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S: Chris & Amy Morgan Our Third Year August 2011 - 2012

BC: Curmudgeon

FC: Amy & Chris Morgan Our Third Year August 2011 - 2012

1: What a truly spectacular year we have planned...

2: Second Year Anniversary Trip | Colorado Springs, Colorado

3: United States Olympic Training Ground

4: A trip to one of our favorite zoos was definitely on the list for our anniversary weekend.

5: Feeding the giraffes is such a joy! This year they switched from crackers to romaine lettuce! | Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

6: Amy's 26th Birthday | September 9th, 2011

7: Chris celebrating his 5th Year Anniversary with Leprino Foods

8: Beautiful Colorado Autumn

10: Monday, September 26, 2011 Chris chose this date to sign his registration card and declare his belief in the Blessed Beauty and become a member of the Baha'i Faith

11: Loretta gave us a wonderful and truly unique gift! We had the rare opportunity to snorkel in a large fish tank at the Downtown Denver Aquarium with sea turtles, eels, sharks and much, much more! | October 9th, 2011

12: 2011 Colorado National Speedway Race Banquet

13: During the Fall, we took pottery at the recreation center studio. Chris turned out to be a natural on the potter's wheel and made many beautiful bowls for Amy.

14: London

15: A thirteen hour layover on our way to Israel afforded us quality time with my brother, Chris Rogers, jaunting around ol' London riding atop a double-decker bus!

16: Tower Bridge

17: Big Ben

18: Keeping an eye on Camden Town One of Chris Rogers' haunts in England had us experiencing quirky gift shops and shopping for all kinds of people, a former horse market and incredible falafel and nitrogen ice-cream!

21: Tel Aviv, Israel

23: Jaffa, Israel

24: The Holy City of Jerusalem

27: Jerusalem One of the oldest cities in the world and a holy city to three major Abrahamic religions- Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

28: Western Wailing Wall

29: One of the holiest spots in the world for Judaism | Tomb of King David | Vad Hashem

30: Villa de la Rosa Everyday thousands of Christians make their way through what they consider to be the passage by which Christ was led to the cross. Along the way, "the Stations of the Cross" are marked out as a symbol of inner and more profound spiritual truths.

31: Church of the Holy Sepulcher Where Christians currently believe Christ was crucified, prepared for burial and physically resurrected

32: Pilgrimage at the Bahá’í World Center | Haifa, Israel

33: World Center Programme 7 - 15 November 2011 Monday Registration First visit to the Shrine of the Báb Tuesday First visit to the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh Reception by the Universal House of Justice International Teaching Centre Presentation Wednesday Dawn Prayers at the Shrine of the Báb Visit to the Prison Cell and the House of Abbud in 'Akka Meeting with the International Teaching Centre Thursday Visit to the International Archives Visit to the Mansion of Mazra'ih & the Mansion of Bahji Prayers in the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh Friday Visit to the Temple Land, Upper and Lower Caves of Elijah & Bahá’í Cemetery Presentation by a Universal House of Justice Member Saturday - Holy Day Celebration: the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh Dawn Prayers at the Shrine of the Báb Visit to the Junayn Garden Mansion of Bahji, the Bahji Pilgrim House and the room of the Master Sunday Visit to the Garden of Ridván & the House of 'Abdu'llah Pasha Presentation at the International Teaching Centre Monday Visit to Ruhiyyih Kanum's Memorial Visit to the Buildings on the Arc Visit to 4 Haparsim & presentation at the International Teaching Centre Tuesday Meeting with the Office of Social and Economic Development Pilgrim Farewell at the Haifa Pilgrim House

34: Mount Carmel

36: The Shrine of the Báb

37: Haifa Pilgrim House

38: The Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh & The Mansion of Bahji

39: The holiest spot on earth for the Bahá’ís of the world, the Qiblih or Point of Adoration. The Mansion of Bahji standing beautiful and proud as the final residence of the Blessed Beauty. The Shrine itself where Bahá’u’lláh, the Promised One of all ages was laid to rest. "The Revelation which, from time immemorial, hath been acclaimed as the Purpose and Promise of all the Prophets of God, and the most cherished Desire of His Messengers, hath now, by virtue of the pervasive Will of the Almighty and at His irresistible bidding, been revealed unto men. The advent of such a Revelation hath been heralded in all the sacred Scriptures. Behold how, notwithstanding such an announcement, mankind hath strayed from its path and shut out itself from its glory." -Bahá’u’lláh

40: Arrival in 'Akka "The arrival of Baha'u'llah in 'Akka marks the opening of the last phase of His forty-year long ministry, the final stage, and indeed the climax, of the banishment in which the whole of that ministry was spent." -Shoghí Effendí Rabbání | The Sea Gate

