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Hi I'm Joyce Stroud

I was born and raised in Rupert, Idaho. Now fulfilling a life time dream serving in the Illinois Nauvoo mission with my husband!

About Me

I grew up on a farm near Rupert, Idaho with three brothers and three sisters. Our farm bordered the Snake River and it was our play ground after we finished our work. My siblings are still my best friends! I moved to SLC and studied at LDS Business College. I met my husband in SLC and after we married we made it our home. We raised our five children there. They are all great people and have blessed us with a wonderful son-in-law and two wonderful daughters-in-law. Together we have seven granddaughters and seven grandsons. My husband was a firefighter, and after our children were in school, I went to work for one of the airlines and loved interacting with the public and teaching agents different job functions. Between the two of us, our family had lots of great adventures. I love to travel, camping, being pampered in a nice hotel, any body of water (oceans, lakes, rivers, streams), mountains, flowers, reading, seasons, feel good, uplifting movies, but most of all spending time with our children and our grandchildren. I am learning to play the piano and the harmonica, and have a strong desire to study Spanish, I just haven't started yet!! I still have lots of time, I'm only 66 years old!!!!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a home where I lived and was taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ from a Mormon perspective. But, there comes a point in every young person's life where we can no longer lean on the understanding, values, and ideals of our parents. The only way one can know if The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true is to read and study the Book of Mormon prayerfully. Then get on your knees and ask God if it is true. I did this and received a confirmation beyond description of any earthly knowledge I have, in its surety, of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. I know that my answer was a direct communication from the Holy Spirit of truth. It was the most profound knowledge I have ever received. My father died when I was fourteen years old. I have experienced death of loved ones, great discouragement, major health problems, grave concerns for one or more of my children, the frustrations of raising children, making marriage work, financial struggles and on and on. It is called life!! I cannot imagine how I would have done it without being able to turn to my Heavenly Father to pour out my heart and to find comfort and answers. The Gospel is my support system. The Book of Mormon and Bible are my guides. I have angels all around me helping me every day in the form of friends and neighbors. Knowing that after all I have done, the Savior through his atoning sacrifice will make up the difference gives me great comfort and peace of mind. I know that families can be together forever through the blessings and covenants made in the Temple. That also gives me great comfort and peace. My favorite, "go to" scripture whether I am happy or sad is Psalms 46:10. It says "be still and know that I am God". I can feel at peace in a world full of turmoil and when my life is in personal turmoil because I know that I am a beloved daughter of God and that he knows me and my struggles and that all things will be for my good as I work to return home to Him.

How I live my faith

I am fulfilling a life long dream right now as I am serving a full time, two year mission with my sweetheart in the Illinois Nauvoo Mission. I grew up hearing the stories of the Bible and Book of Mormon for as long as I can remember. I love serving my friends and neighbors in the different calling we as Mormons are given the opportunity to have. I love serving my peers, the teenagers, and the children. We were serving as the Sunbeam (6 year olds) teachers when we left to come to Nauvoo and we loved those amazing little boys and girls. We miss them every day! One of my greatest memories is when I was involved as a leader in our women's organization, in a project to make and deliver 1000 quilts to the people of what is now Bosnia. It was truly a labor of love and to have some from our area go and see how grateful those war torn, often homeless, (many who had lost husbands, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, and children) people were was a humbling and once in a life time experience. I believe the most important thing I have ever done is to be a wife and mother. It is by far the most difficult, rewarding, awesome experience. To have the responsibility to help shape little children into good, productive, righteous adults with my husband by my side is incredible. It would also, for me, be impossible without the help and knowledge I have of a loving Heavenly Father and of his Son, Jesus Christ.