Today we went to Caesarea. Here we viewed all the ruins and talked about the history that occurred there with the Romans and Crusaders. I got to see what an ancient amphitheater looks like, so cooL! It was very inspiring to see how the people then enjoyed the arts! The stage was crazy huge and I couldn’t help but bust out a few ballet moves. I can only imagine what it would be like to perform on that stage with a huge audience! We also saw the some aqueducts.
Next we went to Hafia. This is where the German Templar Cemetery is. I really enjoyed being there and seeing the graves of John A Clark and Adolf Haag – two missionaries who died while on their mission in Israel in the 1890’s. However their death was fundamental to the start of the BYU Jerusalem Center. Many years later when the church wanted to open the BYU Jerusalem Center, the law said the had to prove the church existed in Israel before the 1900’s. The grave sights of these two missionaries gave the church proof enabling them to open the BYU Jerusalem Center. It’s pretty crazy to think that God has a reason behind every occurrence that happens in our lives. it shows that nothing happens just by chance. It is all a part of a bigger picture. Even trials happen for a reason.
After Hafia we went up to Mount Cormel and overlooked the Valley of Armageddon. This valley is very special in the LDS church and being here was a spiritual experience and reminded me of my visit to Adam-Ondi-Ahman last year in the states.
Following this we headed to Tiberias for the night. Driving up to Tiberias at night was so neat. In the bible when Christ refers to a city on the hill cannot be hid (referring to the light of Christ) He was totally referencing the city of Tiberias! It is the coolest city built on a hill overlooking The Sea of Galilee.