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Hi I'm Annie

I'm a writer. I'm a mother. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife, a mother, and a journalist. I maintain my writing career with free lance writing gigs and a blog, but right now, my primary focus is my babies. We've got four children, two boys and two girls, and they're mostly delightful. They're also sticky and naughty and busy. I'm trying to teach them about Jesus, but it seems like they do all the teaching. I'm from Washington State, but at the moment we live in Germany. In another moment (JUly '14) we will move to Las Vegas but I kind of hope we're only there for a moment. Back to Washington is our goal, time to put down roots and build a farm. I write about my life and my loves my religion at annievalentine.com.

Why I am a Mormon

Because it makes sense. All of it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith one day at a time. Sure, I go to church, and sure I try to serve my neighbors, but Jesus is never far from my mind. I live my faith by teaching my children to pray for lost shoes. I live my faith by praying in the car. I live my faith by seeking answers in my worn out scriptures that really need to be replaced. I live my faith by telling my children every day that Heavenly Father and Jesus love them most. I live my faith by loving my husband even when I don't feel like it. I live my faith by asking Father to forgive me even when I know I'll probably do it again. I live my faith by believing that God is interested in the details of my life. I am a Mormon, and I live by faith.

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Annie
The Book of Mormon is not a replacement for the Bible, it's an additional testament of Jesus Christ. Just as a psychology class might have more than one text book, the Lord has more than one record. Because that's what the Bible and the Book of Mormon are, records made by prophets of old. The Book of Mormon is a record kept by prophets here on the American Continent. Dating back to roughly 600 BC, this book contains the stories and revelations of the Lord's people living in a different part of the world. It always amazes me that there are people who think the Lord only had one prophet at a time, what about the rest of the world? It's not like they had internet or international newspapers. It makes sense to me that God would send the same revelations through different channels to ensure all of his children had access. The Golden Plates (where the book originates) were buried in the ground for just over 400 years after the birth of Christ. They contained an abridged version of 1000 years of records, made by prophets of old. The prophet Mormon compiled the most important revelations and hid them to come forth during the last days (which, by the way, we're in). With guidance from an angel of God, Joseph Smith retrieved the plates, safe and untouched for centuries. The Book of Mormon is a translation of those plates. They're not watered down, the teachings haven't experienced centuries of rewrites from random scribes. The revelations and stories are as new as the day they were first recorded, and it shows. They not only support the Bible, they help clarify things that were lost in translation. Because things were definitely lost in translation. Show more Show less

What is the Church's position on abortion?

Annie
We believe in life before life. Every spirit that has and will take a breath existed before, and every spirit will exist again. With that said, we know that once a physical body is created, even in those precious first weeks, there is a spirit that goes with it. Aborting a baby simply because of inconvenience is wrong, especially when there are so many couples who are anxious to be parents. However, when the mother's life is in danger, and losing a baby is the only possible solution, sometimes drastic measures must be taken. These instances are few and far between and should be decided on a case by case basis. But life is holy. Motherhood is holy. The ability to create is a power that should not be taken lightly or dishonorably. Without a doubt, we believe that a healthy baby should have a chance at a healthy life, even if it requires nine months of inconvenience on the part of the mother. Show more Show less