It hasn’t happened in our 21-years of publishing—To celebrate our Meridian birthday, we’re giving away the Ultimate Church History Tour for 2—a whopping $7,100 value—which includes two $350 airline vouchers! This is our way of saying THANK YOU for all your support and loyalty over the years. It’s so easy to enter (just your name and email), there’s no way you want to miss this opportunity.
These tours always sell out so we had to leave those two spaces open for the winners of this sweepstakes.
In order to understand the Restoration of the Gospel, you have to understand the Revolutionary War and the feelings of the people in the late 18th century. You’ll love our time as we begin in Boston, Lexington and Concord where you will feel the sentiments and begin to understand the underpinnings of the Revolution. We’ll visit the graves of Paul Revere and Sam Adams and John Hancock. We’ll climb aboard Old Ironsides—the oldest commissioned ship in the United States Navy. We’ll walk along Battle Road and stand on the Old North Bridge in Concord where the shot was fired that was “heard round the world.”
We have left the light on for you in the most charming wonderful places across the country—including the Colonial Inn in Concord, at one time the home of Henry David Thoreau, that dates clear back to 1716! We also stay at the stunning Carlisle Inn located in the heart of Amish country in Walnut Creek, Ohio. We spend an entire day with the Amish including giving you a horse-drawn buggy ride with a real Amish driver!
Maurine and I have been leading this very tour for 29 years and love every part of this journey. This is where you get to see the sweeping panoramic view of the Prophet Joseph’s life and the unfolding Restoration in a beautiful 15-day journey from Sharon, Vermont to the Carthage Jail. We follow Joseph’s life chronologically and truly get to know the Prophet.
We know you have always wanted to see ALL the significant early Church History sites and now is the time! Many of you have been to Nauvoo or just to Palmyra, or perhaps to Kirtland—but now you will have the opportunity to see all these sacred sites.
We know these places and the stories that bring them to life and we love to teach and share this amazing part of our sacred heritage. If you have ever thought about going on a Church History tour, this may very well be your year because you may very well be the grand prize winner! One tour participant once exclaimed about our tour: “This is not the ULTIMATE Church History Tour…It is the ONLY Church History Tour!”
We will be leading this year’s tour from October 5-19, 2020. It’s the perfect time of year for this incredible tour. It will begin the day after General Conference.
WARNING: This is a life-changing experience!
Below is a thorough look at what we do. Read through the daily itinerary and then think about how exciting this would be to WIN!
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Day 1- Monday, October 5, 2020
We all fly in from our various homes to Boston today and gather at the Embassy Suites, Boston Logan Airport. (Evening snacks included at the hotel).
Day 2 – Tuesday, October 6, 2020
After breakfast, we’ll enjoy Boston, walk part of the Freedom Trail, and see “Old Ironsides” and the Old North Church. A memorable lecture given at Harvard Square in Cambridge will ring in your ears throughout the trip. We’ll get a feeling for the American Revolution and then let you have an enjoyable hour at Quincy Market for dinner where you’ll see the famous Faneuil Hall. Tonight we stay at the Colonial Inn in Concord, one of the oldest Inn’s in American (dates to 1716) and once owned by Henry David Thoreau. (Meals: B,D)
Day 3 – Wednesday, October 7, 2020
This morning we will relive the first moments of the Revolutionary War and see the place where the shot was fired that was “heard around the world”. We will travel along Battle Road, stopping at various points, and even see where Paul Revere was captured by the British. You will come to know Lexington and Concord, and understand those events which brought about the Independence of this great nation and set the stage for the birthplace of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the latter days. In the afternoon we will visit Louisa May Alcott’s home and see the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery where Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and the Alcott’s are buried. Tonight we will have a meal together at Longfellow’s Wayside Inn in Sudbury—the oldest Inn in America. Here we will see one of New England’s most picturesque sites and perhaps her most famous mill. We will stay again tonight at the Colonial Inn. (Meals: B, D)
Day 4 – Thursday, October 8, 2020
Very early this morning we leave for Sharon, Vermont and up Dairy Hill where we will experience strong feelings of the Spirit at the birthplace of the prophet Joseph. We will visit the towns of Sharon, Turnbridge, and drive past the Smith stomping grounds of Norwich and West Lebanon. Here we will get a feel for the first twenty years of marriage of Lucy Mack and Joseph Smith, Sr. This evening we will have dinner and stay in the quaint and charming Best Western Inn & Suites in Rutland, VT. (Meals B, D)
Day 5 – Friday, October 9, 2020
Leaving New England the scenery changes as we wind our way south and west to fertile fields and lovely lands of Western New York. We will enjoy stories of early church leaders of the church, where they came from and how they came to know the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Tonight we will stay in the Woodcliff Hotel and Spa in Fairport (near Rochester), New York (right near the old Erie Canal and not too far from Palmyra) and ready ourselves for a spiritual feast tomorrow. Dinner will be at your discretion with a cash stipend at the amazing Wegmans Food Store & Deli (you will love Wegmans). (Meals: B, D)
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Day 6 – Saturday, October 10, 2020
