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City of David

City of David

The City of David was a district just south of Jerusalem.  When the Romans destroyed Jerusalem in the 1st Century, they left no stone unturned, and the City of David was buried in Rubble.

It is important to note that the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. was bad.  The entire old city was razed, which fulfilled prophecy (Matt.24:1-8).  What we see today is not what existed at meridian of time.  In fact, some modern archaeologist question if the Dome of the Rock is actually on the Temple Mount!  They say it was more towards the City of David.  (Now, that is interesting because that would mean the temple could be built without disturbing any of the Islamic sites.  However, it would also mean the Western Wall was not part of Solomon’s Temple.)

We visited the excavation of the City of David today.  This modern excavation, in time, will answer many questions.

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View of Old Jerusalem in the Rain

The railing you see in the picture above are walkways.  To the center left, the slope down is the ancient City of David.  To the right of center is the Dome of the Rock.

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City of David

The visitors’ center at the City of David is quite nice.  John and Linda took time to take pictures of the carving on the wall.

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City of David Gift Shop

We were waiting for Matt and Becca in the gift shop.  It was cold and rainy outside.  The one young lady (the blond) was from San Antonio, Texas.  She explained dreidels usually say, “Something Important Happened There.”  The ones sold in the City of David say (in Hebrew), “Something Important Happened Here.”

The Tunnel

Hezekiah built a tunnel under the City of David. Today you can walk that tunnel.  Actually, there are two tunnels, one for the water, the other for access by people.  We walked the dry one.

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In Hezekiah’s Tunnel

The water from the tunnel empties in to the Pool of Shiloam (or Siloam).  This pool is where those going to the temple would stop and wash.  Today, it is an archeological discovery (discovered in 2004).  As a result of this discovery, we can now visit the very steps where Jesus healed the blind man.

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Matt and Becca at the Steps Where Jesus Healed the Blind Man

It is a special place to be in this tunnel (above).  Because of the destruction of Jerusalem, these steps would have been outdoors in Jesus’ time.  However, today they in this reinforced tunnel where they are still working on uncovering what the Roman’s covered in 70 A.D.

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Walking Where Jesus Walked

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Looking Down the Stairs

Earlier Today

I neglected to mention my breakfast.  Here’s an example of breakfast at the Abraham Hostel:  milk, salad, yogurt, bread, jam, hard boiled eggs and an orange.

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It’s okay for a few days, but if you’re staying long term it can get a bit boring.

On the way to the car, in a puddle of water, Linda found a glove she lost.  She was so excited to find it… as you can see (below).

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Linda Found Her Glove!

We stopped at Omar so I could purchase a carving of Jesus for Elder and Sister Riggs (you can see it on the 2nd shelf above Brent Top’s elbow.)  And, I ran in to Brent Top.  It’s funny because Omar and I were just talking about him the other day, and … here he is.

I asked him to point to his business card on Omar’s shelf.

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Brent L. Top at Omar’s

For lunch we stopped at a convenience store.  The weather got nasty and we picked up some stuff to eat at the hostel.

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Convenience Store Lunch

Dinner was at the hostel.  They put on a Shabbat Dinner every Friday night.  It’s a nice time and you always meet new people.  We sat by a couple.  He was German and she was Russian.

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Our Table at the Shabbat Dinner

John volunteered to do the blessing on the wine.

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Shabbat Dinner Blessing the Wine

Ah, dinner.  Not a lot of protien, but I survived.

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Shabbat Dinner

Tomorrow is church.  Shabbat has started.

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Singing is Mandatory

Merry Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas 2017!!!  We got up and prepared breakfast, and then opened our gifts.  About the time we were done, the missionaries arrived.  Thus, everything came together perfectly.

I made monte cristo sandwiches for breakfast.  Nobody else had them before, so it was a new treat for everyone (except me).

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Sisters Murdock and Abreu with Elizabethe

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Monte Cristo Sandwich

After breakfast we went in to the sitting room where we let the sisters empty their stockings.  It is always a treat to watch them go through the little things we stuff in them.

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Sisters Murdock and Abreu

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Sisters Murdock and Abreu and Elizabethe and Me


For dinner we headed to the Morse’s.  The invited the elders plus a couple of single men who live in our ward.  (Both of which are newly baptized members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.)

