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Journey Through Faith: A Transformative Church History Tour from Palmyra to Nauvoo

April 24 – May 4, 2024

Embark on a profound journey of discovery and spiritual enrichment with “Journey Through Faith: A Transformative Church History Tour from Palmyra to Nauvoo.” This meticulously crafted tour invites you to walk in the footsteps of early Church pioneers across sacred sites from Palmyra, New York, to the historic streets of Nauvoo, Illinois. Experience the serene beauty of the Sacred Grove, feel the echoes of the past in Kirtland, and explore the pivotal places of Missouri, culminating in the rich heritage of Nauvoo. With each step, immerse yourself in the stories and revelations that shaped a faith, guided by the insights of experienced tour guide Tom Pettit.

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April 24

Today you will fly into Syracuse, New York.  There are no group activities today so you can fly anytime that is most convenient for you.

April 25

We will spend a full day seeing the sites in Palmyra.  Our stops will include the Sacred Grove, the Smith Family Farm, the rebuilt log home where the Moroni visits took place, 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. Depending on temple schedule, there might be time to attend the Palmyra Temple. This will be determined later. (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner provided)

April 26

Today we travel 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.  The new Priesthood Restoration Site was dedicated in September 2016.  The site now includes the Joseph and Emma Smith Home, the Isaac Hale Home, statues, historical markers, and a new Visitors’ Center.  We will keep to our chronological order of Church history by then traveling to Fayette, NY where we will visit the Peter Whitmer Farm.  This is where the Church was officially organized.  It was also in Fayette that the Three Witnesses saw the angel and the plates.  Some of the Book of Mormon was also translated at the Whitmer Farm.  (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner provided)

April 27

We will spend several hours at Niagara Falls today.  There are many attractions to participate in, including the Maid of the Mist boat ride which will give us an up-close view of the Falls. Later, we will make our way to Kirtland.  (Breakfast, and Dinner provided)

April 28

We will join a local ward for Sacrament Meeting this morning before we start the Kirtland portion of our Church History Tour. After Sacrament Meeting, we will have a tour of the interior of the Kirtland Temple. It was here that the Savior appeared to Joseph and Oliver. Moses, Elias, and Elijah also appeared and restored Keys of the Priesthood. We will visit the Kirtland Visitors’ Center, the Newell K. Whitney home (where Joseph and Emma lived), and the Newell K. Whitney store (which included the School of the Prophets and where many revelations, including the Word of Wisdom, were received). 

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April 29

Our day begins in Hiram, Ohio at 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. In the afternoon, we will fly from Cleveland, Ohio to Kansas City, Missouri. We fly to Kansas City to avoid a 10 hour bus ride, plus it keeps the sites we visit in chronological order. This flight is INCLUDED in the price of the tour. (Breakfast provided)

April 30

It will be a full day of sightseeing today as we visit the Visitors’ Center in Independence, the reconstructed Liberty Jail, and the cornerstones of the temple in Far West. We will also visit Adam-ondi-Ahman and discuss the great future Sacrament meeting which will be held there. As we travel between these sites, we will listen on the bus about the Missouri Experience, Mormon Battalion, Zion’s Camp, and the Pioneers. (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner provided)

May 1

On our way to Nauvoo, we will stop for a couple of hours to explore Mark Twain’s hometown of Hannibal, Missouri. The rest of the day will be spent seeing the sites of historic Nauvoo which include Joseph Smith’s home and grave site, the Red Brick Store, the Relief Society Statue Gardens, Carriage & Wagon rides, the Seventies Hall, Brigham Young’s home, Wilford Woodruff’s home, Heber C. Kimball’s home, and many other historical sites. You may also want to visit the Visitors’ Center to discover your personal Nauvoo heritage. (Breakfast and Dinner provided)

May 2

 Our second full day in Nauvoo! Our second full day in Nauvoo will include the sites we missed yesterday, plus many other historic homes and sites. You may want to visit the Browning Home & Gun Shop, the John Taylor Home, the Lucy Mack Smith Home, the Nauvoo Groves, Pioneer Pastimes, the Print Shop, the Scovil Bakery, the Tin Shop, the Blacksmith Shop and so much more! If open, there will be time to attend the Nauvoo Temple this afternoon. (Breakfast and Dinner provided)


May 3

We will start our day at Carthage Jail.  It was here that Joseph and Hyrum sealed their testimonies as martyrs. The rest of the day will be spent enjoying Nauvoo. We will walk the Trail of Hope (or you can ride along in the bus). There will be time to attend the Nauvoo Temple again today.  After dinner, we will travel to St. Louis, MO. (Breakfast and Dinner provided)


May 4

The free hotel shuttle will transfer you to the airport for your flight home from the St. Louis, MO airport. There are no group activities today so you can fly anytime that is most convenient for you. (Breakfast provided)

Pricing Information

Prices include: Deluxe chartered bus, all hotels, almost every meal, personal tour guide (Tom Pettit), on bus history lectures and stories, all fees, Maid of the Mist boat ride at Niagara Falls, and airfare from Cleveland, OH to Kansas City, MO.  Price does not include airfare to Syracuse, NY or home from St. Louis, MO. Please see below for additional airfare information.


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Frequently Asked Questions

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An initial payment of $300, per person, is required to confirm your reservations. This payment is applied to your total amount due.

All Rates are per person and based on hotel room occupancy. Prices listed are cash/check prices. If you wish to pay by credit card, the bank’s 2.9% transaction fee will be added to your final balance. There is no fee to use a card when registering.

Depending on the schedule of each temple, you might have the opportunity to attend the Palmyra Temple, the Kansas City Temple, and the Nauvoo Temple during the tour.

You will need to purchase two one-way flights. The first flight on April 24, 2024 is from your home airport to Syracuse, NY (airport code SYR). The second flight is to your home airport on May 4, 2024 from St. Louis, MO (airport code STL). I am happy to help you locate the best price and the best itinerary for your flights, but you will ultimately book directly with the airline carrier.

Our deluxe chartered bus provides the best comfort available for our journey. We only charter the best buses and also the best professional drivers. The bus comes equipped with a sound system, TV monitors, and restroom. We will only take one bus on each tour. Having one bus allows Tom Pettit to spend the whole day with you telling the history, doctrine, and stories. Plus, if you join a tour with more than one bus, you end up spending all of your time waiting in line for meals and the restroom!

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A Word of Thanks

Thank you for considering the Ultimate Church History Tour with Living Heritage Tours. We are very excited to help those that participate have an incredible experience that they will remember for the rest of their lives!

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 25 years by serving in various Church callings. Tom served his mission in Australia. He and his wife Lesa have five children and live in Lehi, UT.

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Hear the stories and read the revelations at the actual sites where they took place.Be taught while traveling and while visiting sacred sites by historical guides, set apart missionaries, and each other. 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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