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Hi I'm Arlee Richardson

I grew up in an Air Force family. I'm an ASL missionary in Anaheim California. I'm a Mormon

About Me

Growing up in an Air Force family, we moved around a lot. Our most recent three moves have been back and forth between Utah and Northern Virginia, where I graduated high school. I just finished my freshman year at Brigham Young University, where I'm going to be applying for a major in Communication Disorders. Throughout high school I did color guard in the marching band. I have a real love for viewing and creating art- particularly paintings. One day I hope to visit The Louvre, but my long term aspirations include a college degree and then to one day be a mother. I love and have lived on both the East and West Coasts of the United States. One thing that always stops me in my track is a good view. I've never successfully captured fully a mountain scape or a beautiful valley on canvas... but one day I will. I laugh a lot, and love to sing duets with my sister on the piano. I'm so excited for my year and a half service mission for the LDS church in Anaheim California, serving the deaf community!

Why I am a Mormon

I have found truth in the pages of the Book of Mormon and saving guidance from the words of the modern living prophet that leads The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints. A Book of Mormon verse (Alma 32:27) gives the council that if you want the gospel to be truth, but your faith is still unsure to experiment on the words that are given, so that they may be proved true to you. I bare my testimony that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church of God on the earth. I know this through living the principles taught for myself. I'm a member of the church because it makes my life happier. It gives me lasting happiness and helps me continue towards the person I want to be. I have a very strong testimony of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ's love for me and for everyone individually. My family unexpectedly moved half way through high school and I was devastated. I was so lonely and sad, but through this trial I learned to rely on prayer. I felt heard and I felt loved by my Heavenly Father. I prayed to know if this was the right thing for our family to do and I received the answer that it was. I didn't know why it was the right thing yet, but after we moved I continued to pray and stay close to Heavenly Father and by following the guidance I found in The Book of Mormon I was able to make fully use of my time in our new town. Very quickly and very often it became apparent why I had been sent to this place at that time. I was their to grow. I am so much happier now then I was before I went through this trial! I am so thankful for the chance I have to grow and change every day thanks to the beautiful and saving atonement of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

For the next year and a half, I'll devote 24/7 to community service, and teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to the members of the deaf community in Southern California. I am so excited for the opportunity to serve these people. When I was 12 I started attending an annual summer camp hosted by the Latter-day Saint Church. Once I turned 16, I began to attend as a Youth Camp Leader, helping younger girls develop survival skills, self confidence, and a love for service. I loved getting to know these girls and watching them progress and come out of their shells over the course of the camp. I've also had the opportunity to serve as President of a youth group of girls at my church that were all my age. We planned activities- everything from sports events, to cooking lessons, to service projects for people in need in our area.