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Gary and Geri Morse and Elders Stokes and Smith

After dinner we gave the elders their stockings.  They emptied the contents and I grabbed a few photos.

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Elders Stokes and Smith Peek into Their Stockings


I gave to Elizabethe this year a list of things I will do for her.  For example, 4 30 minute training sessions on Corel Painter, and stuff like that.  I also gave her a vibrating saw with a couple of blades, some USB thumb drives for her books, and an assortment of cheeses and snacks.  She gave me a Kindle Fire 10″, with a case, an assortment of beef sticks and beef jerky.

Rouge One

Rouge One

Elizabethe and I went to see Rouge One today.  This is one of the Star Wars installments that takes place before Luke Skywalker when the Deathstar was a new creation.  It was good.  The best part was the re-programmed droid named K-2SO.  Talk about a funny character.

We went to the 11 a.m. showing in Pittsford.  I did some shopping at Trader Joe’s for the missionary breakfast Christmas morning.  We also stopped at Wegman’s to pick up the remaining items.  (While we live off our food storage from 12/1 to 2/28, we make an exception for the Christmas breakfast with the missionaries.)

Last night it snowed a little.  It was just enough to leave the driveway covered in white, but not enough to require shoveling.  Aside from that, it is COLD today.

Don’t Understand

I don’t understand my fellow church members who think excommunication for being an apostate sympathiser as being a form of censorship.  I read a blog the other day (which I will not post a link to*) that wanted people to solicit the church to publish excommunication proceedings.

First — the Church doesn’t work that way.  By “that way”, I mean through pressure of public opinion.

Second – Excommunications are not for public spectacle.  To do so would violate the sacred trust between clergy and members.  It would lead the embarrassment which would lead to a discouragement of confessing one’s sins.

Third – Sympathising with apostate groups is a matter of personal repentance.  Left unchecked, how long will it be before the sympathiser joins ranks with the apostates?

I remember a home teacher my mother had who was active, on the high council, and left the church.  Why?  Because of his sympathy towards a group who felt the church should be more cerebral in its teachings.  He and the group he associated with felt the church spent too much time talking about faith, repentance, baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost and not enough time intellectualizing the eternities, creation, and other mysteries.

It doesn’t really matter what apostate group it is, the bottom line is the same.  If it pulls you away from activity in the church, then you’re missing the point of the church.  The church is for the perfecting and unity of the saints.  Excommunication allows the individual time to repent without bringing further condemnation to him/herself.

*It’s my policy to not share links to articles that are grossly erroneous or written to deceive.  Yeah, call my policy censorship if you want, but I don’t sympathise with those who actively try to lead others astray — whether intentionally or ignorantly.

Valentines Day 2016

Valentines Day 2016

It is Valentines Day 2016.  Church has been canceled, and it sunny, but very cold (about 0F all day long).

We found out about church being canceled last night so we were able to sleep in a little… but not much.  After getting up I made a breakfast for Elizabethe and me.

Last week, when the missionaries were here, we had them pick out some food items for a “Chopped Challenge”.  After I found out that they would be able to come to dinner, and about an hour before they arrived, I started on my Chopped Challenge.

Dinner:  Canned chicken, oatmeal, pickled peppers and mozzarella cheese

Dessert:  Canned pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, strawberry rhubarb jam and caramel sauce.

So, the chicken and peppers when in to a chicken alfredo that was served on a bed of oatmeal risotto with mushrooms, caramelized onions and mozzarella cheese.  Dessert was pumpkin custard with strawberry/caramel whipped cream.

The oatmeal risotto is what really surprised me.  I had been thinking about what to do with a savory oatmeal dish, and here was my opportunity.

That was basically our Valentines Day 2016.


While we received some snow last night and had to have the driveway and sidewalks cleared, the sun came out and it was a sunny day all day.

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Snow on Valentines Day 2016




Christmas 2015

Christmas 2015

You know you’re getting old when you have to set an alarm clock for getting up on Christmas morning.  This Christmas 2015 I told everyone breakfast is at 9am.  So, I set an alarm so I could get up and be dressed and cleaned up in time for breakfast.

