We started our day with a ride across the Sea of Galilee. It was so relaxing and quiet and I really enjoyed reading about the Master calming the sea. From there we went to Capernum and saw the ruins there and then off to the Mount of Beatitudes. I think that the church that was built atop it is so beautiful!
The picture below is one of my favorites from the trip. This is an Israeli Burger King menu. The kosher law will not allow any dairy product and meat to be served together. That means no butter on your bread if you are also having meat for dinner, but it also means no cheeseburgers. So here is the menu. Which would you like? A hamburger?, hamburger?, double hamburger?, double hamburger?, or maybe you'd like just a hamburger?? :)
I really liked the road signs there. You can see the Hebrew, Arabic, and English.
Then we headed back to Jerusalem for our last night and day. It was Friday night so we went and watched the Jews bring the Sabbath to the Wailing Wall (their Sabbath is on Saturday). It was a cool experience, for sure.
We made our way over to the BYU Jerusalem Center where we attended church. (In Jerusalem, the church even has church on Saturday since everyone else does it then!) This is Jen and I standing in the main hallway. It's the same place that President Hinckley walks down in "Special Witnesses of Christ." The shirt I'm wearing is one that I bought at the Suez Canal for $9! I thought I would give it a try in the heat, but the main reason I wore it was because I was out of clean clothes by that time! Even though it is long-sleeved, it is very light fabric so it felt great to not have the sun beating directly on your skin. I guess those Egyptians know what they're doing! Also, I'm wearing my J.C.'s if you look closely!
Here is Golgotha-- the place of the skull.
And the Garden Tomb.
On the door (inside the tomb in this picture) is a wooden plaque that said, "He is not here; He is risen!" What a great knowledge that is to know that our Savior is risen! He lives today and we can know Him and have Him as our friend. I am so grateful that the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth and that I was privileged enough to be born to a family who is members of the church. All the blessings in my life have come because of it.
We then left for the airport and spent the next day getting home. Because of a delayed flight we missed our connecting flights and spent many hours trying to find other flights and hanging out in various airports as we were flown all over the country! Good times. :)
If you've survived; thanks for reading these! I've loved remembering what I did and saw and I love to share it with others.