Men and Women of Faith lecture tells the story of the author of the hymn “As Sisters in Zion”

The Church History Library will host the Men and Women of Faith lecture, “Julia and Emily Hill: Sisters in Zion” featuring Debbie J. Christensen, on Thursday, 9 May 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in the Assembly Hall.  This event is free and open to the public.

“As Sisters in Zion” was written by Emily Hill Woodmansee and is now an inspiring hymn that is often sung by women members of the Church.  The experiences of Emily Hill and her sister Julie as they joined the Church and traveled to the Salt Lake Valley in the Willie handcart company exemplify the potential each of us has to triumph over adversity.

Debbie J. Christensen is an avid reader, artist and family historian.  Though born in Utah, she lived in Uruguay as a child for three years, and in Mexico City for seven years with her children and husband, Elder Craig C. Christensen, while he presided over the Mexico City East Mission (1995-1998) and served as Mexico Area President (2004-2008).  In 2012, Christensen wrote her first book, As Sisters in Zion: The Story Behind the Song.  She has served as a teacher in the Primary, Young Women, Relief Society and Gospel Doctrine classes of the Church.

This event is part of the 2013 Men and Women of Faith lecture series sponsored by the Church History Library.  Lectures are held the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square, 50 North West Temple.  Validated parking is available at the Conference Center.  As you enter the Conference Center parking, inform the attendant that you are going to a lecture and ask for a token to use when you exit. 

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