We invited the full-time and service missionaries for breakfast.  We had to do two shifts – one for the elders and one for the sisters.

To keep things simple, I had decided we would have Chinese Dim Sum for breakfast.  This is all prepared items at just needed re-heating, so preparations were simple.

The missionaries had never had dim sum before except for pot stickers.  One raved about the Hunan chili paste.  I think he ate half the bottle.  (I should have sent him home with the rest.)

After their breakfast, we presented them with stockings full of items missionaries can use: combs, toothbrushes, colored pencils (which seemed to be the most appreciated item), and little things like that.  This is a tradition Elizabethe and I started a few years back and one of my highlights of Christmas day.

After the missionaries left, we moved in to the living room to open our gifts.  The grandchildren had already been down (very early in the morning) and saw their gifts from Santa.  Now was the time for them to open their wrapped gifts.

I gave Elizabethe a small cordless drill/screw-driver that was not only small, but had a screw-holder.  She has been complaining about all of our drills being to big for her hand, so when I saw this a few months back, I thought, “Perfect!”

She gave me a nice solar-battery pack that I can clip to a backpack or camera bag so it can dangle in the sun.  The thing is well made and weather sealed.  No more worry about being without power when away from power.  This thing will definitely accompany me on any long adventures.

Everyone snacked all day and we opted to not have dinner as everyone was full on sweets and other snacks.  We will save the ham for tomorrow’s dinner.

Waffle Love

Waffle Love

Today’s breakfast was at Waffle Love.  It’s a small hole-in-the-wall place in Provo.  It’s a bit on the pricey side, but the waffles are sure good.

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Waffle Love, Provo, Utah

After that, we went to look at the Provo City Center Temple.  This is the former Provo Tabernacle turned temple.  It’s near completion from the looks of things, and is quite pretty.

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Provo City Center Temple

Our next stop was to find me a blazer.  They are hard to find here, and given so many men in Utah wear suits on Sunday, I figured we’d find one.  I struck out at Ross and Kohl’s, so we went to Mr. Mac’s.  Not only did I find one, it was on sale!  To top that off, it fit well right off the rack, so I bought it.

Tomorrow the plan is to go to Cove Fort, so we ended the day with a trip to the store to buy sandwich stuff .  We have to leave at 6am so we plan to just grab the food, put it in the ice chest and make our lunch at Cove Fort.

Their Second Day

Their Second Day

It is their second day of rehearsal and it is fun to watch things begin to come together.  Pageant will be ready comes Friday.  It is amazing how they do it.

Hill Cumorah Pageant is an annual miracle.  It is a miracle how they can take 800 people and put on a play like this in about a week.  It is a miracle how fast everyone learns their roles, wardrobe is fitted, props are assembled, and it all just comes together.


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Rehearsal of Storm Scene

I wandered around the hill today looking for interesting behind-the-scene images. People were sewing, repairing wigs, working on props, rehearsing dances, rehearsing on stage, setting up special effects and more. I met people from Texas, Idaho, Utah (of course), Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and even New York.

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This is Palmyra’s biggest event of the year.  It is a busy and exciting time of year.

After my short visit to the hill, I returned home for my weekly conference call.  We talked a lot about image quality and submitting images.  I think I’m going to suggest they might want to start making “zones”.  I bet if times were different for different conference we’d get more overall participation.

From there it was off to the temple.  Being Pageant time, it was busy.

After wards, someone mentioned where they were staying.  I asked how it was and they said they were least impressed with it.  (By the way, they were not staying in Palmyra, but nearby.)

I highly recommend if you plan to come to Pageant in the future make your reservations early so you can stay in Palmyra.  Of course my first recommendation is you stay at the Beckwith Mansion.  Second choice would be Liberty House or Canaltown B&B which are also in the Village, and finally the Palmyra Inn (which is near the temple, but is the furthest away from the restaurants.)

Also, know what you’re getting when you book a room.  Here’s my little guide…

Beckwith Mansion – A tourist home where you have access to the kitchen to fix your meals, the sitting room to watch satellite TV, and laundry (free, but bring your own detergent).    You also have free WiFi and a nice yard to enjoy.  Walking distance from downtown businesses.  Cost:  $80-120/night depending on the room.  ($60-90 off season)  Off street parking.

