SALT LAKE CITY — The Connection between Utah and Israel became much stronger this past year when the the priceless, precious Dead Sea Scrolls came to Utah.
KSL's Carole Mikita, Ken Fall and Candice Madsen traveled to Jerusalem and were given unprecedented access to the Israel Antiquities Authority's state-of-the-art lab where preservation work goes on.
More than 600 artifacts, some of them leaving Israel for the first time, have come from Jerusalem to an exhibition at the Leonardo in Salt Lake City.
We traveled to the caves of Qumran where the 2,000-year-old scrolls were discovered, and we toured the holy sites of people of many faiths and denominations.
We went inside the Old City and talked to residents to experience the feel of stepping back in time.
"My neighbors are Christians and Jews. I have no problem withe them, not at all," said antiquities dealer Sami Taha.
We visited the Brigham Young University Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies, talking with the directors and the students to see how they contribute to the community.
"When the student's come here, we ask them to keep their minds open and to develop respect for the different cultures and different people," said Eran Eayet, Executive Director at the Jerusalem Center.
And we heard from Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, about the center's history and his hope for the future.
"The expenditure of heart and soul to get (the Jerusalem Center) built — it's a very personal thing for me. I get emotional about it," Holland said.
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