Sunday, April 3, 2011

Ein Karem and more

My bishop from Sedona and his wife were in Jerusalem and we spent the day together today! It was a blast and I'm so thankful to have them as friends and a blessing in my life; they are really good examples to me. They were really good to me and my friends and we all had a really enjoyable, solid day in what has become one of my favorite cities.

We went to Ein Karem, a town west of Jerusalem where John the Baptist was born and lived. We went to the church of his birthplace and the Church of the Visitation where Mary met Elizabeth. We talked with a Fransiscan monk there who was pretty interesting. Then we went to Ben Yehuda street in West Jerusalem and had lunch and ice cream. Then we went on Rampart's walk which is a walk on the walls of the Old City and saw some beautiful views. It was a perfect day.

General Conference is this week and we watched the first session at 7 p.m. last night. The second session was from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. and I didn't stay up for that. Speaking of John the Baptist though, there is a scripture where John's apostles ask him about how Christ is gaining more followers than John the Baptist. John says that this is what was suppossed to happen, he said, "He must increase and I must decrease." His job was to prepare the people for Christ, and then step out of the limelight. While listening to General Conference, I think this is a good question to consider: What should decrease in my life to let Christ increase?


  1. I didn't know Bishop Christiansen was going to be there, how fun! What a thought provoking question, one I need to ask myself as well.

  2. Watch general conference online! All there! It was so magnificent.


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