Whenever you leave home for school, you often leave behind family and loved ones. That is what students at the BYU Jerusalem Center face every time they choose to study abroad. Because of this, often the students bond together into a family unit. That is what happened with the students of the 2016 BYU Jerusalem Center summer program. In the middle of their summer studies, tragedy stuck back home for one of the students, Rebekah. Her sister Rachel passed away unexpectedly.
Everyone wanted to help Rebekah. It was in the middle of this, that one student, Allie Gardner, had an idea while she sat at church overlooking Jerusalem. She loved to sing and the idea was to make a music video with all the students testifying of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Eternal Families, and the promise that Rebekah would see her Rachel again. She shared her idea with some of the other students, they loved the idea. One student, Kathryn, who had a talent for photography became the videographer for the project. Allie and Kathryn spearheaded the project.
The idea was simple. They were living in Jerusalem. They were already planning on visiting sites in and around Jerusalem, sites ranging from the Holy Sepulchre to Capernaum, the Garden Tomb, the Sea of Galilee, the Pools of Bethesda, and more. As they would visit these sites they would film Allie singing. As Allie put it “My mind’s eye was totally opened. I saw the exact shots we needed to take, exactly where we needed to go. I was filled with a sense of urgency to get started.” The song they choose was “I know That My Redeemer Lives.”
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.