Palmyra to Kirtland
Missouri to Nauvoo to Winter Quarters
12 days, 11 nights. Experience exciting LDS Church history beginning from Mendon to Palmyra, Fayette, and the Susquehanna to Kirtland then fly to Independence and travel to Richmond, Liberty, Far West, Adam-ondi-Ahman, Quincy, Nauvoo, Carthage, and follow Brigham Young’s Iowa Trail to Winter Quarters. Combining Tours I and II saves a day in transit and considerable airline costs, too! As always, visiting sites in historical order, as we have always done, allows for clearer understanding and perspectives on this immense, crucial history.
Deluxe continental breakfasts at motels, tasty lunches (some meals served at sites such as Adam-ondi-Ahman), and wonderful catered meals or buffets for dinners. Great food is plentiful and so have been the compliments on past tours!
Endowment, sealing, or initiatory sessions at the new Nauvoo Temple. Nauvoo rents ordinance clothing. Baptisms for the dead possible; a few Melchizedek priesthood brethren from the tour likely required to assist in order to do baptisms. (2018 Notice: Nauvoo Temple closed for extended maintenance Sept 18-Dec 17. Our apologies for the inconvenience.)
Visit Palmyra Temple grounds and gather for professional group photo (small, optional expense). Tour the historic and incredible Kirtland Temple and grounds. Stop by the new Kansas City temple for a quick photo op. Also visit the beautiful Winter Quarters Temple grounds adjacent to the Pioneer Cemetery and Trail Center. There is not time to do a session without missing too many important sites and we fly home that evening; however, if your tour ends on a day the temple is open, you might opt to stay an additional night to attend the temple (call for price quote).
Niagara Falls stay, including thrilling Maid of the Mist exciting boat ride up to the Falls–Your shoes will get wet, but a raincoat is provided! Then we pick up sack lunches at a local deli to eat on the bus while traveling down the scenic Niagara River to a wonderful and fun stop in the artsy, shopping town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Two inspiring presentations by Karl R. Anderson (author, patriarch, wonderful person!) about early Kirtland and the building of the Kirtland Temple and the glorious events that took place therein. Private tour of the Kirtland Temple!
Inspiring lecture about the Lincoln-Douglas debate at the monument in Washington Park where it took place in Quincy, Illinois. Optional endowment or baptism session in the new Nauvoo Temple! Wagon ride at Mt. Pisgah on actual wagon trails used by the pioneers.
Each day starts with a hymn and a prayer and ends the same way. Presentations on the bus while traveling between the sites are inspiring and informative and are given by expert hosts who love to share this history and do so in a most inspiring way. As much as practical, sites are visited in historical order to make this complex history easier to understand and remember.
At the sites listed below, carefully-prepared vignettes and historical accounts are given of the faith promoting events that took place. At some of the sites, tour members are invited to read scriptures and words of those who were there during this crucial history.
Brigham Young, his father, and all ten living brothers and sisters joined the Church here in 1833. So did their spouses. All went through immense hardships as a result. None ever apostatized. Heber C. Kimball joined, too. Heber’s father is buried here, as is Brigham Young’s first wife, Miriam Works Young. This is a wonderful, wonderful stop. Twelve miles from Palmyra.
Smith family farm and log home where Moroni’s visits took place. Sacred Grove (including private meditation time), Hill Cumorah, Grandin Press, Martin Harris Farm, Palmyra Cemetery, group photo at the Palmyra Temple. This is an absolutely unforgettable day!
Peter Whitmer Farm where the Church was organized. Site of the visions to the three witnesses. Many D&C sections received here.
Home of Emma’s family. Book of Mormon translated here except for a few pages. Susquehanna River and the restoration of the Priesthood. Temple-like atmosphere at the Susquehanna River. Tour the newly-rebuilt homes of Joseph & Emma and her parents Isaac & Elizabeth Hale along with a beautiful visitor’s center (new renovations completed and dedicated just one year before your visit!). Visit the graves of Emma’s first child, Alvin, and her parents Isaac & Elizabeth.
Colesville & South Bainbridge NY
Visit inside the privately-held and carefully restored homes of Joseph & Emma’s friends Joseph Knight Sr (also was the home of the “Colesville Branch”)and Josiah Stowell. See site where Emma and Joseph eloped to be married by Squire Tarbell. Travel along the beautiful Susquehanna River to a proposed site where the restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood likely took place.
Did you know the Saints lived in Kirtland longer than they lived in Nauvoo? It’s true. By far, more heavenly manifestations, visitations, and revelations were received in Kirtland than any other Church history site. Feel the Spirit in the Newell K. Whitney Store (School of the Prophets; Word of Wisdom received here with several other D&C sections). Also spectacular Kirtland Visitors Center (built in 2005), the newly-restored John Johnson Inn, saw mill, ashery, and family history facilities. Visit the Isaac Morley Farm where the united order was first practiced and where a schoolhouse was the scene of heavenly direction. Enjoy a private tour of the Kirtland Temple and marvel at this still-dedicated House of the Lord.
