June 2023

“Gethsemane,” For the Strength of Youth, Apr. 2023.

Places from the Scriptures


Learn more about the place where the Savior’s sufferings on our behalf began.

olive grove

Where Is It?

On the slope of the Mount of Olives, on the east of Jerusalem.

map of ancient Jerusalem

Jerusalem map illustration by Jim Madsen

What Was There?

A grove of olive trees and probably a press for getting oil from the olives.

olive press

What Happened Here?

After the Last Supper, Jesus Christ went with eleven of His Apostles to Gethsemane. He then went aside to pray and took Peter, James, and John with Him.

He “began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy.” He said, “My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death” (Mark 14:33–34).

He prayed, “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

“And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.

“And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground” (Luke 22:42–44).

After this intense suffering by the Savior, He was betrayed by Judas and arrested by Jewish officers and a band of Roman soldiers.

Jesus Christ in Gethsemane

Gethsemane, by Michael Malm