Peace Out, Preacher

Tonight I am doing my last overnight shift as chaplain at Hillcrest, officially completing my training I was asked by the church to do.  I will have to write essays for evaluations (like finals) for both the VA and Hillcrest, and then I am finished… 

Just in time for orientation in Salt Lake in October! 

That was close!  

I also took and passed finals for my summer classes, without getting to study or having any materials, and so got approved to do my comps in November.  Then I will be done with my Master of Divinity degree, which is required for chaplains. I did in only two semesters by attending three schools at once and taking 12 graduate hours at each.  

That was insane.

It seemed impossible when the church talked to us about it all a year ago, but now it is very nearly done!  I can’t believe it! And we did it in a year like they asked!

Kudos to Nathan and the many family and friends who supported us, gave rides to our children, and generally tried to keep us sane during a very intense season in our lives.

I will continue my post-doc Jewish studies, but am very glad this extra piece is finished!  

Well, finished if I can pass comps this fall…
But no more preaching for now… because talks at church don’t count, right?!


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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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