Enjoying Christmas Season In Israel

Posted by on Jan 5, 2010 in Israel Trips | 0 comments

Cheerful, welcoming sunrise over the Sea of Galilee as seen from hotel room balcony

Two MHA groups had the incredible opportunity to visit Awesome Israel toward the end of 2009.  Ninety-nine people were able to attend and had amazing experiences every day.  We all had so much fun getting to know new friends, as well.  The sites are incredible, the history is vast and inspiring, and the people were most welcoming and happy to see us.  We read scriptures at the sites of miracles and gospel principles.  We visited incredible ruins that testify of the ancient people who occupied the land.  We were amazed, humbled, and encouraged at Gethsemane, Golgotha, and the Garden Tomb where our Savior atoned for our sins and was crucified and resurrected in triumph.  We return home with a new appreciation for life and great prophecies yet to be fulfilled.  We look forward to the Savior’s return with great anticipation!

– Patty Steadman

Three new friends at the Precipice Mount near Nazareth, overlooking Jezreel Valley

Three new friends at the Precipice Mount near Nazareth, overlooking Jezreel Valley

Sailing on the beautiful Sea of Galilee

Sailing on the beautiful Sea of Galilee

Dancing to “Hava Nagillah” on board the boat on the Sea of Galilee

Dancing to “Hava Nagillah” on board the boat on the Sea of Galilee

More dancing on board the boat on the Sea of Galilee

More dancing on board the boat on the Sea of Galilee

Peaceful “Yardenit” Jordan River baptism site

Peaceful “Yardenit” Jordan River baptism site

“Yardenit” Jordan River baptism site

“Yardenit” Jordan River baptism site

Tour group at Masada.

Tour group at Masada.

Looking downward at remains of the earthen ramp built by the Romans to re-capture Masada from Zealots.

Looking downward at remains of the earthen ramp built by the Romans to re-capture Masada from Zealots.

Camel on hilltop just outside Jerusalem

Camel on hilltop just outside Jerusalem

Modern freeways

Modern freeways

Wonderful, old olive tree transplanted to the BYU-Jerusalem Center

Wonderful, old olive tree transplanted to the BYU-Jerusalem Center

Sunset over Jerusalem as seen from the Mount of Olives

Sunset over Jerusalem as seen from the Mount of Olives

Jerusalem markets/bazaars.

Jerusalem markets/bazaars.

Jerusalem markets/bazaars.

Jerusalem markets/bazaars.

Very emotive walk on these remains of ancient steps leading to the Kidron Valley from “upper” Jerusalem next to Caiaphus’ House. It is likely that Jesus walked these steps so many times on his way to Gethsemane and lastly on his way to Golgotha after being scourged in the dungeon here.

Very emotive walk on these remains of ancient steps leading to the Kidron Valley from “upper” Jerusalem next to Caiaphus’ House. It is likely that Jesus walked these steps so many times on his way to Gethsemane and lastly on his way to Golgotha after being scourged in the dungeon here.

Sheepfold cave at Shepherds’ Field in Bethlehem. Quite typical of “stables” of the time when Jesus was born.

Sheepfold cave at Shepherds’ Field in Bethlehem. Quite typical of “stables” of the time when Jesus was born.

Modern-day Bethlehem streets

Modern-day Bethlehem streets

Our deluxe, beautiful tour bus

Our deluxe, beautiful tour bus

Garden of Gethsemane, just outside Jerusalem

Garden of Gethsemane, just outside Jerusalem

3 new friends at the Western Wall (Wailing Wall) in Jerusalem.

3 new friends at the Western Wall (Wailing Wall) in Jerusalem.

Reverent, peaceful feelings while visiting the Garden Tomb

Reverent, peaceful feelings while visiting the Garden Tomb

THE Message of all messages.

THE Message of all messages.

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