“Breathtaking scenery, stunning miracles, amazing museums & castles, ancient sites, bounteous Early Apostle Missionary adventures, unsurpassed treachery toward Bible Translators, even intriguing romance–& so much more.” Sound like the latest blockbuster hit? Even better!–YOU can EXPERIENCE these unforgettable events July 26-August 4 on our LDS British Church History and Bible Translators’ Tour.
Register by May 4 to secure your spot, where seating is limited, for an early sign-up rate! Price after that date is subject to current airline rates. Join veteran British Church History guides for this one-of-a-kind tour. Our expert tour guides’ unique knowledge, access, and contacts provide what no other group can offer. With all of this plus very nice lodging, delicious meals, and free time in exciting London there is no reason for you not to join us!
Stunning museums, beautiful castles, incredible libraries, ancient churches, amazing Early Apostle Missionaries and Bible Translators sites are just a few reasons to experience LDS British Church History and Bible Translators Tour on May 26-June 6
Sign up by Feb 22nd to join veteran British Church History guides for this one-of-a-kind tour. Our expert tour guides’ unique knowledge, access, and contacts provide what no other group can offer. With beautiful scenery, very nice lodging, delicious meals, and amazing historic sites there is no reason for you not to join us!
The structure was built in 1836 as a religious meetinghouse by the United Brethren, a group of breakaway Primitive Methodists led by Thomas Knighton. In 1840, Latter Day Saint missionary and apostle Wilford Woodruff preached among the United Brethren; ultimately all but one of the 600 members of the United Brethren were converted to Mormonism. After the conversions, the structure was deeded to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints by Knighton and John Benbow.
As a chapel of the early Latter Day Saint movement, the building was a centre of activity for the church in the Malvern Hills area. The chapel was sold by the church in 1842 to help fund the emigration of British Latter Day Saints to America.
The building was privately owned until it was purchased in 1994 by the Gadfield Elm Trust, a group of LDS Church members interested in preserving the chapel. The Trust renovated and restored the chapel, and it was dedicated by LDS Church apostle Jeffrey R. Holland on 23 April 2000.
In 2004, the Gadfield Elm Trust donated ownership of the chapel to the LDS Church, and it was rededicated by church president Gordon B. Hinckley on 26 May 2004. The chapel is operated as a historical tourist site by the LDS Church and admission to the public is free.
For more information about other amazing British Isles sites, visit our England & Wale’s 400th Bible Commemoration Tour Page.
Preston was the place that the church was officially established on British soil in 1837 & where this year (2011) a huge 400th Bible Anniversary Celebration is to take place which includes a 400-voice choir!
Elder Heber C. Kimball and Orson Hyde went on the first England Mission and served from JULY 1837- APRIL 1838. When they arrived in Preston it was election day. Her Majesty, Queen Victoria, had ordered a general election for members of Parliament. As they exited the coach they saw a flag flying that had on it the following motto: ‘TRUTH WILL PREVAIL.’ They decided to take make this the theme of their mission.
On July 30, 1837 (Sunday), in the River Ribble, nine souls were initiated into the kingdom of God. They were the first fruits of the Gospel in a foreign land. Starting out with only 9 members, Preston caught on fire and the gospel continued to spread, igniting city after city. The Preston Ward holds the honor of being the oldest continuously functioning LDS Church unit in the world.
In 1840, all the Apostles where called to serve as a quorum on a second mission to England. During that time, they held several council meetings in Preston of which they set apart Willard Richards as an Apostle, agreed to choose and ordain a patriarch (Peter Melling, a native of Preston), made important decisions regarding Church publications, and discussed in some detail the all-important subject of emigration.
For more information visit our England Tour Page. Learn about the 400th Anniversary Bible Translation Commemoration!
Time is Running Out to secure group airfare savings and join with Mormon Heritage Association for two unique tours this May! Our one-of-a-kind England & Wales tour and our Awesome Israel tour are sure to inspire and satisfy.
Register by Feb 1 for the England & Wales tour to secure your group airfare savings! Register by April 19 for best availability for our Awesome Israel tour. Visit our tour pages or call 801-272-5601 or toll free 1-866-335-5601 for more information on these amazing opportunities. After Feb 1, prices subject to air seat availability and likely higher prices as offered by the airlines.
Over the last several months Mormon Times has been spot lighting British Isles’ Early Church History Sites. Many of which are visited in our England and Wales Tour. Why not join us and visit the actual places where these amazing events took place?