41: The land gate by which the friends from Persia came to see their Beloved and through which Baha'u'llah left once his restrictions were loosened. | Our pilgrim guide explaining the importance of this route for the early friends. | The road the early believers traversed to see the Prisoner and Exile. | The White Market where`Abdu'l-Bahá and the other exiles bartered for food for the Holy Family and the exiles

42: The prison door through which the Holy Family first entered the prison in the penal colony of 'Akka | The prison of the Blessed Beauty

43: House of 'Abbud and 'Udi Khammar

44: Visit to the International Archives I was simply spellbound by the contents of this incredible edifice designed by the Guardian himself. Precious relics important to the history of the Faith are held here including the sword of Mulla Husayn, Quddus' ring, the robes, portraits and locks of hair of the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh . | I will forever remember the light shining through the stained glass into the interior of that memorable place...

45: The Mansion of Mazra‘ih The residence which Bahá’u’lláh moved to after his strict confinement in the walls of 'Akka. He was finally free to experience the countryside after being in prison for so long. | Our pilgrim group

46: The Temple Land The future site of the Baha'i House of Worship for Israel

47: The grotto in which the biblical prophet Elijah sought shelter on his journey in the wilderness. Baha'u'llah visited both caves and blessed them with His presence. | A church was built around the upper cave | Upper and Lower Caves of Elijah

48: Baha'i Cemetery

49: Junayn Garden A summer retreat for the Blessed Beauty. Ours was the second pilgrim group ever to visit this historic place since the time of Baha'u'llah

52: The Garden of Ridvan

53: Paradise

54: House of 'Abdu'llah- Pasha | The first Western Pilgrims... | Shoghi Effendi

55: Monument Gardens | Navvab and the Purest Branch | Munirih Khánum | The Greatest Holy Leaf

56: The Buildings on the Arc "Verily this is the Day in which both land and sea rejoice at this announcement, the Day for which have been laid up those things which God, through a bounty beyond the ken of mortal mind or heart, hath destined for revelation. Ere long will God sail His Ark upon thee, and will manifest the people of Bahá who have been mentioned in the Book of Names." -Tablet of Carmel

57: International Teaching Centre

58: The Seat of the Universal House of Justice

59: Center for the Study of the Texts

60: An incredible underground visitor's center for those who wish to learn more about the Baha'i Faith while they are in Israel. Many replicas of the sacred objects are housed within display cases and one can truly see how this wonderful Faith has touched all corners of the globe.

61: #4 Haparsim Street

62: of a lifetime! | An experience...

63: Shoulder rides with Tyler | Pilgrim Reception Centre Kitty

64: Silverthorne

65: Ice Castles

67: Happy 27th Birthday Christopher Robert Morgan

68: Gourmet Popcorn Movie Night Fundraiser The Westminster Baha'i community is always "poppin" up new ideas for fundraising for the National Baha'i Fund.

70: Chicago, Illinois

72: A trip to Chicago would be incomplete without... | A deep-Dish pizza by Lou | Buttercrust pizza

73: Shedd Aquarium on the first day of our Chicago trip, mom and I had lunch at the Famous Lou Malnati's and had an opportunity to explore the Shedd Aquarium. Great first day together!

74: The Mother Temple of the West

75: Visiting the Mashriqu'l-Adhkr is truly a beautiful and inspirational opportunity. | Uniting the religions of the world under one universal cause and one common faith.

77: The Westminster Spiritual Assembly were invited to attend a special visit of the National Offices in Evanston, Illinois | All nine members were able to come to learn and grow together. What a profound experience praying together as an institution in the Baha'i House of Worship

78: Like lace against the sky...

79: National Spiritual Assembly Members: Valerie Dana, Juana C. Conrad, Jacqueline Left Hand Bull, Fariba Aghdasi, Erica Toussaint-Brock, David F. Young, Robert C. Henderson, Kenneth E. Bowers, and Muin Afnani. Westminster Spiritual Assembly Members: Kevin Smith, Juli Redson-Smith, Navead Jensen, Rachel Jensen, Richard Chamberlain, Cheryl Chamberlain, Starrlet Rogers, Amy Morgan, Brian Green

80: Loretta and Amy at an Avalanche game | Jeremy's first flight for his birthday

81: Having a happy new year with the friends | A traditional Haft-Sin table was set for the party | Happy Naw Ruz!

84: Mom's 60th Birthday Surprise! | Mom and Amy spent the day together making breakfast, going for a bike ride and feeding the ducks, spa treatments, lunch, study and a movie together. When mom got back from her long day of fun she came home to a surprise party in her honor! | All of mom's friends got together to surprise her on her special day! Love you mom!

85: Such a fun day with the friends!

87: Looking forward to another year together!

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