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Karei Deshe

Karei Deshe

We’re off to Karei Deshe today.  It is on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee.  The nearest city is Tiberias.

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Bye Jerusalem Traffic

In doing my studies on this area, Tiberias was a city Caesar Augustus (his step-father) named after him.  There is no indications that Jesus spent any time in Tiberias.  (I surmise this is because he was sent unto the Jews, and not the Romans.)

Not far the other direction is where Jesus fed the multitude, taught the beatitudes, and called his apostles.  The city of Capernaum is close by.  It is also where Peter lived.


On our way to our hostel, we stopped at Caesarea.  This mediterranean city was founded by Herod about 30 B.C.  and is named after Caesar Augustus.  This seaport city (its ruins) are spectacular.

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Becca and John by What is Left of an Ancient Statue

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The Amphitheater at Caesarea

We gathered at the bottom of the amphitheater for a group picture.  I got a kick out of the lady I asked to take the picture.  She complained that we were facing in to the sun.  I assured her I knew what I was doing, and so did my fellow travelers.

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Me, John, Linda, Becca and Matt – Caesarea

(By the way, you always want the sun to your subject’s back so they aren’t squinting and so you don’t have ugly shadows on their faces.)\


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Inscription at Caesarea

I found this inscription intriguing:

“Pontius Pilatus, the prefect of Judea, erected a building dedicated to the Emperor Tiberius.”

is what they believe it to have said in whole.

The Port

The ancient port was an engineering marvel for its time.  Concrete that cured underwater was one of the marvels.

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The Ancient Port Area

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The Beach

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Aqueduct and the Five of Us Posing

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And, check out these Segway tours!  That looks fun.

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Segway Tours

On to Armageddon

On our way to Her Megido (aka Armegeddon), we passed this sign…

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Route 66 in Israel

Who knew there was a Route 66 in Israel.  I can say I’ve driven BOTH.

Her Megido is an impressive site (and sight).  This mountain top city has been fought over many times and it is prophesied that the last battle will take place here.

From the Old Testament Student’s Manual I’ve copied the following.  My comments are in italics:

According to the prophets, some important events must take place before the battle actually begins:

  1. The house of Israel will be gathered from among the heathen (the Gentiles) and returned to their own land (see Ezekiel 36:2437:21).  in progress

  2. The land of Israel will be rebuilt and reinhabited by the covenant people (see Ezekiel 36:10–12, 33–36).  done

  3. The land will become highly productive and fruitful, even like the Garden of Eden (see Ezekiel 36:8, 29–30, 34–35).  done

  4. There will be one nation in the land of Israel again (see Ezekiel 37:22). in progress

  5. Jerusalem will be reestablished as the capital city of the Israelites (see Zechariah 1:16–172:1212:63 Nephi 20:46).  done

  6. Judah will become powerful in politics and warfare (see Isaiah 19:16–17Zechariah 10:3, 5–6). in progress

It is amazing to lookout from atop Megido.  The view is spectacular, thus, you can see why it is a military advantage point.

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Looking North from Megido

Mount Carmel

Our next stop is a new one for me.  Mt. Carmel is where Elijah and the Priest of Baal had their standoff.  Elijah challenged them to call fire from heaven. When they failed, he had them douse the alter with water before he called fire down.  The fire consumed the wood as well as the altar itself.

To my dismay we didn’t find much to see up there except for a nice view of the sunset.

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Sunset on Mount Carmel

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John and Linda at Sunset

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Me On Mount Carmel

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Matt Shooting the Sunset

Dinner and Our Hostel

We stopped for dinner on our way to Karei Deshe.  It is a little steakhouse just west of Karei Deshe and the English translation of its name is Angus.

I ordered lamb chops.  It is the first time I’ve had lamb (that wasn’t ground) in Israel.  I know that seems strange, but it is expensive here.

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Lamb Chops

We checked in to our rooms at the Hi Kerei Deshe Hostel.  It’s a nice place.  Furthermore, my room can sleep four!  That’s a bit of an overkill, of course.

Leaving Tomorrow

Leaving Tomorrow

It is hard to believe we are leaving tomorrow.  This week has been both long and short.  Long because we’ve seen so much, and short because time simply flies.  We are leaving tomorrow night to head home.

I took an early morning sunrise walk along the shores of Galilee today.  It is a humbling experience to walk the shores where Jesus walked.  I’m a bit sad that I’m leaving tomorrow, but I do miss my wife.

The song I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked ran through my head.  I remember Verna Meyers used to sing that often back when we were in the Lake Natoma Ward.  “I walked today where Jesus walked and felt his presence near.”

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He Lives!

I love the breakfast here at the Keredeshia Hostel.  Pickled salmon or herring. yogurt, eggs, fresh fruit and veggies and a variety of breads and fruit preserves.  Best breakfast buffet around.

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Our first stop today was where Jesus taught the Beatitudes.  On the terraced hills above the Sea of Galilee 5000 people gathered and were fed with 5 loaves and two fishes.

