Have I ever mentioned how fun it is that when we walk around, everyone knows exactly who we are? And how everyone seems to have a special Mormon student price just for us? And how (thankfully) we seem to have a pretty good reputation as nice people? Well, it’s fun.
Have I ever mentioned how fun it is to meander, and stumble across churches, shops, museums, and incredible people? I have had so many faith-building experiences that could never have been planned, all because we happened upon people or places or things that tell amazing tales.
The director of the center warned us about “JC LDS,” or “Jerusalem Center Last-Days-Syndrome.” People start to get frantic and want to visit EVERYTHING they haven’t seen. I can honestly say that I feel pretty good about what I’ve done here! I’ve spent all the time I could out in the city, I’ve tried to participate in every activity, and I’m sure I’ve seen more than 98% of tour groups will ever see. (It’s just a matter of having 4 months versus one week, you know?)
This week we’ve done a lot of what we call “meandering.” We have destinations, but we are very open to detours. We have shopping lists, but they change every time we see something new. We have sack lunches, but falafel and shawarma just call your name sometimes.
We’ve also been studying the New Testament extensively. I simply can’t get over how amazing it is to sit on my patio, read the New Testament, and look out at the very places it all happened. In. Cre. Di. Ble.
At this point my photos can’t adequately portray how I feel about this amazing city! But to save you from reading any more sappy nonsense I’ll just show them to you anyway.