lovin' the profs

2:54 AM Marcie Parson 1 Comments

As I am "preparing" for finals, I thought I would express my love for the men in my life... 
ie. bashir bashir, ophir yarden, and ayman jabara.
Thanks for the great semester, boys.

 oh. and.

Do your professors 'just dance' to toxic by britney spears?
didn't think so.
ladies and gentlemen, dr. "j-rowdy" ludlow.
why are our professors so great?


service update

11:08 PM Marcie Parson 1 Comments

We love to serve! 
And we love serving at the Princess Basma Center for Disabled Children. BYUJ has a tradition of painting a mural at the school each semester, and we recently just finished up this beaut.

We also teach the preschoolers English about every week or so. They are absolutely darling, and let me tell you, it is so rewarding to see them recognize words and get excited about English. I can't believe we will only get to be with them once or twice more!

Matthew 22
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
 38 This is the first and great commandment.
 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.


dear mom,

5:36 AM Marcie Parson 5 Comments

I ate an apple for lunch...

... and I liked it.


almost eden

1:33 AM Marcie Parson 1 Comments

The best kind of field trips are the ones that have absolutely no academic value whatsoever. Perks of the Neot Kedumim? Stepping off the bus into springtime. Grinding my own hyssop. Making pita from scratch. Frolicking through fields of flowers. And, of course,  herding sheep and goats like it was nobody's business.

John 19
 29 Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop
and put it to his mouth.
 30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.


why my classes are better than yours

3:24 PM Marcie Parson 0 Comments

Because we watch videos like this to study the Exodus.

Happy Valentine's Day! 
Hope your day was as filled with as many sweets as mine was.


putting the fun in funnel

12:47 AM Marcie Parson 6 Comments

On Monday, we had yet another excuse to put off homework, ahem, I mean, field trip. We walked to the City of David, which is just south of the temple mount. Naturally, we took this opportunity to take as many bath-sheba pics as possible (see 2 Samuel 11). We hiked through Hezekiah's tunnel, which connects the Gihon spring to the pool of Siloam - meaning we trudged through knee-deep water in a pitch black tunnel for about a quarter of a mile. You can bet your bottom dollar that we turned on the strobe light setting on our headlamps and danced the whole way. It was so fun. We found our way to the pool of Siloam, where Jesus healed a blind man on the sabbath (see St. John 9). The pool was just recently excavated and is one of the places that actually dates back to Jesus' time. What an incredible feeling to be standing on the same steps that the Savior walked on.
cue harp music
sun bathing bath-sheba style
 inside Hezekiah's tunnel (post-pitch-black-dp)
Jeru style. How embarrassing.

John 9
 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,
 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.


tel aviv, tell everyone

1:37 PM Marcie Parson 2 Comments

I spent our free Sunday with 9 other beauts on a day trip to Tel Aviv, the capital of Israel. Holy happiness. We walked around old jaffa city, the carmel shuk, the port, the boardwalk, and most importantly, the beach. Guys. I stood in the Mediterranean Sea. No big deal. It seriously was the most perfect weather, and I was giddy with happiness all day long. It has been so rainy and cold in Jeru, and it felt oh so nice to get some sun on the beach. Theme of the day: YOLO2012. Love love these kids so much.
my first steps in the Mediterranean Sea!
Tel Aviv
Eating our way through the Carmel Shuk
Erin & I went to Tel Aviv by ourselves. Jokes.

YOLO 2012 baby.


sabbath in the garden

8:14 AM Marcie Parson 1 Comments

This past sabbath we spent the afternoon in the Garden of Gethsemane. Sounds unreal, doesn't it? The actual location of the garden is unknown, but the Church of All Nations is built on the Mount of Olives where the oldest olive trees in Jerusalem are located. The peace there is indescribable. We walked home through the Mount of Olives and the Orson Hyde Memorial Park, where I had one of those "be still and know that I am God" moments. What an incredible blessing it is to be here where the atonement took place.

The Church of All Nations and Gethsemane

Mount of Olives
Orson Hyde Park


arabian nights

8:07 AM Marcie Parson 1 Comments

Wednesday was Arab culture night aka an excuse to dress up and dance like Arabs. Two men from the Al-Aqsa mosque (the most important mosque in Jerusalem) came and chanted part of the Koran and the call to prayer for us, which made me love the call to prayer that much more. Then we had a full-fledged Arab feast followed by folk dance lessons (lots of foot stomping/kicking involved). Yes, I had "arabian nights" from Aladdin stuck in my head all night.

pretty much part of the Ludlow family


goliath - sized

7:12 AM Marcie Parson 3 Comments

On Monday, we went to a field trip to the Shephelah, which is the low hill country where some important biblical events took place. Our first stop was Bet Shemesh in the Sorek Valley, where Samson lived and fought many of his battles. Minor obsession with the flowers.

We then went to Azekah, which controlled the Elah Valley, where David fought the Philistine champion/giant, Goliath. We had some wonderful reenactments of the battle scene and later tried out some sling shots. The whole sling shot/college student combo is pretty dangerous.

We went south to the fortress Lachish, where the Lachish letters were discovered.

Our last stop of the day was the Israelite fortress of Maresha/Bet Guvrin. We saw some incredible caves, cisterns, olive presses, and burial tombs.

Just in some tombs. It's fine.

It was raining and freezing all day - okay, that's enough, winter - but we saw a few amazing things! It was so worth it to see an entirely different side of Israel. It is only this green and beautiful for a few months of the year, and I'm so grateful I get to be here during it!

1 Samuel 17
45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
 46 This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
 47 And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hands.
 49 And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth.