The film crew arrived this morning, right before I managed to sneak away and hide. They were very nice and polite and fun, and patient while I tried to answer questions. It was a nightmare, with me too anxious at first to even be able to think clearly, and then rambling storytelling, and then going completely blank when we got to the part about the actual youth project.

He asked me to tell about the youth project and my assignment, and I couldn’t even get it out.

Then when he asked what happened next, all I could think was my mom died.

That’s what happened, you know.

I introduced this huge project and got things started, and that’s when mom was killed.

So all the storytelling went mostly fine until we got to talking about the youth project, and then my mind just went blank.

It was embarrassing. They were patient. I didn’t cry, and I kept trying, but my goodness, when does that get better?

Otherwise, it was not as scary or hard as I thought it would be, and mostly I hope I said something helpful.

Also, Christy brought us an amazing lunch that was totally worth the whole experience.

What is important, I think, is that people get excited about genealogy and temple work and loving their families while they still have mortal time to do it well.

What is important, I think, is that people realize serving a mission is possible.

What is important, I think, is that we did our best, and testified as we could, and shared our experience.

We tried, anyway.

And this crew was amazing with all their fancy toys and knowing how to do what they do.

I am excited to see the whole project put together!


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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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