The Church History Library will host the Men and Women of Faith lecture, “Julia and Emily Hill: Sisters in Zion,” featuring Debbie J. Christensen telling the story of the author of the hymn “As Sisters in Zion." This event is free and open to the public.
“As Sisters in Zion” was written by Emily Hill Woodmansee and is often sung by sisters in the Church. The experiences of Julie and Emily Hill—as they accepted the gospel 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. Born in Utah, she has lived outside the United States for ten years: three years in Uruguay as a child, and seven years in Mexico City 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 Primary, Young Women, Relief Society, and Gospel Doctrine classes.
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 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.
For more information, please call 801.240.2272.