We had two last days of field trips this week- both days were dedicated to the last week of Christ's life.
It was such a wonderful experience. I have become so much closer to my Savior than I have ever imagined possible.
I wish I could describe the growth that has occurred over the last 4 months, but I just can't. I know that I am no where near perfect but my testimony has grown and I think that is something that I can be glad about.
Anyways, we started at the tomb of Lazarus.
This is the view from Dominus Flevit ("the Lord wept")
Tiny church but a magnificent view.
Overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem. Dont worry- this isn't posed at all.
Today was our last field trip... and of course we woke up to the cold abyss outside! It was seriously freezing. I was not prepared for this weather! The field trip was cancelled for the day except for the garden Tomb. Which was awesome- I had the chance to hear the sweet testimonies of my classmates at the place of the commemoration of the resurrection. Nothing tops that.
I just want to end with saying that I know that my Savior lives and that He loves me more than I can comprehend. He loves us so much that He suffered all of our sins, heartaches, sadnesses and negativity. I am so grateful for that sacrifice. I will never be able to repay the debt but my Heavenly Father and my Savior love me anyways and will welcome me with open arms. I will strive to live my life in a way that will permit me to one day kiss their feet and wash them with my tears.
I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to come on this study abroad. All I can say that He has a plan for me- I am so grateful that my parents are so willing to help me and that they push me to become a better person everyday.
I will never forget what I have learned here!
I know that these posts are long overdue... and it seems like so long ago at this point but heres a few pics of our dead sea field trip!!
Overlooking Masada (One of Herod's fortresses)
Hiking up to the En Gedi
Linds and I! I miss this girlie
NBD just floating in the dead sea! This was one of the coolest experiences ever.... you get in and its completely different than anything I have ever felt before. You literally float! Its insane.
Today was our last full day here in Jerusalem. What is happening?! I swear we are in a time warp. This cant be real I swear. I will be home in America on Thursday. Today is Sunday. YIKES. Tomorrow and Tuesday we have full day field trips... it will be full of cool sites but it will be exhausting I know.
Anyways, today was definitely a good day.
We started off with a trip to the roof of the Holy Sepulcher. It was awesome and so clean!! I never get to see Jeru like that. It was a nice change.
Looking down at all the peoples.
Skylor and I on the lookout
We went out to West Jeru (Jewish) and got Hanukah donuts. Um hi, they were the bomb.com
After our trip to WJ we headed straight over to wait in line to see this gorgeous monument. Im honestly gonna miss seeing this everyday.
We finished our journey with a few last minute shopping stops and a quick pitstop at the Holy Sepulcher, this is the place where Christ was supposedly crucified- we had about 30 secs in there but it was still way cool!
Im going to be honest. Before I came to Jerusalem I was SUPER bummed about having to have my 21st birthday away from my friends and family. It was weird for me to think that I wouldn't get to celebrate this monumental birthday with people that I didn't really like.
HA HA HA.
Although I didnt get to spend my special day with my family, I did get to spend it with Skylor. And it turned out to be one of the best birthdays that I have ever had.
First of all, I woke up to all these cute signs that my roommates made for me! There are seriously the cutest. They also put a list of 10 reasons why they love me in my bathroom drawer. Seriously... the cutest.
The day was pretty chill- I didn't work on any homework (slap my wrist why dont ya) and Skylor and I watched Lord of the Rings. I loved it! We wanted to go and celebrate at the waffle bar but since it was a friday they closed earlier (Shabbat begins at sundown and the waffle bar was in West Jerusalem). We waited until our field trip that night to the western wall and then hit up MCDONALDs. It was literally the only thing open. But we made it a triple date with some of the other couples and it turned out to be a blast. The employees played a sweet birthday song to me and brought (I mean threw at) us balloons. We are thinking about making it a new birthday tradition??? Ghetto sauce I know :)
Jed + Alta, Skylor +Hollie & Kassie +Dallin (yep Kassie and dallin are engaged by the way... they met here and got engaged within a week!! They are getting married on the 29th! So excited for them).
I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to go live abroad again from August 2012 to December 2012. Jerusalem is the city of love for me- I met and fell in love with my hubby here. My life was forever changed after this experience!