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Church Here

Church Here

Church here in Jerusalem is always a delight.  It’s funny… I’m starting to see people I know when I go to church here!  Let’s see… Jeremy (formerly of Antioch), John Howell (from Rochester), Brent Top, Gerald Lund, Jr., Dan Rona… they are who I saw today.

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John and Linda Outside the BYU Jerusalem Center

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The Halls at the BYU Jerusalem Center

After church we ventured outside.  The rain has stopped and the clouds are dramatic.

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The View from the Mount of Olives (BYU)

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The Entire Group at BYU Jerusalem Center

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At the BYU Jerusalem Center

Caiaphas’ House

We are now going to Caiaphas’ house.  This is a church built over Caiaphas’ house.  Jesus was brought to Caiaphas, the chief priest, and there he was held in the basement, whipped and scourged.  As a result, this is a sobering location.

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Looking South from Jerusalem (at Caiaphas’ House)

Under this church are a series of stone rooms where they kept the sacrificial animals.  Little did they know the man they tied was the Lamb of God.  (Here’s a good video of what happened here:  https://youtu.be/4A6usoBnqNs )

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Where He Was Held

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Mural Depicting Jesus Being Mocked

Outside Peter denied Christ three times.  Jesus had warned Peter this would happen, however, Peter did not want to accept he could do such a thing.  When the cock crowed, it was then he recognized what he had just done.  As a result, “And he went out, and wept bitterly.”

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Peter Denying Christ

What happened here wasn’t good, but it is still sacred.  Prophecies were fulfilled.

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Mural at Caiaphas’ House

While one does not need to visit Jerusalem to get closer to God.  However, visiting Jerusalem and seeing these sites will change your life.

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The Church at Caiaphas’ House

Ending Shabbat

We learned that Shabbat ends after the first star can be seen in the sky.  Because it was about to end, we made our way towards the old City to see if we could find a place to eat once the Sabbath ends.

Pictures will tell the story of our walk…

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Linda Looking Around in the Market

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Fruit is Plentiful in Jerusalem

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Matt Finds the Key

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Spices

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Fruit and Smoothies

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I Love Jerusalem

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Lightshow on the Walls

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A Men’s Clothing Shop

Jerusalem Post Office II

Jerusalem Post Office II

… continued… Jerusalem Post Office II

Omar’s Place

Our next stop is Omar’s Souvenirs.  Omar’s place is in the area behind the bus station near the Garden Tomb.  Omar is the world’s best woodcarver.  On our way to his shop we cut through the bus station and market place.

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Bagels

We stopped for bagels.  Bagels in Israel are long.  They are almost a loaf of bread.

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A Jordanian Man Walking Through Bus Station

You see a few people wearing kefias (headdress like the one in the picture above).  Red and white usually means Jordanian.

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People Shopping in the Marketplace

 

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Arab Fried Chicken or AFC for Short

As we got close to Omar’s office, Omar came out of the barbershop and yelled, “Are you coming to see me?”

He came over and gave me a big hug and asked how I have been doing.  We came in to his shop and one of the first things John found was this…

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Jesus Rescuing Peter

Everyone got something at Omar’s, and then Omar treated us to juice and lunch.

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Harmers with Omar

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Omar’s Brother and the Harmers

Off we went to our next destination – through the Damascus Gate.

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Kid Singing and Carrying a Load

Another Stop

We made another stop at the Garden Tomb.  It was raining and nobody was there.  That allowed me to snap a couple of photos with the place empty.

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The Garden Tomb

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At the Damascus Gate

Pool of Bethesda

We stopped to see the place where Jesus was condemned to death.  From there, it is only a short walk to the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus healed a man.

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Church at the Seven Stations of the Cross

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See Inscription on Plaque in Photo

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Pool of Bethesda

Soon we found ourselves in tight alleyways and before long, on the school grounds.  A man showed us around pointing out various sights around the old city.  He then walked us out of that quarter of the old city.

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BYU and the Mount of Olives from the Wall Ramparts

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Razor Wire Guarding Tangerine Tree

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Harmers, the Friendly Man, and the Bakers

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Me and the Friendly Man

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About the Wall

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Entrance to the Ramparts

We ended the day in the Yahuda area. I went for 1/2 a shawarma and a Coke. I’m glad I didn’t order the WHOLE shawarma.

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Shawarma and a Coke

Evan McMullin

Evan McMullin

My interest shifted away from Chris Keniston to Evan McMullin for President.  Even is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, worked for the C.I.A. and a BYU graduate.  He is running as an independent.

Evan is Johnny-come-lately, but his popularity is rapidly gaining.

