Baden from Texas

    “Baden from Texas,” Friend, Nov. 2013, 10–11

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    Baden from Texas

    Baden from Texas

    Photographs courtesy of Baden’s family; ax, lasagna, cake, goggles photos © iStockphoto

    Were you named after anyone? Baden C. from Flower Mound, Texas, was named after Baden Powell, the founder of the Boy Scouts.

    One of my favorite troop meetings was visiting an airplane hangar. We even got to go into the cockpit of a real airplane!

    When I first became a Boy Scout, I earned my Entrepreneurship merit badge. This merit badge helped me start two businesses: one repairing CDs and DVDs and another making paracord survival bracelets. Some other things I’ve learned in Scouts are how to use knives and axes safely and how to build a fire.

    I was born with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. That means my muscles will get weaker as I get older. My wheelchair comes in handy when I play soccer. I play goalie, and my chair helps me block the ball.

    Even though I know that one day I won’t be able to walk anymore, I know Heavenly Father will help me have courage. And I know that because of Jesus Christ, when I am resurrected my body will be perfect and I will be able to run and move again.

    I had fun with my dad and brother at a fathers and sons campout.

    This is me playing timpani in the school orchestra.