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 Bicentennial Tour – The 200th Anniversary of the First Vision

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(pictures: Palmyra Temple and a path leading to the Sacred Grove)
Join us on this spiritual journey to the sites of the Restoration as we visit Palmyra, Fayette, Susquehanna, and Kirtland!  Be taught while traveling and on site by historical guides and set apart missionaries.  Hear the stories and read the revelations at the actual sites where they took place.  We won’t just talk about the history of these places, but how the stories of the past can help us draw closer to the Savior in our everyday lives! 
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Below is a brief outline of the trip.

April 13:  Arrive in Rochester, NY.  A shuttle van will be waiting to take you to our hotel.  We will hold a short fireside this evening and discuss our upcoming trip itinerary.


April 14: We will spend a full day seeing the sites in Palmyra.  Our stops will include the Sacred Grove, the Smith palmyra-kirtland-woodsFamily Farm, the rebuilt log home where the Moroni visits took place, the Visitor’s Center, the Hill Cumorah, the Grandin Press (where the Book of Mormon was first published), the Martin Harris Farm, the Palmyra Cemetery, and the exterior of the Palmyra Temple.  We have set aside two hours this morning for you to enjoy the Sacred Grove on your own.  There will also be time to attend the Palmyra Temple for those interested. (Breakfast and Lunch provided)
April 15: OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Today we move travel to Fayette, NY and visit the Peter Whitmer Farm.  This is where the Church was officially organized.  We then journey on to Harmony, PA and the Susquehanna River.  It was here that the Priesthood was restored and where most of the Book of Mormon was translated.  **Brand New:  The Church has recently rebuilt Joseph and Emma’s home, installed new statues and historical markers, and built a new Visitors’ Center on the banks of the Susquehanna River.  Be one of the first to tour these brand new historical sites! (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner provided)
April 16: 
We will travel to Hiram, Ohio today and visit the John Johnson Farm.  It was here that Section 76 was received.  Joseph and Sidney saw the Celestial Kingdom, the Father and the Savior, and many other things in the upper room of this home.  This is a very sacred place.  We will then continue on to Kirtland and hold a devotional on the grounds of the Kirtland Temple.  (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner provided)
April 17: Our full day in Kirtland begins with a private tour of the interior of the Kirtland Temple.  Throughout Kirtland Temple2the day, we will also visit the Kirtland Visitors’ Center, the Newell K. Whitney home where Joseph and Emma lived, the Newell K. Whitney store which included the School of the Prophets and where many revelations (including the Word of Wisdom) were received, the John Johnson Inn where the Church periodical The Evening and Morning Star was published, the reconstructed Kirtland Schoolhouse, the Kirtland Ashery and a reconstructed water-powered sawmill, a home of the Prophet Joseph Smith, the Chaplin Forest Stone Quarry where much of the stone for the Kirtland Temple was obtained, and the Morley Farm where the first missionaries were sent out from and where the first High Priest were ordained.  Later in the day, we will travel to Hiram, Ohio and visit the John Johnson Farm.  It was here that Section 76 was received.  Joseph and Sidney saw the Celestial Kingdom, the Father and the Savior, and many other things in the upper room of this home.  This is a very sacred place. (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner provided)
April 18:  A shuttle will be available to take you to the Cleveland, OH airport for your flight home today. (Breakfast provided)

Pricing is per person and based on occupancy:

Double Occupancy: $1,199
Triple Occupancy: $1,099
Quad Occupancy: $999
Single Occupancy: $1,589
Prices include: personal tour guide/historian, air conditioned deluxe chartered ground transportation, all hotels, all meals as indicated above, cold bottled water each day, on bus history lectures, materials & handouts, and entrance fees.  Price does not include airfare or bus driver gratuities.  Please see below for additional airfare information. 

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Join Tom Pettit and visit the Church history sites of Palmyra, Fayette, Susquehanna, and Kirkland.  Learn more about Tom by visiting his Blog and by visiting our About Us page.  Hear Tom tell the stories and teach the revelations at the actual sites they took place at!  Tom’s unique focus on these tours is not to just teach the history, but to help you draw closer to the Savior by applying the lessons learned from these historical events to your own daily life.  Tom has become a student of the information taught on this and other Church history tours.  He has been teaching the gospel to youth and adults continuously for the last 20 years by serving as a youth Sunday School teacher, an Elders Quorum presidency councilor, Ward Young Men’s Presidency councilor, Stake Young Men’s Presidency councilor, Gospel Doctrine teacher, Mission Prep class teacher, Stake Young Men’s President, and counselor in the Bishopric.  He is also a frequent guest speaker at Learn Our Religion. Tom served his mission in Australia. He and his wife Lesa have five children and live in Lehi, UT.

Booking Requirements: A $350 initial payment, per person, is required to confirm your reservations.  This $350 is credited toward your total payment.  Your $350 payment can be made when completing our online Registration Form.  Please contact us if you would prefer to pay your deposit by check.  A complete quote can be obtained by contacting us.  Upon registration, we will send you a Welcome Packet which will confirm your registration and include all the information you’ll need to prepare for the trip.

Terms and Conditions: All Rates are per person and based on hotel room occupancy.  Prices listed are cash/check prices.  If you would like to make your final payment with a credit or debit card, please add 3% for the bank’s transaction fee.

Flights:  We can help you locate the best price and the best itinerary for your flights, but you will ultimately book directly with the airline carrier.  You will need to arrange to fly into Rochester, NY and home from Cleveland, OH.  Please confirm your reservation with Living Heritage Tours prior to booking your airfare.

Hotels:  We stay at Holiday Inn’s throughout the tour.  All hotel properties are recently renovated, completely non-smoking properties.  Each hotel offers a complementary hot breakfast, coin laundry, swimming pool and jacuzzi.


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Because this is the Bicentennial Tour, commemorating the 200th anniversary of the First Vision, we expect that this tour will sell out very quickly.