Nathan’s Evening

When people ask me what Nathan does for a living, I tell them he writes musicals and plays.

It’s true, of course, but it’s so much more than that.

He creates experiences.

He wants people to stretch and grow, to see things fresh, to be nourished by laughter, to connect to their inner selves, to wake up from the stupor of mortality so that they might see God.

That’s his prayer, even when he is drawing Shakespeare hamlets by hand, turning them into candle holders.

Few people notice the details he puts into events, but these details are the pieces he spends weeks creating, because these are the pieces that make the experience.

Clever words, witty plays, music lyrics that turn hearts, that’s what my husband does.

It’s not a desk job. It’s not a fancy oil field. He’s not a farmer and stays out of my garden if he can help it.

He’s a writer. He’s an experience maker.  He’s a creator.

And that’s one of the reasons I picked him out for marrying in the temple, because the kind of work he does is eternal.

And to me, that’s worth investing in, with all my heart, time, and energy.

Not every man would write a play and make up an Elizabethan hand dance just to save their baby.

Not every man would spend their free time learning violin music from  the 1500’s just to save their baby.

Not every man would research pop song sonnets to teach, just to save their baby.

Mine did.

And I am proud of his hard work, and grateful for his love and appreciation for his family.

And for friends and family who would so support him, and us, and come and play, just to save a baby.

That’s a lot of love, people, and it wrapped me up like a blanket made of hugs, as if for an evening everything was okay, and none of us have to be afraid, and everybody can be healthy and happy and well and alive and breathing.

I will never forget this night, with Christmas lights hung in the rafters, the howls of laughter, the bursting of songs, the consecration of a new kitchen and such time period research and love by the cooks, and hugs by so many who have prayed for this baby girl.

I am so grateful to so many who are angels to us, and so grateful to a Father who knows even her secret name.

I am so blessed by this husband of mine, and so glad he is the one I married. 

I do love him, and I know he loves me and the children.

And that does make me so very happy.

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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