on a team, that worked together committed to helping the children to grow and accomplish things they didn't believe they could. I have served in the youth organization, and loved being a part of the young people. The young women that I worked with were a real blessing to me. I always knew that I learned more from them than they did from me. I have enjoyed teaching and in my most recent time of teaching the 16 to 18 year old young women, learned that they were also wonderful teachers. About 10 young women in my last class, who were so prepared, so qualified to teach a great lesson using their knowledge of technology, and their knowledge of the gospel. A few of these young women are now serving missions, what wonderful talent to offer to others. In serving in the women's organization of the church, I learned so many things that blessed my own life. By helping to organize a women's conference several years ago, I was able to see how working together, and sharing the responsibilities with others, developed a well rounded and broad-based program. When congratulations came, it was all because so many good people contributed. After serving in the San Diego Temple for ten years, my husband and I were called to serve in the Nauvoo Temple for a year. We have been so blessed to be here. I have learned so much.