Bicentennial for the First Vision
Church History Tour
Quadricentennial of the Pilgrims Arrival.
Quincentennial of the Reformation!
April 6-11, 2020
Trip includes the newly restored Priesthood Restoration site on the Susquehanna River
5 Night - 6 Days!
Come along on this exciting and educational Church History tour from Kirtland to Palmyra, Harmony and then Cruise from Boston along the New England Coast of Plymouth Mass., Plymouth Rock, Plymouth Plantation and a guided tour of the National Monument of the Forefathers.
This tour will begin in the Kirtland area flying into Cleveland and then visiting the Church History sites around the Kirtland area. We will visit the Kirtland Temple, Historic Kirtland, the Isaac Morley Farm where the priesthood organization was restored and the home of John Johnson where the Prophet Joseph Smith live and received some of the most important revelations and doctrines of the Restoration. At each of these locations, we will learn about the importance of these sites and the sacred events that happened there and how these events affect us today.
From Kirtland, we will travel alongside the Great Lakes to Palmyra . This short bus ride will be one of the highlights of the trip. In Palmyra, we will be able to visit the Hill Cumorah and Visitor Center, The Smith Family Farm, and of course the Sacred Grove where our group will discuss the events that happened there. While in Palmyra we will visit the Grandin Press where the Book of Mormon was printed. We will also visit the Whitmer Farm where the Church was organized in this Dispensation of the Fullness of Times.
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Breakfasts at the hotels are included with our package. Stops for quick lunches are made during our touring day and in the evening we have our meal at either a restaurant or buffet. Lunches and dinners are not included so that people may order what they like. You should plan on about $25 per day per person for meals.
Trip Value Details:
Double Package Price:
$1998.00 per person Double Occupancy
Single Package Price:
$2799.00 Single Occupancy
Pre-Tour $299 per person double occupancy
Single Occupancy $349 per person
Deposit: $100.00 per person
with monthly installments and the Balance Due : 60 days before travel
Prices are per person. Include airfare credit to and from the trip with a value upto $400.00. If your air is over $400 the difference will be added to the cost of the trip.
Costs excluded from the price of the tour:
All Lunches and dinners, (Breakfasts included at the hotels) and we will stop at places with multiple choices for all other meals)
Tips for the bus driver (abt. $5.00 per day per person paid at end of tour)
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6-Day Tour - April 6 - 11 2020
Monday, Day 1,
April 6, 2020
Flights arrive in Cleveland late afternoon and evening and check in to our hotel near the airport.
This morning we will drive the short distance to Kirtland stopping at the Isaac Morley farm and discuss the visions that took place there and discuss the organization of the Priesthood Quorums for the administration of the Gospel in the Latter-days. We will visit the Kirtland Temple; the first temple constructed in this dispensation designed for the restoration of the priesthood keys, in preparation for the organization of priesthood responsibility. We will have a guided tour through the temple and visit the museum and bookstore. We will then have a great experience go through the homes and building of Historic Kirtland, the Whitney Store and home, the Johnson Hotel, sawmill, and other buildings. After lunch, we will travel to Hiram to visit the John Johnson home where the prophet lived with his family and received the important revelation found in Section 76 of the Doctrine and Covenants about the Three Degrees of Glory.
We will have dinner and overnight in Kirtland.
This morning we will begin our bus ride to Palmyra arriving about noon After lunch we will visit the Grandin Press where an inspired man was led to prepare himself and his business to print the Book of Mormon at the right time and at the right place. We will then travel the short distance to the Smith Family Farm and tour the log home where Joseph lived with his family when he went into the Sacred Grove early in the spring and received his First Vision, and where Moroni later appeared in the bedroom loft. We will then take a few minutes in the Grove to talk together about the events that happened there in Book of Mormon times and in the 1820’s. You will have time to spend in the Sacred Grove on your own to ponder on the events that laid the foundation of our faith and Church. We will then make our way to the Hill Cumorah where the young prophet found the Nephite record that restored the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ preparatory to the organization of the Church.
Leaving Palmyra early we will travel to the Whitmer Farm where the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized in 1830. After the Whitmer home, we will travel to the new Priesthood Restoration site and Visitor’s Center and tour the reconstructed Isaac Hale home, and take the short walk to the Susquehanna River. Leaving Susquehanna we will travel to Springfield, Ma. for the night.
This morning we will travel to Plymouth and visit the National Monument to the Forefathers. We will then stop for a visit at Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower II if in the dock. We will then visit Plymouth Plantation and see the living history how the pilgrims lived the first few years in this promised land of religious freedom. After a great day of fun and education, we will spend the night close to Boston for a later departure in the morning.
Saturday Day 6
April 11, 2020
This morning we will transfer to the Boston Airport for our journey home having made lasting memories of this wonderful trip.
Praise for Us
Airfare example: Depart for Cleveland OH. (CLE) on Monday April 6, 2020. Return from Boston (BOS) Saturday April 11, 2020.
Thank you for all you do to keep the tours running. We had a wonderful time!! This tour was the perfect one for us in so many ways. I feel it was a gift from Heavenly Father, as so many aspects of the trip were perfect. The fall cooler weather was marvelous. Harvest and home gardening was mostly done.
Bruce is the perfect tour guide for my husband, as he reads many Hugh Nibley books and has sought wisdom and knowledge in the scriptures and other ancient text. Though I don't memorize Nibley's works, I know much of it, Bruce talked in a way that it could be understood by high scholars as well as unschooled scholars. We enjoyed having time to listen and ask questions.
A few times we connected with a different tour group. They were tired. I think our group was still enjoying the trip. One difference was the flight to St. Louis, they rode the bus. Thanks for the flight!
Also the other bus had a programmed schedule for the bus ride. There was dialogue to be read by tour members and songs sung. Though these are good at many levels, I appreciated quiet time on the bus for reading and quiet conversation. I think there was also a bit of napping!
We enjoyed seeing so many wonderful sites with out the stress of finding them ourselves. This allowed us to feel this spirit and have greater enjoyment of the trip.
We found the trip in and email offering a trip discount. When I asked my husband about going he said it sounded good. It's almost embarrassing, but that is all the research we did. Haha, but very out of character, so I am thanking Heavenly Father for the wonderful gift and thanking all of you for the work you do to provide marvelous trips for weary sojourners.
Thanks so much,
Byron and Marilyn Dangerfield
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