What I Like

What I like is he is a true conservative (in the political sense).  Trump, Clinton and Johnson are as liberal as they come politically.  Johnson and Trump have a few fiscally conservative ideas, however I can’t trust them.  Clinton is liberal both fiscally and politically.

Trump carries baggage  from the past.  It makes you wonder if those past behaviors are because of character flaws.  Johnson is morally bankrupt – drug use and living-in-sin (as we used to say).  Clinton is off the deep-end when it comes to scandals.  I’ve never in my life seen a candidate so scandal ridden.

Right now, McMullin seems to be the only candidate beyond reproach.

Temple

Tonight’s temple shift was enjoyable.  Some of the missionaries have already left, and others are about to leave.  Going to the temple is a refreshing break from the political scandals and bad stuff going on in the world.

That’s another thing…

I like a candidate whom I know goes to the temple.  While people can lie to their bishop and stake president to get a recommend, most do not.  Most are good, honorable, honest people.  I know Romney is such a man, but he isn’t running, and I believe McMullin to be such a man.

 

Refugee Health Fair

Refugee Health Fair

A group of students and staff from BYU’s Nursing Department put on a Refugee Health Fair in Rochester today.  Elizabethe and I went to help out.  It was a small group, but useful and fun.

The students worked with the parents and children and taught them about good eating habits, foods, and hygiene.  We were there to help the kids  do some coloring.  (They were supposed to color on a plate the food proportions for the food groups.)

After the health fair we stopped to eat at Root 31.  (You can see my review here:  http://getitdoneon31.biz/root-31-cafe/ )  Elizabethe really liked her veggie quesadilla.  It’s a nice little cafe.

Wegman’s was our next stop to get groceries for next week.  They are STILL working on the Perinton Wegman’s.  They keep expanding and growing.  The thing will be huge when they are finished.  In the meantime you have to figure out where they moved stuff since the last visit.

I was surprised when I found sharp cheddar cheese at $2.50/pound.  It wasn’t long ago that the same was a good deal at $4/pound.  I’m not sure what’s driving the cost of cheese down, but I like it.  (The price, that is… but I also like sharp cheddar cheese.)

 

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

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

 

A New Coat for Moroni

I learned today that the Moroni on the temple was replaced.  They swapped him with one that had a new gold leaf coat.  The old one is now going to be re-coated and placed on another temple.  I kind of wish I would have known so I could have covered it for my missionary assignment.  But, I guess it will take some time before all the local members and church departments know what my mission is all about.

Elizabethe and I met our son-in-law, Jason, at his hotel this morning for breakfast.  He’s in Rochester speaking to some retirees about their Medicare options.  He said he got to choose where to meet so he picked Rochester so he could see us.  (Amber picked a choice husband.)  We had a nice conversation before he had to move on to go to his speaking engagement.

In our missionary meeting today my questions about BYU logos and military uniforms were answered.  Yes, I can show BYU logos, but not any non-church college or university.  Yes, I can photograph people in military uniforms.   I know there are going to be some Ute fans that are disappointed, but the church doesn’t own the U’s trademarks because it isn’t a church-owned school.

It’s So Cool that…

It is so cool to be Mormon that popular TV and books shows are starting to throw in references about Mormons.  In October the New York Times wrote about how hip it is now to be a Mormon.  A recent episode of CSI had a rookie FBI agent who was a BYU graduate.  Elizabethe was reading a book where a character was compared to a Mormon Missionary.  And, with two and possibly a 3rd LDS candidate for the U.S. President I suspect we will hear more references.

I’ve got to admit, I enjoy the T.V. show Psych.  It’s stupid, I know.  But, so was Get Smart, Young Dr. Frankenstein, Napoleon Dynamite and many other movies and T.V. shows.

So, I’m watching Psych and Gus, Lassiter and Shawn’s dad walk in to a dance club.  With no mistake for identifying what they were wearing, two blond-haired, good-looking girls walk into the club wearing gray BYU t-shirts.  The blue oval behind the big “Y” were wearing.

BYU Shirt

Back when I was in high school, we had quite a lot of LDS students at Bella Vista High School in Fair Oaks, California.  Some of the “coolest” kids in the school were Mormons.  (I don’t include myself as being in the “cool” crowd in high school.  I was definitely a band-geek.)  Among the cool Mormon kids were home-coming queens, student body presidents, starters on the football team, and many more.  Yet, in 1971 had you told me, “In 40 years you’ll see people in TV shows wearing BYU t-shirts”, I would have scoffed at the idea.  Had you told me there were several LDS candidates running for office, I probably would have scoffed at that too.

Regardless of public opinion, I’ve always found it “cool” to be a Mormon.

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Bruce, John, Mark and myself got together for a barbershop practice tonight.  We’re singing in Sacrament Meeting on Sunday.  It’s sure fun singing acapella.