Today is my six month wedding anniversary. I know that is cheesy but hey in my mind a half a year is a big deal. There are some thoughts that I need to write down and share and in my journal just isn’t good enough.
God is Great. Why? Because He gave me Karen.
The year leading up to our sealing was a great one. In the months that we dated and were engaged I felt like I learned and grew so much. I truly felt that I made almost as much personal growth in that year as I did during my whole two year mission. I was preparing to become a husband and I felt that I had really grown into that role. I truly felt that I had received the love of Christ in my life and I was radiating it. From being able to spend two hours waiting at the DLD getting a new license and not being annoyed, to simply not being so self centered. I was well on my way down the path of a disciple of Jesus Christ. So I thought.
In the past 6 month I have easily learned more about being Christ like than my whole life previous. I live with a perfect example of Christ like charity and patients. In the last 6 months I have truly become a feminist. Karen is so much farther along the path of discipleship and emulation of Christ than I am. I wonder if I have even begun the journey. What amazes me the most is how it is just her nature. I feel like I still choose to be charitable, she automatically is. I must remind myself to be patient we people, she is just simply patient.
My purpose in writing this is to show how grateful I am for my wife. I am grateful that we are sealed together in the new and everlasting covenant of marriage. EVERLASTING, is my favorite word in that phrase. Not only is God great because He gave me such a wonderful wife. God is GREAT because He has given me the opportunity to be her husband for all eternity. That knowledge comforts my soul, and inspires me to be better. It has deepened my ability to love not only Karen but God. I love Him for giving me someone so beautiful and amazing. I love Him even more for making that love eternal.
My favorite View
The Land of Galilee
So happy day I finally have access to internet again! My blog has taken quite the hit while I was in Jerusalem not being able to post anything. So I thought at least for me that I should do one last post on Jerusalem and finally up load posts that I worked on while in Israel that I couldn’t ever get to post.
I have been asked many times since returning home “How was Jerusalem.” I have no idea how to adequately respond to that question. While I try and write this post I feel as Joseph Smith said confined to the “narrow prison of paper, pen, and ink.” However I can’t say enough good about what I did and what I learned over in Jerusalem. It was most assuredly the greatest character shaping experience of my life. I have never devoted so much time to making myself a better person. I have never had so much religion in my life. I ate slept and dreamt about the bible. I finally have a love for that book. I always have enjoyed the stories about Jesus but now I understand its literary merit and how to use in in the cannon of our scripture to make gospel life more complete. I love the Bible.
We went on a boat ride on the Bosporus on my Birthday!
My AWESOME FHE family
Another thing that I love are all of my wonderful friends from Jerusalem. It is so awesome to
Monastery at Petra
know that there are so many other people out there who had the same experience that I did. Whenever I see them it just makes me happy. I think it is sort of like a mission where when you study the life of the Savior in so much detail and try to be Him you love everyone. Now when those people are super awesome to begin with you have an amazing situation. Another unique observation came from not being able to share my religious beliefs at all. At frist I didn’t know what to think about that. It goes against almost everything that we are taught. Yet it turned out to be an amazing experience. It allowed me to learn to love people for the beliefs unconditionally. I think because I was there in Jerusalem to learn I didn’t mind hearing what people believed or what they thought even if it differed greatly from my own beliefs. I came to realize more and more just how we are all children of Heavenly Father and He loves us.
AMY BROWN and KAREN LOW
Karen and I at Yardenit, the traditional location of Jesus’ baptism
That is the biggest thing that I would say I learned about, love. I learned of the love God has for me. Especially through sending His son to Atone and die for me. I learned of the love that I have to show to other people. I learned of the grave consequences when there is a lack of love. I guess all in all if I had to sum up what Jerusalem taught me is that every thing runs on love. When there is love there is happiness. When there is a shortfall of love there are problems. The more love we have the happier we can be. I know that is true and I know that Christ can radiate that love through us if we but let him.
Jamie and I in Turkey!
Church this week was in Tiberias! That’s right on the Sea of Galilee. Yasmin and Yaron my friends who Blake and I teach seminary to each week over skype attend church there. So I got permission to go to church twice in Tiberias. In the morning with Dr. Huntsman’s class and then in the afternoon with my class. Well sadly Yaron was sick and Yasmin was in the States. So basically we didn’t get to teach them. However sitting in church in a beautiful villa chapel looking over the Sea of Galilee I thought how wonderful this experience is. I can’t believe that I am actually here. I have been here for so long now and it still doesn’t seem real. Well normally I don’t get to see Jamie because she is in the other class but I was sitting in front of her during sacrament meeting and I realized how great a friend she truly is and how big a part of me being here is due to her encouragement. So I reached back behind me and thanked her for helping me get here. I wouldn’t have gotten my application in on time with all I needed if it wasn’t for her. So this blog post is dedicated to two very important things. One how amazing this trip is I know my life has been changed forever by it. Secondly and probably more importantly to Jamie Wheeler, good friends are hard to come by and she is definitely a great one. So J’s thank you so much for being such an amazing friend you’ve helped me out more that you’ll ever truly know.
So here’s Jamie right before the 1st Lady Pageant!
Here Ashley Megan and I are outside the Western Wall
Here we are in Jordan and Jerash in Jordan! The best preserved Roman City i’ve ever seen
So I am in Galilee and have already begun to experience the magic, the first of which is my blog is working again! The internet here is fast enough for me to have wordpress work. It did take me over an hour to get these few pictures up loaded but for the sake of my mother I persevered. Anyway I am so far behind that I am not really going to be able to make anything make chronological sense. Plus I have an exam on Thursday so here are some random pictures and i’ll see if I find more free time ill update more.
So even in the churches you can find basketball hoops…happy day
Here we are at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem! One of the coolest places we have visited all semester!
Dana and I outside the Treasury at Petra