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~~ WITNESS the Restoration, Doctrine & Covenants, and Church History come alive as you hear the stories and read the revelations at the actual sites where they took place!
We will visit all the sites of the Restoration, but we won’t just focus on the dates, locations, and events that occurred at each historical site. We are going to focus on how the lessons learned at each site can help us in our everyday life grow closer to the Savior. EXPERIENCE the spirit of these sacred sites during this once-in-a-lifetime spiritual and testimony building experience
Each tour begins in Rochester, New York and ends in Kansas City, Missouri. Attendees can fly with the group from Salt Lake City or meet the group in Rochester. This arrangement allows youth from all over the country to attend this special LIFE CHANGING ADVENTURE! You will travel with historical guides, hear from set-apart missionaries, feel the Spirit, and witness the Restoration come alive in your own life! We make sure that we learn a lot and have a ton of fun along the way.
Below is a brief outline of the trip. Click the link below for a more detailed itinerary.
The journey starts! For those departing from Salt Lake City, we will travel as a group. For those traveling from another part of the country, we will make arrangements to meet you at the Rochester airport. By flying, we eliminate 47 hours on the bus and 5 days of traveling the plains! Once in New York, a shuttle bus will take us to our hotel for dinner. We will hold a short fireside this evening and discuss our upcoming trip itinerary.
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. Our discussions today will focus on the First Vision and the Book of Mormon. Tonight, we will attend the Hill Cumorah Pageant!
Today we travel to Fayette, New York and 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. We will then travel to Harmony, PA and to the Susquehanna River where the Priesthood was restored. 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 LDS Visitors’ Center.
We depart from the Church History Sites and learn about our nation’s history. However, our focus over the next two days will be in recognizing our Heavenly Father’s hand in establishing America for the purpose of the Restoration. Our visits today include Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the exterior of the Washington DC Temple.
Our love for America and an appreciation for the freedoms we enjoy will be enhanced as we spend the day in Washington DC. We will continue to learn about Heavenly Father’s purpose of establishing America for individual freedom and as a place where the gospel could be restored. Today we will visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Memorial, war memorials, and the Smithsonian Institute Museums. We will also visit the exterior of the White House, the Capitol Building, and the Supreme Court.
Our morning begins by attending Sacrament Meeting with a ward in Virginia. We will then continue on to Hiram, Ohio and visit the John Johnson Farm. It was here that Doctrine and Covenants 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. Our day ends with a testimony meeting on the Kirtland Temple grounds.
Our first stop in Kirtland will be 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 LDS 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). We will also visit the John Johnson Inn (where the Church periodical The Evening and Morning Star was published), the reconstructed Kirtland Schoolhouse, and the Kirtland Ashery along with a reconstructed water-powered sawmill. We will visit the Morley Farm where General Conference was held, the Father and the Son appeared, where missionaries were first sent from, and where the first High Priests of this dispensation were ordained. We will also see the exterior of homes belonging to Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith, and Sidney Rigdon. We will have a catered lunch at the Chaplin Forest Stone Quarry where much of the stone for the Kirtland Temple was obtained.
Today our bus will transport us from Kirtland, OH to Nauvoo, IL. We will arrive in time to visit the exterior of the Nauvoo Temple and to enjoy the Country Fair. The Fair consists of over 20 pioneer games and activities including square dancing and racing to see who can saw a log the fastest. We will also attend the Nauvoo Pageant tonight!
Our full day in Nauvoo will be spent visiting the historic sites and home with tours given by set apart missionaries. Some of the sites we will see today include Joseph Smith’s home and gravesite, the Red Brick Store, the LDS Visitors’ Center, the Women’s Statue Gardens, the Seventies Hall, Brigham Young’s home, Wilford Woodruff’s home, Heber C. Kimball’s home, and many other historic sites. In addition to the historic sites, we will also attend The Promise, a stage production put on by the Young Performing Missionaries. Our day will end with a devotional near the Nauvoo Temple and by attending the British Pageant.
This morning we will visit Carthage Jail where Joseph and Hyrum sealed their testimonies. Then it is back to Nauvoo for a walk down the Trail of Hope. This is the street that the Saints walked just before crossing the Mississippi River. It was here that the Pioneers took their first steps toward the Salt Lake Valley. Later tonight, we will attend the outdoor stage variety show Sunset on the Mississippi.
Today we will start the Missouri portion of our trip. We will have a picnic lunch at Adam-ondi-Ahman and discuss the great future Sacrament meeting which will be held there. We will then travel on to Far West and see the cornerstones of that future temple. We will visit the LDS Visitors’ Center and reconstructed Liberty Jail. Our last site to visit will be the LDS Visitors’ Center in Independence. As we travel between these sites, we will listen on the bus about the Mormon Battalion, Zion’s Camp, and the Pioneers.
