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BIO: Dr. Christensen earned her B.S. in Human Development, her M.S. in Professional Counseling, and her PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is currently doing post-doc work in Hebrew and Jewish Studies, as well as completing a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling. She works as an LDS chaplain, serving in local hospitals, where she also covers the psych shift at the ER on the weekends. As a counselor, she has been in private practice since 2004, with a focus on forensic trauma, Native American (diabetes), Deaf issues, and inner-city and rural childhood services. She has worked the crisis unit in a psychiatric hospital and has worked in long-term residential care with adolescent sex offenders. She currently works with LDS Family Services and an outpatient agency serving rural families in school and home-based services, and is a frequent guest lecturer in the community. She writes for Deseret News, and several book chapters and professional research articles for peer-reviewed professional journals are in process of publication. Recent writings can be found on the “Published Writings” tab above.
She was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 2009, and began her thirty-month mission with the international research team of FamilySearch Worldwide Support in the Family History Department (September 2010-March 2013). In January of 2013, she accepted the call to extend her mission two years (March 2013-March 2015), focusing on special projects for the Family History Department. She began serving as an LDS chaplain in 2014.
Emily Christensen has been journaling since she was in second grade, and been blogging for twelve years. She is Deaf, receiving bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, and maintains her love for sign language. She chooses books over television, and organics over processed. Her favorite things to cook come out of the garden she greets each morning, and she and her husband are both gluten-free. She thinks nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing, and challenges her progress by participating in competitions. She enjoys playing outside, running, kayaking, and cycling. She is in love with words, and writes every day no matter what. She has two ugly puppies that love to play. The best thing about Emily World is that it’s always an adventure, but her favorite adventures are visiting Temples as often as possible. For more of the story of Emily’s journey of words and faith development, CLICK HERE to read her testimony with Mormon Scholars Testify.
The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and Emily were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012. 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. His hip and cool day job includes writing copy for UncommonGoods.com.
Emily and her husband have been foster parents for two years, so far serving 41 children who have come and gone, and two who have stayed and stayed and stayed.
You can contact Emily at housewifeclass [at] gmail [dot] com.