We will arise early and be at the Sacred Grove by 8:00 AM. For many this experience is the highlight of the whole trip. We will have our own, individual quiet time in the Grove. Afterwards, we will enjoy the Smith farm, tour the Smith frame House and the Smith Log Cabin (where the Angel Moroni visited the prophet). We will also visit the Hill Cumorah, Martin Harris Farm, the E.B. Grandin Printing Complex and the downtown village of Palmyra. Our little walk up the hill to the Smith Cemetery will touch you as we gather at the grave of Alvin Smith. This afternoon we will have the opportunity of attending a session at the Palmyra Temple (be sure you bring your own temple clothes). Dinner will be at a local restaurant before we stay again at the Woodcliff Hotel tonight. (Meals: B, D)
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Day 7 – Sunday, October 11, 2020
Today is a VERY BIG day! This morning we head to Fayette where the Whitmers lived and the Church was legally organized on Tuesday, April 6, 1830. Twenty revelations for the Doctrine and Covenants were received here or near here. This is also the place where Martin Harris, Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer received their special witnesses of the plates. We will attend sacrament meeting at the beautiful Fayette Ward then head south to Harmony, Pennsylvania to visit the beautiful Priesthood Restoration site. Here we will see the reconstructed homes of Joseph and Emma Smith, Isaac and Elizabeth Hale, and the section of woods where John the Baptist restored the priesthood. A good part of the Book of Mormon was translated here in Joseph and Emma’s Cabin. We will walk along the banks of the Susquehanna River where the first baptisms were performed in this dispensation. Later this evening we check into the Double Tree Inn in Binghamton for dinner and our overnight stay. (Meals: B, D)
Day 8 – Monday, October 12, 2020
Today we travel through some of the western regions of New York and review the missionary labors of Samuel Smith and Parley P. Pratt. The latter headed for Ohio where their labors would change the history of the Church because of the conversion of his very good friend, Sidney Rigdon. About midmorning we will make a stop in Corning, New York at the glass factory en route to Kirkland, Ohio. We reach Kirtland in the late afternoon and tour the Newell K. Whitney home and Store as well as see some of the other Kirkland sites. Be prepared for a spiritual feast at the Whitney Store. Dinner will be at the “Olive Garden” before checking into the very charming and lovely Best Western Lawnfield Inn & Suites in Mentor, Ohio. (Meals: B, D)
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Day 9 – Tuesday, October 13, 2020
This morning Breakfast is provided at the hotel before we visit the Morley Farm then tour the Kirkland Temple where The Lord Himself appeared as did Moses, Elias, Elijah, and numerous other angels. After lunch we will travel on to the Johnson farm in Hiram, Ohio where the vision of the three degrees of glory was received. Here the Prophet and Sidney Rigdon were mobbed, beaten and the Prophet tarred and feathered. This afternoon we travel to the heart of the Ohio Amish Country for an old-fashioned home style meal at the Dutch Valley Restaurant. We stay tonight at the charming Carlisle Inn in Sugar Creek. (Meals: B, D)
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Day 10 – Wednesday, October 14, 2020
This morning we will have the rare opportunity to spend more time with the Amish, touring their charming villages, seeing some of their local markets and talking to the people. You will love this experience and even have a chance to do some shopping! Later this afternoon we will depart for the Cleveland airport for our flight to Kansas City. Our hotel for the next two nights is the Embassy Suites in Kansas City, Missouri. (Meals: B, D)
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Day 11 – Thursday, October 15, 2020
This morning we will visit Independence, Missouri. Here we will see the original temple lot, tour the Community of Christ (RLDS) temple (time permitting), enjoy the LDS visitor’s center and see the Jackson County Courthouse. We then head north to the Liberty Jail where the Prophet and his companions were imprisoned through the cold winter months of 1838/1839. Here we will feel the Spirit as we read the revelations and hear the voices of the past. Time permitting we will make a brief photo stop at the Kansas City Missouri Temple. This evening we will have a wonderful meal at the Cracker Barrel. (Meals: B, D)
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Day 12 – Friday, October 16, 2020
We head for our morning teaching time and meditational time at a very, very special place: Adam-ondi-Ahman! We then visit the Temple site at Far West before heading east along the approximate path the Saints were driven out of Missouri. We will be staying at the Nauvoo Family Inn and Suites for the remaining nights of our journey. (Meals: B, D)
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Day 13 – Saturday, October 17, 2020
This morning we step back in time and spend a glorious day touring the sites of Old Nauvoo—beginning with our own special early-morning session in the stunning Nauvoo Temple. We’ll hear stories of the past and get a feel for “the City of Joseph”. We will see the moving Relief Society Gardens where thirteen monuments to women will touch your soul. We will tour Brigham Young’s home, the Printing Complex, the Blacksmith Shop, the Seventies Hall, the Browning Gunsmith Shop and Home and as many other places as we can squeeze in. You may receive a Nauvoo brick and a special prairie diamond as authentic souvenirs. Tonight we will dine at the old Nauvoo Hotel with their wonderful all-you-can eat dinner buffet. Don’t miss their amazing cinnamon buns! (Meals: B, D)
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Day 14 – Sunday, October 18, 2020
We will attend the early Sacrament Meeting in the Nauvoo Ward, and then tour more of Nauvoo. This afternoon we travel south and east to our final stop, the Carthage Jail. Here you will have one of the highlight experiences of the trip as we review the events of the Carthage Jail, and talk about our feelings for Joseph and Hyrum. We end the tour with a testimony meeting in Nauvoo. (Meals: B, L)
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Day 15 – Monday, October 19, 2020
As we say our farewells to Nauvoo this morning, we continue on to Mark Twain’s Hannibal on the Mississippi River where we’ll take a special luncheon cruise on a riverboat. You’ll delight in hearing the stories and folklore of the River. Following lunch, we’ll immediately drive to St. Louis for our evening flights home. (B, L)