About Emily


Please email Emily at housewifeclass [at] gmail [dot] com.

DISCLOSURE: I receive no regular or measurable compensation for my blog, other than any sponsored posts (which are listed as such). Any connections to affiliate programs are my own and unpaid, unless disclosed in the specific post. Any published pieces are noted as such, and given a link where I was published or my writing picked up for syndication. Recent writings can be found on the “Published Writings” tab above.

BIO: Dr. Christensen earned her B.S. in Human Development, her M.S. in Professional Counseling, an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling, and her PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is currently doing post-doc work in Hebrew and Jewish Studies.  She works as counselor and an LDS chaplain, serving in local hospitals, as well as traveling for speaking engagements related to the release of her book, Keeping Kyrie.  As a counselor, she has been in private practice since 2004, with additional experience in ER triage, inpatient psychiatric, residential treatment, school-based, and outpatient settings.  She is an international speaker and frequent guest lecturer in the community. She has written fourteen books, several book chapters in collaboration, and regularly for Deseret News.  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.  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 has also just completed a new holiday musical entitled, The Winter Visitors.  He has recently collaborated on two operas and two more musicals, set to be released next year.  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, while his current scriptwriting projects include a musical about Bigfoot, a play about the Nutcracker novel, and a musical that is a mexican wrestling version of Macbeth.

Emily and her husband served as foster parents for four years, fostering more than eighty children who have come and gone, a few who have gone and come back, and the six who stayed and stayed and stayed, until being adopted and sealed to Emily and Nathan in 2016.

You may contact Emily at housewifeclass [at] gmail [dot] com.


About Emily — 6 Comments

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  2. Emily, I just saw the picture of Cindy Jenkins in your geneology. I grew up with Cindy in Springfield, Missouri. We moved away just before junior high school and I lost touch with her. I knew the minute I saw her picture that was her. I remember when her father was killed in a bridge accident and we called her sister Lenny (Melinda). After her mother became ill I didn’t know what happened to her. If you have any information as to where I could reach her, I would very much appreciate it. We went to First Baptist Church in Springfield together. Thank you

  3. HI Emily,

    I am deaf serving full time missionary at SLC Family History Library since Jan 2010 and I will go home in July 1st this year. My home is Bella Vista, Arkansas, going to Centerton Ward. I have been a member since 1963. I hope I will meet you someday after I get home. There is seven deaf full time missionaries at FHL and 20 deaf CSM at FHL. I love my mission so much and I have been so busy helping the deaf patrons there. It is interesting story of your conversion and your testimony.

    Love, Sister Barnes

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