Sunday, January 24, 2010

Journey to Jerusalem

Joseph and I had the amazing once in a life-time opportunity to travel to the Holy Land with some friends of ours Billy and Kristy Hull. They were going to visit her parents Bob and Sue Allen who have been serving as service missionaries at the BYU Jerusalem Center for almost 18 months. They will be returning to Arizona in about a week and a half after touching many people's lives in Israel. Being with Bob and Sue and the Allen family on this trip, has made a lasing impression in our hearts and changed our lives forever. Thank you for letting us come!

After sorting through over 1500 pictures that were taken on our trip, we have put together a slide show of some of our favorite spots, and people. This grouping still has over 350 pictures, so for those of you that don't have that much time - we have posted a few of our favorite things below!

We loved the locals! Many so different, so faithful, so amazing to watch and learn from!
One of our favorite places to visit was the Sea of Galilee. This spot is the same today that it was over 2000 years ago. Beautiful! We could easily see why Jesus spent so much time here, and called His apostles from around these waters. Many miracles happened on the sea and around the hills nearby. We had a special opportunity to sit on rocks by the waters edge, sing some songs, read some of the miracles, and remember. Two mornings we also arose early and watched the sun-rise. Breath-taking.
While in Galilee we went to the Mount of Transfiguration. That day it was all hidden in a cloud. Fitting and Majestic.
In conjunction with our dead sea float we also had a mud scrub. So slimy and FUN!Shawarma was one of Joseph (and Billy's) favorite things to try in Israel. To see what Shawarma is you will have to see the whole slide show :-).
The Garden Tomb. This spot was worth all the time and money it took to go on our trip. This spot truly is very sacred and special. We know that "He is Risen!"

13 comments:

Carolyn said...

Wow, what amazing photos! That's so great that you were able to take a trip like that.

Megan Daly said...

How Fun!! What a blast that would be.

Definately that stamp will be saved in my passport. :) I would love to visit there.

So cool for you guys.

Lora said...

That sounds amazing!

Amber said...

That is wonderful! What an opportunity!

Ashlee said...

Jealous! Not only did you get a way without the kids but you got to go to such a cool place. The picture look amazing!

tiffany and darren said...

you are so lucky that you got to go and see all those places. you got some great pictures and it looks like you had too much fun!

Tiffany said...

You guys are amazing - how did you find time to go through all of these pictures? I am glad you guys got to do that! For now, our travel plans consist of putting the Travel Package brochures from Costco on our fridge and planning. Someday! :)

Anonymous said...

oh, it makes me want to go back!! Galilee was my very favorite place too. So glad you got to go!!

Jaimee Blood said...

Lisa--I'm soo excited you guys got to do that!! I lived in that awesome BYU Jerusalem Center for 6 months and seeing your pictures just brought tears to my eyes remembering those awesome,awesome places!! I want to take Blaine there someday---even better I want to serve a mission there with him like your friends parents did! So happy you got to go!

Adam and Jess said...

You're pictures really do say so much. It looks like it was an amazing experience. You must have been taking pictures every few minutes. We went through all of them and my favorites were the mud scrub, the two of you at the sea of Galilee, floating in the dead sea, and the tomb. Very cool. We had fun celebrating the kids' birthdays yesterday. You guys are great friends, I wish we got together more often.

Anonymous said...

What a great opportunity! Looks amazing!

Steve and Rebecca said...

What an AWESOME trip!!! Loved looking at the pictures!

Katie Morgan said...

What AMAZING photos! I loved the feeling I got as I looked thru these pictures. Thanks so much for sharing.