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Hi I'm Lucy Richardson

I am a grandmother. I like to cook and do crafts with my grandchildren. I just retired and I'm going on a mission for my church

About Me

I am a fourth generation Arizonan. My ancestors were pioneers who came to Arizona and helped settle the wild west. I grew up number seven out of ten children. My father started his own company and taught me a strong work ethic from my early years. I've been married for 45 years to the father of our 6 children. We like to travel and we have seen many wonders of the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up going to church every week. My family lived the principles we were taught on Sunday. I was taught to pray and we prayed as a family every day. I remember a time when I was a teenager and I did not want to say the family prayer. My father told me that when I didn't want to pray was the time when I really needed to pray. I had to make the decision whether or not I would say the family prayer that day. The whole family knelt and waited for me. I decided to say the family prayer. The instant I started to pray the bad feelings I was having left and a sweet feeling took its place. Instead of not wanting to be with my family I wanted to hug them. I'll never forget how those awful feelings could not stay in my heart when I invited the Spirit of the Lord in. This contrast of feelings taught me if I want to be happy I need to live the principles that I was being taught. When I was 16 years old I had a car accident where my life and the life of my passenger were saved. A car turned in front of me and instead of being hit head-on, my Volkswagen was steered out of the way and landed in between two poles with one inch on each side of the car. There was no injury to me or my passenger or any damage to the car, other than a flat tire. I know I did not steer the car. This event is still vivid in my mind. It is so real. It taught me that there is a higher Being who loves me and is watching over me. I believe in the scripture that says: Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all else will be added unto you. Everything I have comes from my Heavenly Father. It seems that when I try to serve my Heavenly Father I am the one who reaps the benefits. I receive more than I give. He gives us the Plan of Happiness - and I find joy, help and progression when I learn and live the principles of His gospel.

How I live my faith

I've helped plan school carnivals, Santa Secret Shops and PTA fundraisers when my children were young. I still have the commercial popcorn machine we used for those events and now use it for Boy Scout fundraisers, etc. I have worked with young women in helping to plan service projects and activities. I have helped organize service projects for both young men and young women of high school age. One of my favorite projects was to interview the service men and women of WWII. We honored them and helped to document their stories. I have been the president of the young women's group and been the director of the girls church camp. I have also worked with women of all ages in our church. I have been the president of our women's organization in our local church. We have worked with a group that helps foster children. We made over 150 quilts so far for this group. We helped with back to school and Christmas drives for them. We have organized a back to school garage sale for the community where we live. The neighbors donated clothing, etc., and then the community came and shopped free of charge. I love working on service projects. I love helping others.