St. Anne’s

The French Catholics have this site, the traditional site of the home of Anne, mother of Mary. There is still the cave where Mary grew up, now underneath the church. This is the oldest church intact in all of Israel, left from the Byzantines and not destroyed by the Persians because they used it as a school.

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This is maybe one of my top five favorite places in Israel, especially this year. I do not believe in worshipping those who have deceased, but I do believe they work in our behalf from the other side of the veil. I am grateful for their ministry. I was especially overcome in this place of motherhood: Anne the mother of Mary, and Mary the mother of the Savior. Between our miscarriages and the loss of my mother so recently, I did find both strength and comfort here. I also cried and cried.

I also paid a shekel to light a candle for my mother, praying only to my Heavenly Father, but memorializing her the same as I do at Relay for Life on cancer day. It was good, and healing.

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I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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