S: Trip to the Holy Land 2012
BC: DEPARTED | ISRAEL | 6 JAN 2013
1: Israel | Tel Aviv | ARRIVED 28 December 2012 | It is every Christian's dream to visit the Holy Land. It was here that Jesus was born, performed miracles, and suffered the atonement for us. Our journey was truly a trip of a Lifetime!
2: Israel was truly a Trip of a Lifetime! I can't wait to go back to learn some more and enjoy the sights!
4: Good times, good memories that will last a lifetime!
5: Watching the 6:50 Sunrise at Kubbutz Ginosaur
6: Banana Plants protected by netting!
7: The main dishes and salads all had a weird curry like spice . . . | . . . so we ate a lot of fruit, bread, and Desserts!!
8: We stayed at a hotel in Tel Aviv the first night, a Kubbutz at Ginosaur for four nights, and the Hotel Leonardo in Jerusalem for five nights.
9: Accommodations We sent home post cards one day and it cost $2.00 postage for each one. Still haven't received them as of Jan. 24. | They all had the same type buffet each night, and none of the places had carpet in the rooms. We decided we were pretty spoiled in America.
10: Modern Church built atop House of Peter. | Menorah Monument across from Parliament given from Great Britain | Girls and Boys both serve in the military at age 18
11: Model of Jerusalem
12: The Temple Mount is traditionally the spot where "the Lord formed man of the dust of the ground" (Gen. 2:7) and where Abraham bound Isaac for sacrifice.
13: This is where our cute little married couple about got us kicked out of Temple Mount for "holding hands" | On left page, the Western (wailing) wall. Notice how 75% of the wall is reserved for men, while 75% of the people there are women (above). We put our own prayer notes into cracks in the wall. Below, we watch a Bar Mitzvah celebration pass by as we wait to go inside to the Temple Mount.
14: "When Jesus come into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples: "Who do men say that the Son of man is?" Matthew 16:13
15: Temple of Pan in Banias
16: Caesarea, constructed by Herod in 20 BC. was capital of Roman Providence of Judea for 600 years, and official residence of its governors including Pontius Pilate. Simon Peter preached here. In Acts 9:30 we read how Paul was "brought down to Caesarea and sent to Tarsus." Paul was imprisoned in Caesarea.
17: Below: Where they kept the lions
18: To recognize how the spirit can soften the hardest of hearts we look no further than the life of the Apostle Paul. The Lord likewise prepares an Alma, Ammon, Aaron, Himni, and others.
19: Saul, later to be known as Paul the disciple, was first mentioned at the execution of the disciple Stephen in 33 AD: "they laid down their clothes at a young mans feet whose name was Saul, who was consenting to his death. As Saul continued on his persecution tirade in route to Damascus, he heard the voice of Jesus Christ ... (Acts 9:4) "...Saul, Saul, why persecutist thou me?" Saul was without food, drink, or sight for three days. When the Lord asked a disciple Ananias to help him, he questioned the Lord telling of all the evil Saul had done, and the Lord replied (Acts (:15) "...for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and Kings, and the children of Israel." After Saul's conversion, the apostles sent him to Tarsus over 300 miles away for his safety. He preached there about 7 years and then requested to go to Rome for trial. He sailed to Rome, where he preached for 2 years under house arrest. Around 65 AD Paul was beheaded by Nero in Rome.
20: Archaeologists estimate that the buried remains of Caesarea cover 8,000 acres - making it the largest archaeological site in Israel. Herod ordered an aqueduct built to carry water into the city from springs at the foot of Mt. Carmel over 12 miles away.
22: Beit Shean in Hebrew means the "house of security," and since it is located on the banks of the Nahal Herod, it contains more than 20 layers of settlement. An important junction from roads fanning out north to Syria, east toJordan, south to Egypt, and west to the Mediterranean, it was at all times a supply center for the varied produce growing in the area. Beit Shean was destroyed by a major earthquake in A.D. 747. I Samuel 31:10 tells of Saul's death in battle with the Philistines who "fastened his body to the walls of Beth-Shean."