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At the Church of the Beatitudes

We next headed across to the west to Nazareth.  It was there that Jesus grew up.  It was there he declared in the synagogue that he was the Messiah.  It was also there where they were going to take him, throw him off a cliff and stone him, but he escaped from their midsts.

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Mt. Precipus

It was also in Nazareth that Gabriel (Noah) appeared to Mary to announce her role in our Heavenly Father’s grand plan.

We then cut across country, through narrow windy roads, and up to the top of Mt. Tabor.  Known also as the Mount of Transfiguration, it was here that  Moses and Elijah appeared.  Important keys were bestowed.

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We hit Tiberius right around dinner time and we headed to the local shwarma shop for our daily dose of shwarma.

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It’s Chanukah and there are huge minoras everywhere.  This was was at a big intersection and the rabbi had just lit it.

Silly People

Silly People

Silly people.  I need to learn how to laugh when silly people say stupid things.  No, they aren’t stupid to them, but to people who know the truth they are.

Let’s take, for example ,a meme floating around on Facebook.  It displays the following…


As a mathematician, I look at that and say, “No, none of that is right.  It is a misuse of the equal sign.”

And, perhaps this illustrates the problems our schools are having.  If grown ups are circulating stuff like this, no wonder children are confused.

In mathematics an equal sign means that both sides are the SAME when reduced to their simplest state.  That’s not the case here.  There are no qualifiers on the 2 or the 6 to imply equality.

The more correct display would have been f(2)=6.  Which means there is a function, when 2 is applied to it where the answer is 6.    So, rather than 9=? it should have asked, “f(9)=?”

The function itself should have been written in the form of f(x)=y.  And, given the various x and 7 values, what is that function.

The function is this…


Plugging in 9 for x, you get f(9)=9*(9+1)=9*10=90

(A little known fact about me… I college I got straight A’s in math classes and took nearly every class offered in the subject.  I would have majored in it, and was only about 8 units away when I graduated of getting a 2nd bachelor’s in mathematics.  I did earn an associates in math.  I even too Calculus for Biology Majors as an elective I was so in to it.  But, in the end I did not see where a B.S. in Mathematics would have helped me get a job.)

More Silly People

There are more silly people out there.  The above I just chalk up to their not being as math savvy as me.  The ones that really gripe me are the ones who don’t know, but think that they know, and then abuse others in the process.  That’s just wrong.

I know I’ve been guilty of that at times and have had to repent, but I think there are some who make that their avocation in life.  We used to call them “trolls” in the early days of chat rooms on the Internet.  They were the ones that would start their post like…

“Brent, you’re wrong and I’m going to prove how stupid you are…”

Eventually, they would get banned from the chat room.  Before their banning, people would stop reading their posts.  Some would pick fights with them, while most would ignore them.  They would move on to somewhere else, changing their screen name to hide their shame.

Life Experience

Life experience teaches us.  Nobody can argue against life experience, yet silly people try.

There are societies where the older you get, the more respect you get because society recognizes your life experiences.  During my life, as a whole, our society in the U.S.A. has not been that type of society.  It has only got worse with each rising generation.

Now, that last comment wasn’t meant to include everyone.  There are many good people who are taught to respect their elders.  However, I believe those who are not taught this outweigh those who are.

I also believe those who survive young adulthood become less and less silly as they grow older.  Life experiences teach them.

No, I’m not talking about mathematics here.  I’m talking about the unseen sciences and the keys held by our creator.  The formulas were given in the Beatitudes.  I think the Beatitudes contain the formulas to help us deal with silly people, as well as avoiding becoming one of them.

So, as this day closes, my goal is to try to be more like Jesus and work on applying those 8 simple equations given in the Beatitudes.

Making it Up

Making it Up

We’re making it up for dinner tonight.  Rice, shredded pork, carrots, peas, cabbage, mock pineapple, onions, peppers, and a whole bunch of different sauces all for the missionaries to create their own Chinese dish.

It actually turned out quite well.  I think we’ll do this more often.

I made brownies for dessert since Elizabethe isn’t wild about cake.  You can never go wrong with brownies in this house.

Today was fast Sunday.  The Sunday School lesson, taught by my friend Matt, was a great lesson comparing the Beatitudes from Matthew 5, 3 Nephi 22 and the Inspired Version of the Bible.  Matt had some great visual aids comparing the Lord’s promises in the Beatitudes and Satan’s counterfeits.

Then, in Priesthood Meeting, John Harmer gave a great lesson on the 10 Virgins.  He explained the role of the bride, the bridegroom, the parents, and so forth.  He talked about the importance of light and why the lamps (filled with oil) were so important.  It was a great lesson and explained very well.

So, I came away from church today filled.  Even thought it was a day of fasting, I was spiritually fed and filled.  It’s like the old saying, “Seven days without God makes one weak.”

Israel Day 8 – The Sabbath Day

Today is the Sabbath Day here in Jerusalem.  Or Sabot (shaw-bot) as they call it.  It is very quiet and the streets are quite empty.  Last night, devout Jews made their way to synagogue.  Their Sabbath will continue until sunset tonight.