Liberty House and Canaltown B&B – both B&Bs.  The difference between them and us is they serve breakfast (we don’t), and we let you use our kitchen and laundry (they don’t).  Walking distance from downtown businesses.  Aprox. $90-??/night.  On street parking.

Palmyra Inn – a hotel with continental breakfast included.  Coin-op laundry.  Nearest restaurants are about 2 miles away.  $120-220/night (last I checked).  Off street parking.

Breakfast for Lunch

Breakfast for Lunch

Our bishop/home teacher (he’s both) invited us to breakfast at lunch time.  (Yes, you can do that sort of stuff when you’re retired… the bishop… not me.)  We had a an enjoyable bacon, eggs and pancake breakfast and then a home teaching lesson.

It’s funny, yesterday morning the place was covered with snow, and today, it is melting as fast as it was falling the day before.   As the temperatures warm, all of that thick wet snow is disappearing.

On our way to the bishop’s house, there were a couple of trucks out front.  I noticed an orange NYSEG truck.  When we came back, one of our maple trees was gone.  All that was left was a stump and sawdust.

You’d think they would contact us.

“Hey, we’re going to cut down one of your trees and haul it off,” is what I would expect to hear.


I’m not sure who to call.

“Hey, did you cut down my tree?” would be a question that I’m sure would result in a day of being transferred all over their phone system.

And, who said they can have all the wood?

Do I have to cut my trees down and split the wood before they get to it?

Is this a race to see who can cut down trees first?

I wonder if they have a lady there named Lucy.  I’d like to contact her and say, “Lucy, you got a lot of ‘splainin’ to do.”

Something tells me if I offer to let them keep the wood in exchange for a lower gas bill this winter the they are just going to laugh at me.

Flying Home Today

We had a leisurely morning as we got up, and got things packed. I have never eaten at a Waffle House, and with all the jokes about Waffle House I thought we’d give it a try.  I was impressed.  It was good, clean and the prices were low.

Waffle House

Waffle House

The funny thing is, there is a Waffle House at every exit here.  We pulled off to get gasoline and there was a Waffle House on both sides of the road.  I guess one for the people exiting from the west, and another for people exiting from the east. I got a t-bone, eggs, hash browns and toast for $9.95.  Elizabethe got a pecan waffle for $3.80.  Can’t beat those prices. The flight home took us through Charlotte, N.C.   Things went smoothly and we’re glad to be home finally.

Christmas 2012

We got up early to start preparations for our big breakfast with the missionaries. I had to calculate when to put what in the oven and when to start the waffles and pancakes.

The elders were a few minutes early, so Elizabethe asked them to shovel the walk so the sisters don’t have to tread through the snow. They eagerly ran off to do that.

The sisters arrived just around the time things were getting done. We all sat down and enjoyed a nice Christmas breakfast. Well, all but me… I made omelets for those who so desired. (Darn… I didn’t get photos of the food or table. Perhaps one of the missionaries did?)

From there, we moved in to the parlor. We had forgot to get a fire started, so it was a little cold, but the missionaries grabbed blankets and wrapped them around their shoulders while they emptied their stockings. I really got a kick out of a couple of the sisters who got very excited about the liquid hand soap. One commented, “These are all things a missionary can use!”

The Missionaries, Elizabethe and Me

The Missionaries, Elizabethe and Me

After that, we took a few pictures inside, and then the missionaries shared a spiritual thought with us about Christmas and the wisemen.

It was then outside for a few shots in the snow… oh, yes… it is a White Christmas here in Palmyra.  We got about 1″ on top of what we already had on the lawn.

Our Missionaries - Christmas 2012

Our Missionaries – Christmas 2012

Sisters Hatch & Madsen

Sisters Hatch & Madsen

Sisters Jones & Gillespie

Sisters Jones & Gillespie

Elders Richardson & Vasquez

Elders Richardson & Vasquez

After the missionaries left, and we got things cleaned up, Elizabethe and I watched some old Alfred Hitchcock shows while mounting 8x10s in 11×14 mounts and packaging them. When that got done, we took a short snooze and then watched High Plains Drifter.

It was a quiet Christmas, but a very nice one.