Saturday, November 28, 2009

Monday, November 9, 2009

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Oh Jerusalem...

There has been so many fun and exciting escapades these past few weeks. Starting off with the Holocaust museum we went to just last week, and that was an amazing experience in its self. What a moving and touching opportunity it was to re-live what the Jewish people went through here in this part of the world. It was incredible to go throughout the museum with our Judaism teacher who brought forth his insight on the entire devastation towards his religion. Altogether it was a very humbling experience and I loved every minute of it. It was definitely a different feeling but it also gave me a better appreciation for the things I have been blessed with.
On another note, I had the chance to meet and listen to Elder Holland last night at a fireside here in the center. Elder and sister Porter as well as Elder and sister Holland arrived here yesterday afternoon while we were at church. We were able to have dinner with them followed by an amazing fireside. I was able to sit on the second row front and center… holy cow it was a very powerful experience. It’s amazing how strong the spirit can be with such a small congregation. I took complete advantage of that opportunity while writing down as much as possible. Good news is he’s still here in the building… This is definitely not the time to be walking around in you P.J’s and fuzzy slippers, you just don’t know when he’ll be around the corner. Let alone slip a lil’ cuss word… how horrible would that be. But it has been fun having them here besides the fact the students are a little obsessed, I must admit.
Another recent outing that has happened this last week was our Dead Sea mud mask girls night. We completed the night with pedicures, manicures and haircuts. You may notice in one of the pictures the girl trimming my hair is wearing a head light! Hahaha. The lighting was minimum, and I wasn’t about to get a complete crooked hair cut.
We leave for Jordan this next week so I will have to give the updates sometime when we get back!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Sunday, September 27, 2009


So the past two weeks I have had the opportunity to go and visit Egypt, one of the greatest wonders of the world! I had an amazing time there and wish our trip could have been just a little longer. Our group was able to tour all throughout Egypt itself while visiting some of the most incredible sites in this world. Just a brief detailed list of only a few adventures we were able to explore: The great pyramids-in which we were able to climb inside to the burial tomb. It was really hot and claustrophobic but I did make it- The burial tombs of some of the greatest Pharaohs in Valley of the Kings, camel rides, sailing the Nile river at sunset, horse carriage rides in Luxor, the Mummy museum where we got to see King Tut and Ramses as well as other past Pharaohs, SHOPPING (Yes, I have come to master the bargaining system:) And the last but not least, we were able to climb Mt. Sinai at 2am! That was such an incredible experience and I would do it again in a heart beat. It's a 4.5 mile hike up-and I mean up- and once we got to the top we were able to watch the sun rise above the clouds...BEAUTIFUL! I must admit, that was the happiest I have ever been at 3 in the morning, while dangling my legs over the cliff of the most amazing peak in the world!

On the other hand there were a few downfalls about Egypt, surprising I know. You can't eat any fresh veggies or fruit, you can't drink the water, and you feel like you are on a carb diet the entire time. Unfortunately there were a few lucky souls who faced the famous stomach cramping... low and behold I was one of them! We call it the Egyptian runs, and Im sure you can figure out why we have named it the way we have. It feels as if you are Dorthy from the Wizard of Oz and the tornado is about to strike home... It's a rough life. If only I could click my heels so it will all go away... "There's no place like home"

Overall I am having the time of my life, despite the tornados. It seems as if I am always saying that, but it is so true! I have truely been blessed to have been given such great opportunities to travel and learn in different parts of the world. I am so grateful for what I have been given as well as all the great people I have met on the way. Nothing would be as good as it is without the awesome individuals that have inspired me to become a better person!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

So I know I haven't blogged in a really long time and I figure I better do something before my Mom and the rest of my family starts to get mad! There is so much that has changed since last time I posted something... As of right now I am currently at BYU-Jerusalem studying, and loving every minute of it! The schooling is really hard, but it is definitely worth it! There are so many great, smart, pretty and talented people here. They are so fun and I can only imagine what we are going to be like in 3 more months.

So far we have visited many sites such as: The garden tomb, the field where David slung Goliath, lots of caves, different points that overlook Jerusalem, and many other sites that relate to the Old testament! It really has been so much fun and I will definitely try to keep up my blogging now that I have officially started AGAIN!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

President's Day Hike...

This past President's day a group of us decided to take an adventure out to Ka'ena point. It's a huge tourist attraction here, but some of the guys who took us had found "their" own pathway that led up to some secret bunkers. The entire hike to the top honestly felt like we were free climbing up a super steep mountain... a little sketchy I must say... but I am always down for a new adventure. By the time we got to the top you could see all the way down the north side of the island, as well as the entire west side... It was one of the coolest things I have seen here in Hawaii! As we were sitting up there, soaking in the sun, we were able to watch whales come up out of the water further out in the ocean! It was so awesome, and definitely one of the funnest days yet this semester!.. I LOVE HAWAII!!

Our Fun Hawaiian house!

YES, it's true, three of us sleep in this tiny room...
We rotate each week from the top bunk to the big bed, then onto the trundle...

It's definitely an adventure everyday!

You can also tell its a complete GIRLS room hence the tupperware drawers full of clothes!