We fly home today from Kansas City, Missouri. Please click our Detailed Itinerary link for specific daily activities.
Prices include deluxe chartered bus, all hotels, 3 meals per day, personal tour guides & historians, chaperons, materials & handouts, ground transportation for the airport, daily snacks & water, backpack, notebook & journal, and all entrance fees. Price does not include airfare. Please see below for airfare details.
Our church history tours for youth sell out very early. By registering, and paying the initial payment of $400, your spot is secured on our trip. The $400 is fully refundable until 90 days prior to departure. If your ward/stake youth camps end up conflicting with our tour dates, we can move you to another tour date, or refund your money.
Tom Pettit is the owner of Living Heritage Tours and conducts Church History Tours several times each year. Of all the tours he leads, LDS Youth Church History Tours is his absolute favorite one to do. Since returning from his mission to Australia, Tom has spent the past 16 years teaching the gospel to youth and adults through church callings, church history tours, and speaking engagements. Tom also shares the gospel by teaching the events of the Restoration and by teaching the doctrine of the Latter-Day revelations at the actual sites where they took place! 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 loves church history because of the revealed truths, the clarity of God’s love for His children, and the inspiring stories of those early Saints. Check out our About Us page to learn more about Tom Pettit and Living Heritage Tours. Find articles relating the LDS Church History written by Tom by visiting his Blog.
Chaperones: Our chaperones are recently returned sister missionaries who bring a contagious passion for the gospel to the tour. They are living proof that living the gospel can bring so much happiness into our lives. They are anxious to share their testimonies, knowledge of the gospel, and their righteous examples with those who join the tour.
Blog: Follow our blog at www.tomcpettit.com for updated information, and to preview the topics discussed at each historical site.
Roommates: You are guaranteed to room with your friends or family members. Just let us know who you want to room with and we will make sure it happens. Most attendees come on their own. We can help find 1, 2, or 3 roommates for you. Each hotel room has 2 queen sized beds. Roll away beds will not be available.
Terms and Conditions: All rates are per person and are based on room occupancy. Rates are for cash or check payments. If you would like to make your final payment with a credit card, please add 3% for the bank’s credit card fee.
Booking Requirements: A $400 payment, per person, is required to confirm your reservations. The $400 is refundable until 90 days prior to departure. Payment plans are available at 0% interest. If your ward/stake youth camps end up conflicting with our tour dates, we can move you to another tour date, or refund your money.
Airfare: Prices listed do not include airfare. We have established a group rate for those that would like to fly with the group from Salt Lake City. Airfare is $499 round trip from/to Salt Lake City. If you are departing from Salt Lake City, we can invoice you for the airfare. The $499 does not include baggage fees. If you check a bag, you are responsible for the baggage fee. Ironically, airline group rates are often more expensive than non-group rates. You may find it less expensive to book your own flight and meet us in Rochester. If you are not flying with the group, please make sure to coordinate with Living Heritage Tours to ensure that you arrive in Rochester, New York on time, and so we can arrange to meet you at the Rochester airport.
Testimonials: Click Here to read what past attendees have said about this tour!
Families & Others: We often have others outside the “youth” age range that want to join this tour. That’s okay! We have had parents and grandparents join past tours. We’ve even had whole families join too. The pace of the tour is designed for teenagers, and we relate the historical information and the scriptures to that age group. If you fall outside the age range but you are alright with the pace and the focus of the messages, then contact us about joining the tour!
Additional Charges: Advertised rates include deluxe chartered bus, all hotels, all meals, personal tour guides & historians, chaperons, materials & handouts, ground transportation for the airport in Rochester and Kansas City, daily snacks & water, and all entrance fees. Price does not include airfare. You may want to bring some money for incidentals and souvenirs.
LDS Standards: LDS standards of dress, language, and behavior are expected. We will enforce the principles taught in the For the Strength of Youth pamphlet.
Dietary Needs: We will do all we can to help those with dietary needs. About two months prior to the tour, we will provide the daily menu which will include websites and phone numbers of all the places we will eat. This will give you a chance to determine what meals will work and what meals will not work. For those meals that won’t work, we will coordinate alternative meals. This takes some effort on everyone’s part, but we have been very successful at keeping everyone very well fed. Because of the extra expense for special ordered meals, a $50 charge will be added to the cost of the tour so these arrangements can be made for those that desire this assistance.
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Space is limited and will sell out very soon!