How to experience the Holy Land

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  • Alpine Blue Alpine, UT
    Oct. 13, 2011 1:42 p.m.

    The Holy Land is indeed a most special little corner of the world and well worth every effort to visit. The spirit of the Savior is strong almost every where you may wander.

    Although I have been privileged to visit the Holy Land on numerous occasions, as well as send several of my children to the BYU-JC, I have never been able to utilize the services of some of the aforementioned LDS tour guides. Although I have attempted to coordinate my schedule for some of the BYU tour dates, it has never quite coincided. And the cost of the local LDS guides has always been prohibitive, especially for a large family. Our original quote for a week in the Holy Land would have cost our family somewhere between $25K-$30K not including airfare-leaving it only for the very wealthy.

    So, for our first and several subsequent visits, we have simply rented a mini-van at Tel Aviv airport and driven ourselves from site to site-often joining other small groups and an occasional dayguide along with LDS commentaries to guide us.

    Did we miss something? Probably, but still were privileged to bask in the spirit of Israel.

  • txusmcret1493 Tyler, TX
    Oct. 12, 2011 9:35 p.m.

    Amen to the comments of JKay ds. Too bad professional guides don't figure out ways for people to earn their way to these sites, or find organizations which can help people make the money or assist people to have chances to go to such venues.

    Oct. 12, 2011 8:27 p.m.

    I would love to go to Israel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    To walk where Jesus had walked - to see the places that HE loved.
    But, like so many who would love to go... there just isn't the funds to do it!
    Wouldn't it be nice if we all had enough money to be able to have our dream come true?

  • watcher@75 SMITHFIELD, UT
    Oct. 12, 2011 7:07 p.m.

    Thank you for this message. The Holy Land, even in all its modernity, verifies, validates, and testifies of the reality of Jesus Christ.