When in Rome, do as the Romans do.  Likewise, Latter-day Saints here in Israel honor the Sabbath day by going to church on Saturday.  We did likewise and headed to the BYU Jerusalem Center for Sacrament Meeting.

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BYU Jerusalem Center (left) and Old Jerusalem (right)

The building where we attended Sacrament Meeting has these large arches that frame old Jerusalem.  The arch style fits the architecture of the city and the building definitely enhances the Mount of Olives.

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Building Side that Faces Old Jerusalem

We headed in to Sacrament Meeting and there were greeted by several BYU students who are studying there.  It was not a large congregation and is a branch (not a ward).  Today is Fast Sunday, so we got to hear many testimonies.

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Heading in for Sacrament Meeting

For my LDS friends and family… Imagine singing Redeemer of Israel as the opening hymn while over looking the walls of old Jerusalem.  Imagine partaking of the sacrament on the same mount where Christ paid the ultimate price for our sins in Gethsemane.  (Yes, I could look out the windows to my left and see the area near Gethsemane.)

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Looking Towards Gethsemane from the BYU Center

It was a moving and touching experience.

With our luggage in tow, we headed to Capernaum and the Sea of Galilee.

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Capernaum is an important location in the life of Jesus.  It was also the home of Peter.  It was here where Jesus was questioned regarding paying tribute to Cesar.  It was here where Jesus performed many miracles.  It was here that Jesus called Peter, Andrew, John and James.  It was here he cast out the unclean spirits from a man.  But, it was also here that he cursed, as he said,

23 And thou, Capernaum, which art aexalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to bhell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.  24 But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of aSodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.

A fair warning as also given in the Book of Mormon:

14 But, behold, my beloved brethren, thus came the voice of the Son unto me, saying: After ye have repented of your sins, and witnessed unto the Father that ye are willing to keep my commandments, by the baptism of water, and have received the baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost, and can speak with a new tongue, yea, even with the tongue of angels, and after this should deny me, it would have been better for you that ye had not known me.

Nonetheless, Capernaum was an exciting place to visit.  They have unearthed Peter’s home and, of course, built a church over it with a glass floor where you can look below and see the home.

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Peter and the Keys of the Priesthood

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Synagogue at Capernaum

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The Sea of Galilee

Each cooing dove and sighing bough,
That makes the eve so blessed to me,
Has something far diviner now,
It bears me back to Galilee.

O Galilee, sweet Galilee,
Where Jesus loved so much to be,
O Galilee, blue Galilee,
Come sing thy song again to me.

Each flowery glen and mossy dell,
Where happy birds in song agree,
Through sunny morn the praises tell
Of sights and sounds in Galilee.

O Galilee, sweet Galilee,
Where Jesus loved so much to be,
O Galilee, blue Galilee,
Come sing thy song again to me.

And when I read the thrilling lore
Of Him Who walked upon the sea,
I long, oh, how I long once more
To follow Him in Galilee.

O Galilee, sweet Galilee,
Where Jesus loved so much to be,
O Galilee, blue Galilee,
Come sing thy song again to me.

— Each Cooing Dove (Memories of Galilee) by H. R. Palmer

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Fishermen on the Sea of Galilee

When I walked down to the water, I saw these fishermen.  Being the joker that I am, I wanted to yell out, “Try the other side,” but I didn’t.  It was nice seeing how close they were to the shore.  When you read the scriptures how Jesus yelled out to those in the boat, it is hard to imagine being able to yell loud enough for someone to hear you unless you were close to the shore.  Sure enough, these guys were catching fish close to the shore, and with a boat that small, I wouldn’t venture too far away from the shore.

Yes, the sea (lake… it isn’t that big) was calm.  However, a few hours later, the winds came up and this calm sea turned in to a raging white-capped terror.

Our next stop was the area where the Sermon on the Mount was preached.  These terraced hills were home to one of the most impactful sermons of all time, where Christ taught the beatitudes.

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Sermon on the Mount Area

A church built on the shore is dedicated to the beatitudes.  Beautiful gardens surround this church, and many had come to worship and reflect.  There is a special spirit here.

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Sermon on the Mount Church

Matt pointed out that the beatitudes were given in three parts.  (I looked it up, and it covers three chapters in Matthew.)  Each chapter covers a higher level of teaching and enlightenment.

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Sermon on the Mount Area

It has been a long day, and the sun is about to go down and we began searching for an open restaurant where we could break our fast.  We finally found a “sushi” place that also sold other foods.  I went for the lamb kebabs.  Came dessert time, the sound of this decadent dessert sounded too good to pass up.  Matt and I ended up splitting one.

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Dessert – Waffle with Dolce de Leche, Whipped Cream, Ice Cream and Pecans

We then headed to our hostel where we’ll spend tonight and tomorrow night.  This is a nice, clean place right on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.  Doesn’t get any better than this when it comes to accommodations on the thrifty side.

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Our Hostel