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    Time to Spare

    The last students left for home early Thursday morning, March 19.  The service couples were also asked  to leave the Jerusalem Center because of  the corona-virus and restrictions of the government.  We are all sad to leave the members, the land and culture that we love. Hopefully, we will be able to return in a few months. In the meantime, the area presidency has asked that I continue to serve as the Jerusalem district president until we can return; or, until they call another president.  Margaret has been asked to continue her work with humanitarian projects in the west bank and Israel. Photo by Dennis Brimhall Last Sabbath, we tried…

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    Our Own Fun for Less with Lisa and Kristine

    It was like Christmas morning. Lisa and Kristine surprised us with a visit and we spend 7 terrifically fun days.   It turned out to be a blessing in many ways because Margaret’s brother Phil Swensen, passed away unexpectedly and Margaret was able to fly home with Lisa and Kristine to attend the funeral. Here is a summary, by day, of the fun we had! Friday 19 Aug 2019:  Straight from the airport to the Western Wall to welcome the Sabbath.  Then unpack and go to bed after a long flight!   Saturday 31 August 2019 Attended Church at the BYU Center and then a visit to the Garden Tomb where…

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    District Conference

    We were all very pleased with how district conference turned out. We had a little over 200 members attend conference plus several bus loads of tourists.  We provided translation for Spanish, Russian, and Hebrew.  We tried to stream the conference to about 40  members who could not attend because of employment or health. The music and talks were all exceptional.  Liza, a young lady that was baptized about 8 months ago spoke and reported how much she loved meeting new friends on the recent youth conference and she ended bearing her testimony. It was inspiring to all.  Basically, she only speaks Hebrew, so we asked Raquel Wilson, our newly called…

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    Lehi Trek Youth Conference

    In Centerville, we built hand cards for our trek.  In Israel, they ride camels. All of our youth signed up for and went on our Lehi Trek. We had 19 young men and women attend and 10 adult leaders.  The trek began at a Bedouin camp near Mitspe Ramon in the southern part of Israel.  Bedouin staff prepared the vegetarian food on open camp fires, took care of the camels, and told a thousand stories about the desert.  No one was in a hurry, it was called desert time: No watches, no cell phones, no complaining. Look at the starts, find the beauty in the sand, be thankful for water,…

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    Gratitude

    Establishing the Church in Israel has not been easy. Every step forward has come with faith and hard work. We  remember with gratitude and give thanks to all who have helped in anyway.  Major historical and political events have taken place in the Holy Land in the last 200 years that have opened the door for the Church to be established.  How has the Church and members helped to build the Church in the Holy Land?   Can you list 10 important events?   The years listed below are a clue.    Click on Toggle for the answers. Toggle 1841 Orson Hyde offers dedicatory prayer First apostle since days of old…

  • Local Culture,  Members and Other Friends

    Translations

      We think it is difficult to communicate clearly in English. Wait until you have 4 people in a room and they all speak different languages: Russian, English, Spanish, and Hebrew.  This is how it was in Be’er Sheva last week in church.   The branch president, President Scott is in the States until the end of November.  For the last two weeks, his only counselor, Brother Hilton, has also been gone.  That gave me the opportunity to conduct the meetings and to be with the members in Be’er Sheva for the last two weeks.     While in Be’er Sheva, I met with Anna in the rest home.  Anna…

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    Kiev Temple

    There was a small break between the BYU students leaving Jerusalem and the new group arriving, so we flew Kiev for a few days.  It was great getting back to the temple again. Many of our members in the district are from the Ukraine.  They leave their beautiful home land because wages are low, and work is hard to find. They work hard in Israel and send what money they can back to their family in the Ukraine.     The temple was always busy.  A large group of youth from Rostov were at the temple attending a stake youth conference. It was just like being home. …well, all most.…

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    Sahar Qumsiyeh

    Sahar is from Bethlehem.  She is a Palestinian lady who joined the Church and found peace despite intense conflicts and hardship. Her story is published in Peace for a Palestinian: One Woman’s Story of Faith amidst War in the Holy Land. Sahar returned to visit her family and to attend Church August 2019 Sahar is in the middle of the picture.  Here is a brief overview Received BYU Jerusalem Center scholarship to BYU. Baptized Feb 4, 1996 Attended the temple in August 1997 Received her PhD in mathematics from Turkey University 2007 Helped establish the Bethlehem Branch in 2008 Served as Jerusalem District relief society president 2011 Served in the…

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    Dedication

    In 2007 Elder Holland dedicated the Tiberias Chapel over looking he Sea of Galilee with a challenge for all to rededicate out lives. Friday night, August 9, 2019, we invited the care givers that are working nearby to join us at the Tiberias chapel for a light dinner and social. We were grateful for the large number who attended. It is never easy to find the time or the transportation to attend an event while serving as a care giver. The employment is demanding and continuous.  But, somehow, these faithful members were able to find a way to attend.  After dinner, we met in the chapel overlooking the Sea of…