26: Jesus chose his first disciples from this city: Simon Peter, Andrew, James, John, and later Matthew.
27: Located on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum is where we have more events in the Savior's ministry taking place than in any other place except Jerusalem. It was here that He delivered His inspiring Bread of Life" sermon (John 6) and taught the people in parables.
28: Mt. Carmel: You can see across the whole valley. Diane and Bonny ride camel.
29: Missionaries for the LDS church began serving in Palestine in 1886. The Mission Office was at Haifa until 1935, when it was moved to Beirut, Lebanon. Three dedications of the Holy Land for the return of the Jews took place at Mount Carmel in Haifa - 1902, 1927, and 1935. In 1895 Elder John Alexander Clark died of Smallpox in Haifa while serving a mission and had to be buried the same day. Later, his father paid to have headstones placed on the graves of his son and another missionary, Elder Adolph Haag, who died from typhus fever on his mission there in 1892. In 1948 the new state of Israel, concerned over possible religious conflict, decreed that no new churches would be recognized in the country. Only those previously recognized would be given legal status. In 1977, the LDS church sought and received recognition, partially because of the evidence chiseled in stone over the graves of Elders Clark and Haag that the church had been represented in that area long before 1948. | prophet Elijah
30: North of Tiberias
31: Matthew 14:31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? John 20:29 "Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed; blessed are they that have not seen and yet have believed."
32: We read in Luke about the Mount of Precipitation or "Leaping Mountain"
33: We took off our shoes and waded in the water. This is where Jesus would send is apostles in a boat across the sea to keep them away from harm while he taught. Listened to story of how Jesus fed thousands with five loaves of bread and two fishes. | Sea of Galilee "After these things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias." John 6:1
35: Capernaum Located on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum is where Jesus moved from Nazareth and chose his first disciples - the fishermen Simon Peter, Andrew, James, and John. . . and later Matthew, the tax collector. He spent about 18 months of His three-year ministry. More events of the Savior's ministry is recorded as taking places in Capernaum than any other location except Jerusalem.
37: "the spirits of the devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty... And He gathered them together in a placed called in Hebrew tongue Armegeddon." Revelations 16:14-16
38: Over 20 superimposed cities | Above: elaborate water system
39: Zechariah 12: 9 and 11 "And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem." "In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon." | Manger, probably similar to one that baby Jesus lay on. | Earliest city dates back to 4000BC | Stable with over 2000 horses
40: Bethlehem in Hebrew means, "house of bread." Bethlehem, the burial place of Rachael, wife of Jacob, the setting for the story of Ruth and Naomi, and the birth place of King David. The Church of the Nativity, built over the 11' x 38' cave where it is believed Christ was born, is the oldest church in Christendom, constructed by Constantine in AD 330. The traditional December 25th date of Christ's birth was officially set by the Roman Church after AD 325.
44: Looking over Bethlehem from the Shepherd's Field.
45: Allen bought a bracelet from each of these boys outside the Olive Wood shop in Bethlehem. We had already bought a nativity set in Jerusalem, but since we found out that the stable was actually a cave instead of the traditional wood, we bought a cave like small nativity set. I also got a wooden Noah's Ark and Allen got The Ten Commandments and a wood goblet with the Last Supper on it. Bethlehem was interesting. We were lucky to get the bus in because we had a Muslim driver. They had guards at a barbed wire gate check and we were not allowed to take pictures there. Jews are not allowed into Bethlehem and it's difficult to get back in once you leave.
46: "And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night." | Luke 2:8
49: Doctrine and Covenants 19:16-19 "For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all that they might not suffer if they would repent; But if they would not repent they must suffer even as I; Which suffering caused myself even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and would that I might not drink the bitter cup and shrink, nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men."
