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Kalli (Kamauoha) Wilson Kalli (Kamauoha) Wilson wrote on May 18, 2016 at 6:15 am:
When I think of Rebecca, I just laugh because we had so much fun together while students at the BYU Jerusalem Center. She was very fun, friendly, kind and adventurous. One day we decided that we would go explore the Old City together with another friend, Nate Sanders. We took a different road that day than we normally took and stumbled upon a site that said "Birthplace of the Virgin Mary." It was old and falling apart (and probably not authentic) . Really it looked more like a hole in the wall, but we decided to check it out. There was an old Arab man with a nearly toothless grin (his remaining teeth were stained by red tea) who guided us around his little cavern. It was odd and we just chuckled a little as he proceeded to show us his make shift memorials, burning candles and a bowl of holy water (I think he actually offered to baptize us on the spot). Anyway, it was an interesting stop. The short tour ended and as we were leaving, he first grab my face and planted a huge kiss on my lips. I was in complete shock and before I could react, he grabbed Rebecca's cheeks and planted a greasy kiss on her lips (I am sure she almost hurled). I didn't even have time to react to warn her what was coming. We promptly left. We were stunned and then vigorously wiping our lips as much as we possibly could, we burst out laughing. We were so caught off guard and so grossed out, but we couldn't stop laughing. Needless to say, we never went there again, but that is my favorite memory with Rebecca. I actually do have a picture of us standing there after we had been kissed. It still make me chuckle and she really was such a good sport. When I think of her, I think of her pure, gentle, playful soul and beautiful smile. I was blessed to know her and spent one of the richest parts of my life in the Holy Lands with her. My heart goes out to her family. I know her sweet legacy will live on through her beautiful children. Love you friend.