Day 9

dsc_2837 Greeting from Israel! This is Bryan and Kevin K, and we are your cyber hosts for today’s blog. We started off our first day in Jerusalem by visiting a lookout point on the Mount of Olives. From there we could see the Temple Mount, The Garden of Gethsemane, and a majority of the old city of Jerusalem. We hiked down to the Church of Gethsemane, where we saw a garden with olive trees that very well may have been alive during the time of Jesus. We left the Church of Gethsemane and from there we made our way to the Pool of Bethesda and Saint Anne’s Church. Saint Anne’s Church was a church from the time of the Crusaders that the Muslims chose not to destroy when they overtook Jerusalem. Inside we lined up on the steps and sang The Doxology, and I Love You Lord under the direction of Richard Ferreira. After we sang in Saint Anne’s, we headed down the Via Dolorosa, the road that Jesus walked on the way to Golgotha to be crucified. At the end of the Via Dolorosa was the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Inside the Church we saw the traditional locations of Christ’s crucifixion and burial. Rich gave us about an hour to shop and then we headed off to lunch. After lunch we went to the Israel Museum. There we saw a gigantic model of the city of Jerusalem at the time of the second temple, and viewed the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit.

On a more personal note, we very much enjoyed our day in Israel. Our favorite parts of the day included walking the Via Dolorosa, experiencing the culture of Jerusalem, visiting the Mount of Olives, and viewing the Dead Sea Scrolls. It was hard to grasp that we were walking in the places that the Savior of the world, our Savior, walked during the last days of his life. Overall it was a fantastic day and we look forward to the next!  Click here to check out some photos from our day, or click here to see past blogs.  Shabbat Shalom!  (Good Sabbath)   -Bryan and Kevin K.

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This is a recording of the whole class singing in St. Ann’s Church in Jerusalem.

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If you have enjoyed following our trip we would highly suggest checking out the follow the rabbi website at and looking into the “That The World May Know” video series that is put out by focus on the family. If your church doesn’t have a copy of these videos in their library you can purchase them through the store on the Follow the Rabbi web page. These are a great way to go through all the sites we have experienced and are the next best thing to coming to Israel.

Click here to check out our interactive map.

Click here to check out our interactive map.


2 Responses to “Day 9”

  1. Nancy Switzer says:

    What a treat to see what you are doing. We go to the same church as Chris Fredricks, but also went ot Israel with Ron Allen (from Dallas TS) in 2006. What a joy to relive the best trip of our lives through your diary and pictures. We pray for all of you, and know you really weren’t sinning at St. Ann’s, but singing with great joy! :-) We did that too. Greetings to Chris.

    Van and Nancy Switzer

  2. Thanks for the EXCELLENT job of updating us on all that you are doing and seeing in Israel. It has been awesome to be a part of your trip in this way. Thanks to each of you!!

    Hey Russell…so glad you are getting to be in Israel! Can’t wait to hear all about your trip. We love you, Dad and Mom

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