50: Golgotha | Golgotha, interpreted to mean "the place of the skull." It was Golgotha because of the many executions that took place there and abounded in skulls. It also looked skull-like. Golgotha was Mount Calvary, which also interpreted means skull. It was here that the Savior of mankind was taken to be executed.
51: Garden Tomb President Spencer W. Kimball: "Only a God could bring about the miracle of resurrection. No human hands had been at work to remove the sealed door nor to resuscitate or restore. Unexplainable? Yes! Incontestable? Yes! More than 500 unimpeachable witnesses had contact with him. They walked with him, talked with him, felt the flesh of his body and saw the wounds in his side and feet and hands. On Calvary He was the dying Jesus. FRom the tomb He emerged the Living Christ. The empty tomb now became the testimony of his divinity, the assurance of eternal life, the answer to Job's unanswered question: "If a man die, shall he live again?" The Garden Tomb is by far the most significant of Jerusalem's ancient sepulchres, for Latter-day Saints as well as many other Christians. It is located over 250 meters north of Damascus Fate in a beautifully kept garden owned by the Garden Tomb Association of London. The association maintains the site for visitors of all denominations. The Garden Tomb is the most likely candidate for the sepulchre from which Jesus rose on the Sunday of the Resurrection, as recorded in the Four Gospels.
53: To produce olive oil, the mellowed and seasoned olives were placed in strong bags and flattened on a furrowed stone. They are crushed by a huge rock paced by a mule or ox. Paul speaks of it as "the oil of gladness" as it was a token of forgiveness.
55: Walking along the Old Jerusalem Walls: Measuring 2.5 miles in circumference, and ranging in height from 30-60 feet, it was an amazing walk. There are so many layers within the city that you never see.
57: Walking the Ramparts
58: The Dead Sea 700 ft. below sea level. 33% density. Therapeutic mud!?! Ugh!
60: Qumran: The Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 11 caves northwest of Qumran beginning in 1947. They were written over a 300 year period between 250 BC and AD 50.
61: Andrew and Bonny Dahlsrud, Salina | Our guides, Kaye Godfrey and Ashir | Martel and Ronda Menlove, Garland | Mike and Nancy James, Springville | Our Tour Family
62: Paula Harper, Orem, UT Christopher and Melanie Jones, South Jordan, UT | McKay and LaRee Florence, Jeff and Aurora Dickamore (New York City), Corbin, Adeline Loomis, CA | Cheryl Huntsman, Aurora Diane Bybee, Richfield
63: Robert and Lezli Finch Robert and Joshua Yakima, WA | Steve and Barbara Jorgensen, Rachel Moses Lake, WA | Vaughn and Karol Gourley, Las Vegas | Cecil and Elizabeth Clawson, Wales, UT
64: President Spencer W. Kimball said, "it is not important to know where the transfiguration took place, but to know that it took place, and that the Father has said to all of us, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
65: Mount Tabor is reputed to be the location of the Transfiguration of Christ. First, Jesus conversed with Moses and Elijah, who were translated beings. Second, Jesus was transfigured, confirming his divine nature and calling to his chosen three apostles, Peter, James, and John and no doubt strengthened the Savior as he approached the last few months before his atoning sacrifice. Third, the apostles were temporarily transfigured during this experience exclaiming, "We beheld his glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father." Fourth, in vision the apostles saw the earth in its future transfigured state, which will take place at the second coming of the Savior. Fifth, the apostles received certain priesthood keys which they utilized during their earthly ministry. Peter declared, "Lord it is good for us to be here." Sixth, Moses and Elijah also conferred similar keys to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery in the Kirtland Temple on April 3, 1836 (D&C 110:11-16) For many reasons, scholars believe that the location of this magnificent experience is more plausibly one of the peaks father north in the HermonRange. The Hebrew word "Hermon" can be translated as "the mountain set apart."
68: Mark | In Mark 14:14-15, we learn that Judas Iscariot should be the one who was to betray the Savior. Here the sacrament of the Lord's Supper was instituted. Here the Savior washed the feet of the disciples and asked them to continue to perform this ordinance. After Judas left the gathering, the Savior gave a new commandment to the remaining disciples in these words: "That ye love one another; as I have loved you" (John 13:34).
