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Holy Traveler

We got home from church today and we were pretty wiped out. I guess we stayed up just a little too late last night or something (we like talking about Miraculous), because we were ready to crash. Nevertheless, our hatred of naps won out and we persevered. Thankfully, a sweet snack energized us enough to do our Come, Follow Me studying without falling asleep. We're on the Pauline epistles now, and I don't know if it's Paul's writing style or the translation or both, but we have such a hard time focusing on it. The Book of Mormon is so much easier. We are so thankful that Nephi's soul delights in plainness.

When we finished studying, we were going to try some culinary adventures but found out we hadn't bought enough chocolate, so that's going to have to wait. So instead we watched another episode of Holy Traveler. We're still not entirely sure exactly what the purpose of the show is, actually. The first episode featured the Yad Vashem in Israel, and most of it seemed to just be the camera slowly panning over the various areas of it so the viewers could kind of experience it for themselves, which was neat. Of course there was also some explanation of things, and some interviews with people who work there.

The second episode was the story of what inspired the show to begin with. The producer had tracked down his family tree to Poland and wanted help from the woman who would become the host of the show--help finding the graves of two of his ancestors who died there. They never successfully identified them though, because when the Germans occupied Poland in WW2, they killed all the living Jews, and when the Soviets occupied Poland during the Cold War, they erased all the history, including the cemeteries. They interviewed a rabbi there and we learned some neat stuff. This was actually the episode that had us interested in watching the show to begin with, because we found out about it from looking at our own family tree--the graves they were looking for belong to our own great-great-great-great grandparents. So that was pretty cool.

This week we watched the third episode, which was about the Wise Men from the East in the Nativity story. The show visited the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, then went to Cologne, Germany, where there's a gigantic church that houses what people believe to be the remains of the Three Kings. But it mostly focused on the festival in Germany where children go around dressed as the Three Kings and collect donations to give to a charity that they (the children) choose--usually to help other children in need, mostly refugee children.

So based on that, the title, and the fact that the next episode will feature the Latter-day Saint Pioneers, we think Holy Traveler is about famous religious journeys? But we're still not 100% sure. Either way, it's a pretty interesting show.

Then we watched more Relative Race and cried and cried. That show really gets you, man. And now here we are attempting to get to bed early so as not to be so dead tomorrow. Will we succeed, or will we get to talking about Miraculous again? Maybe a little of both? We'll see.

Today I'm thankful for Singing Time going well, choir practice going well, making it through our Come Follow Me studies, getting to see more Holy Traveler, and getting to see more Relative Race.
Tags: family stuff, holy traveler, relative race
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