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Hi I'm Lucy

I'm a wife of 30 years and counting, a mom to 4 terrific sons, a former Alaskan, parlo un po di Italiano. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born the 3rd daughter in a family of 4 girls. Ours was also a foster family and through the years my parents welcomed more than a dozen girls into our home...and only one boy. So you can imagine my surprise when I had 4 sons and no daughters. Now I have 4 grandsons and no granddaughters. We were also a foster family and welcomed 2 adorable little boys and one cute little girl into our home. I love being the mom of all boys! They opened my eyes to a whole new world filled with Cub Scouts, pockets filled with rocks, Boy Scouts, duct tape, soccer, cross-country running and cross-country skiing. We raised our family in Alaska, but moved back to the lower-48 shortly after our 3rd son graduated high school. Our sons figured that gave them permission to marry girls from all over and now we have family on both coasts...which makes me grateful for airplanes, rental cars, highways, and Skype! Our youngest son has Down syndrome and he keeps us busy with training for Special Olympics swimming, basketball and softball. He and his friends bring a lot of joy into our lives--and keep us feeling young. He shares my love for amusement rides and we have yet to find a ride that is too fast, too high or too scary! In my free time I enjoy sewing, reading, volunteering at a local hospital, walking and biking.

Why I am a Mormon

I love the peace and perspective the gospel of Jesus Christ gives me and the joy I feel when I know I'm walking on the straight and narrow that will allow me to return to live eternally with my Heavenly Father. I am far from perfect and so I am grateful for the Atonement of my Savior which allows me to repent and get my life back on track. While I was raised a Christian and a Mormon, there came a time when I had get my own testimony. In college I stopped attending church, but I missed it. Returning to the Church is the best decision I ever made. I took the time to really study the scriptures--the Book of Mormon in particular. I knew as I finally read that book cover to cover that is was the word of God...and I knew that if it was the word of God, then Joseph Smith was truly a prophet called of God to restore His church in these, the latter days. Knowing that for myself has helped me in so many ways throughout my life--in choosing my husband, in raising my children, in my interactions with others, in my attitudes, and my outlook on life. I love our Heavenly Father's plan of happiness as taught by the Church. When my youngest was born with Down syndrome, my testimony of God's love and His plan for our eternal happiness carried me through the early days of mourning the "typical" child I had lost. I know my son's disability is only temporary and when we get to heaven I will meet the perfect person that he is. For me there is nothing better than knowing God is in charge. As the apostle Jeffrey R. Holland has said, "The future of this world has long been declared; the final outcome between good and evil is already known. There is absolutely no question as to who wins because the victory has already been posted on the scoreboard. The only really strange thing in all of this is that we are still down here on the field trying to decide which team's jersey we want to wear!" As a Christian and a Mormon, I proudly wear the Lord's jersey!

How I live my faith

I try to live a Christ-centered life...to be of service to others, to be kind, and most of all to be happy (though I sometimes fall short and whine a bit). I serve in the Church as a Cub Scout den leader and believe me when I say there is no better way to spend an hour each week than in the company of 8 and 9 year old boys! Their enthusiasm for life is delightful. Once a week I teach an early morning religion class (Seminary) for high school students. This year we are studying the Book of Mormon and their understanding of gospel principles amazes me. They are light-years ahead of where I was at their age. I am also part of a rotation of Sunday School teachers for investigators and new members of the Church. I also support the full-time missionaries serving in my congregation by going to teaching appointments with them and opening my home for lessons to be taught. I am a member of the women's organization at church and make monthly visits to 3 or 4 women in my congregation to check on their needs: physical, emotional and spiritual. I love this assignment because it allows me to meet and interact with incredible women of all ages and who have such a variety of talents and interests. They inspire me to dream and to reach a little higher. But not all my service is church related. I volunteer at a local hospital working at the reception desk. I try to be the first smile visitors see when they come through the front doors. Sometimes people come in for appointments with no idea of who the doctor is they are there to see or even what the appointment is for--and that's when all my years of reading detective novels comes in handy. I take any hint of a clue they can give me and can usually get them where they need to be--which makes us all happy. I also work with Special Olympians and they have taught me as much as I have taught them. Being a lane coach in swimming and having them tell me "I couldn't do it without you, coach" puts a smile on my face.