70: This was one of the most amazing spots on the trip! We could actually walk where Jesus walked! These are the steps he walked as he carried his cross to the Hill of Golgotha or Calvary. "And he went a little further and fell on his face and prayed, saying "O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless not as I will but as thou wilt." Matthew 26:39
73: Golan Heights: Syrian Bunkers Because the Golan Heights is militarily occupied by Israel, Syria insists the area be returned before any peace agreement can be attained. Under Syrian rule for 19 years, the Golan was used as a military platform for attacks against Israel. The security of Israel and the country's water sources were the concerns that led to the Six-Day War in 1967, resulting in the annexation of the Golan Heights y Israel and rule - although the claim is not internationally recognized.
74: The Church of St. Anne was built in 1140 on the remains of a Byzantine Church, to commemorate the traditional site of Mary's birthplace at the home of her parents Anne and Joachim. Today it's used as a Greek Seminary. | In the Chapel above Mary's Grotto we sang "I am a Child of God," "I Stand all Amazed," and "Silent Night."
75: Pool of Bethesda uncovered in 1871
76: Masada in Hebrew means fortress or stronghold. Archaeological remains indicate that this hill may have been used in early Old Testament times. We know that David was hiding in the area fromSaul (1 Samuel 23:39). This natural rock fortress rises 900 feet on three sides and 675 on the west.
77: Masada, the last fortress against the Romans, became the site of the last page in on of the saddest chapters in Jewish history. In late AD 72, Romans surrounded Masada in eight camps, hoping to capture or kill the 967 people on the fortress. It took seven months for them to build a ramp so a battering ram could be brought up against the western wall. Realizing no miracle could save them, Eleazar ben Yair, the Sicarii leader, urged suicide rather than surrender. Only two old women and five children lived to tell the Romans what had happened. This sad war and its final event fit the warning given by the Lord to the children of Israel in Deuteronomy 28: ". . if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord. . . the Lord shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth; A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young. . And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high and fenced walls come down. . " Yigael Yadin, excavated Masada in 1963 and called these people patriotic heroes. But most historians, including Israelis, now question that. In Judaism, taking one's life is morally unacceptable. Should these super fanatics who killed so many others and ultimately committed suicide be glorified for their courage or pitied for their misplace zeals? Writers ask what the real lessons are that can be learned from this tragedy.
79: King Herod at one time owned Masada as a refuge from two dangers: The Jewish people might depose him and put a king from the royal house which had reigned before him on the throne and even worse, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. | We ordered the movie online. Should be interesting!
80: Holocaust Museum
81: Yad Vashem is a Holocaust memorial and museum established in 1953 to help visitors confront the terrible reality of the murder of 6 million Jews. At the entrance to the 200 acre site is a wall sculpture by Naftali Bezem. Trees, symbolic of the renewal of life, are planted around the site (plaques record their names and country of residence during the war) to honor non-Jews who risked their lives to aid Jews in the Holocaust. Five memorial candles are reflected an infinite number of times in a darkened space to create a moving tribute to the 1.5 million Jewish children who perished as their names , ages, and country are read one by one (it take more than two weeks for the names to be repeated). | Yad Vashem, so named from Isaiah 56:5 "And to them I will give in my house and within my walls a memorial and a name (a yad vashem) that shall not be cut off."
82: BYU Jerusalem Center We went to Sacrament Meeting there. Fast and Testimony. | What a view looking over all Jerusalem each week at church!!
84: This has truly been amazing.! We are so grateful that we were able to go to the Holy Land. We were told it would be a life changing experience and we now understand why. Our testimonies have been strengthened by feeling our Savior's love and actually walking where he walked. We have a whole new appreciation for the Savior's life and His atonement for us.
85: This was our last night together. We reminisced and couldn't believe our trip was ending.