LeGrand Richards was born 6 February 1886 in Farmington, Davis County, Utah to George Franklin Richards (1861-1950) and Alice Almira Robinson (1864-1946) and died 11 January 1983 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah of unspecified causes. He married Ina Jane Ashton (1886-1977) 19 May 1909 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah.


LeGrand Richards was a prominent missionary and leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). He served as the seventh presiding bishop of the LDS Church from 1938 to 1952, and was then called as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles by church president David O. McKay. Richards served in the Quorum of the Twelve until his death in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the age of 96.

LeGrand Richards, was born in 1886. As a young boy, LeGrand had several accidents that could have taken his life: once as a small child he was struck in the head by an ax as he approached his father from behind while his father was chopping wood. A few years later LeGrand was thrown from a wagon by agitated horses, and the wagon wheels passed over his head twice. At the age of nine, he was stricken with a bone disease in his hip that has caused him in later years to use a cane for support.

Sustained by the Lord through a life of Church service, LeGrand served a mission in the Netherlands from 1905 to 1908, was called with his wife to preside over that mission in 1913, served a short-term mission in the Eastern states in 1929, served as president of the Hollywood Stake from 1930–1934, and presided over the Southern States Mission from 1934–1937. He was then called as Presiding Bishop of the Church on 6 April 1938, and on 19 April 1952 became a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

His father, George F. Richards, had left that quorum through death one and one half years earlier. Although involved in many temporal and business concerns in his early life and through his call as Presiding Bishop of the Church, Elder LeGrand Richards has been a missionary since the first of his many mission calls in 1905. His book, A Marvelous Work and a Wonder, has contributed to the conversion and fellowshipping of thousands, and his sermons on missionary work at general conferences are familiar to the entire Church.


Offspring of LeGrand Richards and Ina Jane Ashton (1886-1977)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Ina Mercedes Richards (1910-2006) 9 February 1910 Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, United States 4 August 2006 Joseph Grant Iverson (1902-1969)
Effie Norinne Richards (1911-2009)
Marian Louise Richards (1912-1997)
Jane Richards (1914-1917)
Legrand Ashton Richards (1916-1932)
George LeMont Richards (1918-2012)
Nona Richards (1921-1994)
Alden Ross Richards (1922-2008)




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