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Hi I'm Annette Shippey Stroud!

I am the sister of 2, mother of 4, grandmother of 10, widow of almost 19 years, semi retired real estate agent and I am a Mormon!

About Me

Hi, I'm Annette! I'm a mother of four, grandmother of 10, widow of almost 19 years, a semi-retired real estate agent and a Mormon!

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 21 years old, I began questioning where I came from before I was born. My minister didn't have any answers. I worked with an LDS girl, Candi Morrison, that tried to share her testimony that we lived with Heavenly Father before we were born. This made sense to me, but I had never done anything significantly against my parents will and would not listen. I finally went to church with her and a man was called from the congregation to bear his testimony about his relationship with Christ and how he knew that the Church was true. I started listening to the missionaries and finally decided to pray about whether the Church was true or not. When I came back into the room and told the missionaries that I was going to join the Church, the Holy Ghost bore witness to me from the top of my head, through my body, down to my toes that the Church was true. I have a testimony of the restoration of the Gospel. I know Jesus Christ is our Savior and that he died for us. I am so thankful for my testimony and for two families; Bob and Moneta Oates' family who fellowshipped me when I first joined the Church, and Dave and Vella Hawkins who loved me and taught me how a righteous Mormon family lives. I am so grateful to have been married to my sweetheart in the Washington DC temple and know that we can be married for eternity and live with our family forever if we are obedient to the commandments of our Heavenly Father. I know that there is life after death and that the love on the other side of the veil is much stronger than the love we experience here.

How I live my faith

I moved to Beaverton, Oregon about a year and a half ago. I went to visit one of my sons and his family at Thanksgiving. I mentioned that all of my kids had left me alone in Georgia. My son replied, "Why don't you come and live with us!" After a week I said, "Yes, I can do this!" And I did! I have been teaching in the women's organization one Sunday a month in our church, which gives me time to visit my children and grandchildren in California, Colorado, and Utah and go on a trip to Cabo with an old friend.