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Hi I'm Richard Max Baker

I was born and raised in Utah. Spent 3 summers in Alaska. I am a Green Beret and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived in Utah for about 40 years, and loved every minute of it. I spent 10 years working as a boilermaker building coaled fired power plants, and when that was no longer needed I went to work in the local integrated steel mill for 20 years till it was torn down. My wife and I have raised five wonderful children, two boys and three girls. Both my wife and I were raised in small families. She had just one brother and so did I. So raising five children was a real adventure for us. As I look back on our child raising years I can see the hand of the Lord in our lives. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its doctrines gave my wife and I, and our children, the understanding and the confidence we needed to survive those years. The Young Women and Young Men programs in the church along with the Boy Scouts of America kept our children busy and focused on good things and taught them how to work with and get along with others. Consequently they are raising wonderful families of their own. If you would have told me 40 years ago that I would have 17 vibrant grandchildren I would not have believed you.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe that the Prophet Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God. That he translated the Book of Mormon by the gift and power of God. That he along with other Apostles and Prophets restored the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the earth. I know that if I continue to follow the Savior's perfect example and keep all of the covenants that I have made with Him, His Atonement and Resurrection will have power and purpose in my life, and my family's life for time and all eternity.

How I live my faith

Life is full of surprises. I would have never guessed that I would be diagnosed with cancer just about the time I was ready to retire and really enjoy my life, my wife, and my family. It was a real shock to me. I had really tried to take care of myself, I thought. But all of a sudden I was faced with some tough decisions. I found myself praying more to my Heavenly Father. I pleaded with Him to know what He would have me to do. I felt, as I am sure others have, that there was more I wanted to accomplish. Why did it have to end this way? I was determined that I would do all I could to endure well my circumstances. Through it all, I can honestly say that I never felt abandoned. I knew that my Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ were aware of me and what I was going through. I didn’t know the outcome at first. I just knew that I wanted to endure it well whether I lived or died. Eventually the cancer went into remission and I was given to know that there was more for me to do. Because of that that experience I look at things differently. Every day is a precious privilege, another opportunity to work and serve in His kingdom. He has given me more time to strengthen my relationship with my wife, my family, and others. Please take the time to listen carefully to the missionaries, earnestly read the Book of Mormon and put the challenge found in chapter ten of Moroni versus four and five to the test for I know it is true, all of it!