John Johnson Farm. Joseph Smith lived here for a year while producing the “Inspired Translation” of the Bible. He was also viciously tarred and feathered here. Many sections of the D&C received including the great 76th three degrees of glory. Enjoy a delicious Amish lunch at a nearby village.
(Fly from Cleveland to Kansas City – saves two days over traveling by bus! and keeps our visits in historical order)
Location of the Garden of Eden. Center of the future City of Zion (millennial world capital). Lost ten tribes to gather there and build “The New Jerusalem.” The Great Temple of Zion to be built at its center in which Christ will appear before the Second Coming.
Monument to Alexander Doniphan, one of the greatest Americans in history (saved the life of Joseph Smith). Experience the Rebuking of the Guards narration of Parley P. Pratt where the Richmond Jail once stood. Also visit: the grave of Oliver Cowdery – hear his testimony in first person; the grave of Judge Austin King, and the grave of David Whitmer and hear his testimony in first person.
See Liberty Jail where Joseph Smith and others were held captive for five months. Inspiring visitor’s center. Wonderful presentations by full-time missionaries.
Far West MO
Last gathering place for the saints before the Missouri expulsion. Dedicated temple site. We hear from: Emma Smith, Mary Fielding, Haun’s Mill eyewitness, miracle of the departure of the Twelve on missions to England from the south-east cornerstone of the temple lot prophesied in D&C 118.
Adam dwelt here after expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Three years before his death, he blessed his posterity and prophesied important future events of this earth. A great meeting will take place here before the Second Coming, attended by millions from both worlds. Every prophet who ever held keys will report his stewardship to Adam and return keys to him. The Lord will then appear and Satan will be stripped of his power. Finally, Adam will deliver the keys to Jesus Christ in preparation for His thousand-year reign.
Town that rescued 5,000 Mormon refugees when driven from Missouri in the winter of 1839. It is a beautiful, small city that has been richly blessed and protected ever since. Also enjoy a visit to a Lincoln-Douglas debate site visit with an expert on Abraham Lincoln.
Town (what’s left of it) that raised the mob that killed Joseph Smith. See stark contrast with Quincy.
Fabulous, new Nauvoo Temple! Attend an optional temple session or do baptisms for the dead. Also tour many wonderfully restored homes and shops with senior missionaries as they teach about pioneer life and the inspiring people who lived in these many homes and shops. Delightful Pioneer entertainment. Private, after-hours Red Brick Store presentation in the sacred upper room where the temple endowment was first given and the Relief Society was organized.
Visit Carthage Jail and Visitors’ Center with the missionaries as they tell of the events of the martyrdom of the prophet Joseph and his faithful brother, Hyrum. Always a very emotional experience.
Garden Grove IA
Major pioneer exodus camp half-way across Iowa. Great food. Friendly people.
Mt Pisgah IA
Wagon ride on the actual trails of the pioneer wagons at the Mt. Pisgah monument. It was the largest temporary settlement on the long trek west. It enabled the poorer saints to pause for a year or so to raise crops for “a year’s supply of food” before proceeding 1200 miles to the Salt Lake Valley.
Winter Quarters NE
Outstanding visitors’ center and cemetery, where the pioneers camped in sod huts, dug-out caves, and crude cabins that awful winter of 1846-47 before embarking for the Salt Lake Valley.
We hope you can join us for this extraordinary GRAND TOUR and experience, in a most memorable way, where the First Vision took place, where the Book of Mormon came forth, where many of our early prophets began their ministry, and where the Church began. We’ll then fly to Kansas City to begin the second portion of the tour visiting and learning about the historic and prophetic sites of Independence, Liberty, Far West, and Adam-ondi-Ahman. We will travel to wonderfully restored sites in Nauvoo and Carthage and follow the Mormon trail across Iowa to Winter Quarters Nebraska. Twelve days of incredible sites, an uplifting temple session, and inspiring presentations–all in one Grand Tour.
This is truly a superior tour at a modest price – actually a fantastic price!
We hope that you will join us for this GRAND TOUR and experience in a most-memorable way what are truly Holy Lands of North America.
Price each by number of persons per motel room: INCLUDING SLC airfare!**
|Tour Number||Days||Depart||Return||Price if One per room||Price each if Two per room||Price each if Three per room||Price each if Four per room||Comments||Tour Hosts|
|GT24||12||Mon June 4, 2018||Fri June 15, 2018||$3170||$2790||$2615||$2530||Lovely early-summer weather and summertime Nauvoo entertainment. Optional Nauvoo Temple session.||John Shoell and Missy Shoell Chavez|
|GT25||12||Mon Sept 24, 2018||Fri Oct 5, 2018||$3170||$2790||$2615||$2530||Tour returns to SLC the night before General Conference. |
Delightful late-summer season, pleasant temperatures.
|Dave Robinson (week 1); Bob Jones (week 2)
Above schedule is updated promptly as new dates and details are announced…
Current passport or passport card will be required as this tour enters Canada for beautiful Niagara Falls visit. Click on the link for US passport info: http://travel.state.gov/passport/forms/forms_847.html
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No surprise add-ons!
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