I've tried to make a quick visit - at least 24 hours in Jerusalem every time I come to Tel Aviv for business. I love coming up to the BYU Jerusalem Center to attend church. It must be my favorite building in all of Israel.
This past visit was extra special because Elle was there, doing a semester abroad. It's the very thing I hope my girls get to do once in college. It's a special place in every way.
It's been over three years since Elle lived with us in London. It was great to catch up as always and to meet her roommates. I couldn't help be jealous of the experience they are having at this time in their life. When Rachel and I were at BYU, the Center was closed due to security and safety concerns. So we never had the opportunity. I'm only living vicariously through their once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Once I got to Jerusalem (Friday evening), I met up w Elle and her roommates for dinner. Afterwards, we went to the Western Wall to welcome in the Sabbath. There is quite the celebration each Friday night before sundown.
I always find some time to walk around the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Always fascinating to watch the visitors and activities that take place inside the church. I'm never really sure what is going on. :)
One of my favorite places in Jerusalem. The BYU Jerusalem Center aka Mormon University to the locals.
After church, Elle and I, and her roommates grabbed a few pictures. Such amazing views of the Old City.
My go-to spot after church is the Garden of Gethsemane. It's beautiful and peaceful (when there are few tourists)