Nathan’s Ministry

I woke up crying at four in the morning and could not go back to sleep. Nathan just held me and let me cry.

At five, he got up with me – even though it wasn’t light yet – and went with me to work at mom’s house.

That’s a lot of love.

When I could not speak for crying, Nathan showed our ward friends which pieces of furniture to take back to my house (again).

When my family lost it, every one of us, when we had to hand one of mom’s dogs over, he politely walked the family to the door and thanked them.

When my brother and I had nothing left to give, he made sure the teen girls had cinnamon rolls to make, Jess got some cuddle time, and he took Cobie on a nature walk for a photography lesson.

And when we all collapsed in exhaustion and tears after moving mom’s things and giving away Little Bit, he played piano for us until we calmed. He soothed us with music and love, until we had no more tears, and then he made us laugh with funny hymn speeds and flourishes.

I am so grateful for him, and I do love him so much.

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About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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