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Temples of Rome, Journeys of Paul & The Holy Land  

Our Most Popular Tour

From Istanbul October 23 - Nov 5, 2015 

13 Night - 14 Day Cruise and Tour!

When is comes to gaining gospel knowledge, it is best have your spiritual feast along with a  temporal one.  This extensive cruise/tour includes lectures at sea by Bruce H. Porter, AND visits to Turkey, The Holy Land and Italy.

 

Discover the home of the Bible and visit the sites of both the Old and New Testaments, focusing on the Life of Christ.  Every hill, every stone has a story to tell and a testimony to bare of the divinity of the Bible.  You will never read the scriptures the same as your mind and memory will take you to Israel and our journeys again and again.

 

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Ship Itinerary

DAY DATE    PORT                                                         ARRIVE   DEPART

Fri    Oct 23 Istanbul, Turkey (use Ship as a Hotel) Embark

Sat   Oct 24  Istanbul, Turkey (set sail at 2pm)                            2:00pm

Sun  Oct 25  Ephesus / Kusadasi, Turkey                   10:00am  7:00pm

Mon Oct 26 Lectures At Sea w/ Bruce H. Porter  

Tue  Oct 27  Haifa, Israel (Galilee)                                7:00am   9:30pm

Wed Oct 28  Jerusalem / Tel Aviv (Ashdod), Israel  6:30am 

Thu  Oct 29  Jerusalem / Tel Aviv (Ashdod), Israel                   8:30pm

Fri    Oct 30  Lectures At Sea w/ Bruce H. Porter  

Sat   Oct 31   Lectures At Sea w/ Bruce H. Porter  

Sun  Nov 1   Valletta, Malta                                            8:00am   5:00pm

Mon Nov 2  Messina, Sicily, Italy                                 8:00am   5:00pm

Tue  Nov 3   Naples / Capri (Sorrento), Italy             7:00am   6:30pm

Wed Nov 4  Rome,                                                           5:00am                  Visit the LDS Temple, The Vatican, the Trevi Fountain, St Peter's Square, Spanish Steps, Colosseum..(We will still visit the Temple site whether it is completed or not) hotel: http://www.hotelmedici.com/en/

Thur Nov 5 Depart Rome for USA

Presenters:
Bruce H. Porter
Topics:
  • Journey's of Paul

  • Doctrine of Baptism

  • Doctrine of the Higher Law - The Temple

  • Joseph Smith, The Book of Abraham and the Facsimiles

  • Science and Religion

  • Explanation of Evolution

  • Presentation notes given to participants

Trip Pricing Details:

$2995 Per Person double occupancy (inside cabin)

- single supplement add $1500 - 3rds and 4ths each $2295

$3395 Per Person double occupancy (Ocean View Cabin)

- single supplement add $1650 - 3rds and 4ths each $2695

$3695 Per Person double occupancy (Balcony Cabin)

- single supplement add $1800 - 3rds and 4ths each $2995

$5395 Per Person double occupancy (Suite)

- single supplement add $2550 - 3rds and 4ths each $4895

 

INCLUDES ALL PORT FEES AND TAXES! (airfare is additional)

(Hold your space now with $800 deposit per person)

 

OUR Optional Shore Excursion Package is $700 per person

(The price of these excursions on the ship is over $1000)_

(Includes escorted tours at Istanbul, Ephesus, Galilee, Jerusalem, Malta,  Naples and Rome!)

Bruce H. Porter earned his bachelor's degree in Ancient Near Eastern Studies from BYU and went on to receive his master's degree in Middle East Studies with an emphasis in Semitic languages.  His PhD is in the field of History of Religions, with emphasis in Egyptian religion and textual studies, and a minor in Anthropology.

 

Brother Porter has done extensive research for the Religious Studies Center on the Pearl of Great Price and the Book of Abraham as well as in major museums and libraries of Europe and the United States.  He has presented papers fo rthe Society for Early Historic Archaeology and the Journal of  Egyptian Archaeology.  Brother Porter co-authored a paper with Stpehen Ricks published in By Study and Also By Faith, a two-volume work honoring the late Hugh Nibley.  During his graduate work, he assisted in the writing of a documentary on Egyptian archaeology and worked as a technical director on the film.  Now semi-retired,  he is a sought after speaker and hosts tours.

 

Brother Porter belies the popular image of the staid, distant professor type.  He is affable, approachable, humorous, pre-eminently knowledgeable- and total focused on making your time with him informative, fun and memborable.  He makes people feel at ease and keeps them wanting more.  Ask him questions and you can expect real answers in return.  Happy and satisfied defines the many fortunate people who have completed tours with him or attended his presentations.

 

In essence, nobody does it better than Bruce Porter-author, scholar, presenter and your tour guide extraordinaire.

     

A Lamb Prepared

 

Bruce H. Porter

The verses below were written as a result of the many times I have visited the Holy Land. I have experienced the whispering of the spirit to my mind and heart among the olive trees of Gethsemane, and in the garden surrounding the tomb.  These sites and the events that took place there have brought many scriptures to  mind as I would often rehearse the events of days long past.  These same scriptures have come to my mind during the many sacrament meetings as do the places and events the sacrament songs describe.  These verses were organized as I would try and focus on the life of my Savior, and his sacrifice for me.  Each line below is based in a line or verse of scripture, and some lines are directly from the scriptures themselves, others paraphrased.  The words are not mine, and I claim no poetical talent just thoughtful organization in my weaknesses.  Any credit or inspiration belongs to the inspired prophets who authored the scriptures and have born witness of the mission of Jesus Christ, to which I add my testimony also.

 

A Lamb Prepared

by Bruce H. Porter

******

A Lamb prepared in heaven’s realms,
God chose His Only Son.
Atonement infinite and true,
A work that must be done.

 

"Thy will, not mine" the Lamb declared 
Long before this earth,
Atonement made before the fall
A death for our rebirth.

 

The condescension of a God
Into mortality.
A humble birth within a cave,
To hang upon a tree.

 

A Sacrifice that’s infinite,
An offering is made.
Of man or beast it could not be,
By God it must be paid.

 

The drops of blood that stain the rocks
Within Gethsemane.
The resurrection promised, through
The death at Calvary.

 

The Blood was shed for mercy’s sake
The price that ransomed sin,
The body laid aside for man
That all might live again.

The bands of death are broken now
He died that all might live,
The chains of hell are ever loosed 
Eternal life to give.

 

Unto this end The Christ was born
For death and sin to pay,
To seal me His eternally
To live with Him someday.

 

Though my sins might be as scarlet,
Forgiveness yet I’ll know.
My garments washed in sacred blood,
White as the driven snow.

 

In confidence that waxes strong,
I’ll grasp His holy hand,
Into His presence enter in,
Before His throne to stand.

 

Encircled in His arms of love,
Atonement now fulfilled.
To be an heir, at one with God,
The second death is healed.

 

For a offering that’s sinless,
God gave His Only Son
That through the sacrifice of Christ,
The Father’s will is done.

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