Enjoying Christmas Season In Israel
- 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
Sailing on the beautiful 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
Peaceful “Yardenit” Jordan River baptism site
“Yardenit” Jordan River baptism site
Tour group at Masada.
Looking downward at remains of the earthen ramp built by the Romans to re-capture Masada from Zealots.
Camel on hilltop just outside Jerusalem
Wonderful, old olive tree transplanted to the BYU-Jerusalem Center
Sunset over Jerusalem as seen from the Mount of Olives
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.
Modern-day Bethlehem streets
Our deluxe, beautiful tour bus
Garden of Gethsemane, just outside Jerusalem
3 new friends at the Western Wall (Wailing Wall) in Jerusalem.
Reverent, peaceful feelings while visiting the Garden Tomb
THE Message of all messages.