Fall Church History

A Comprehensive Tour of Church History

September 20 - September 30,  2016

10 Night - 11 Days!


When is comes to gaining gospel knowledge, it is best have your spiritual feast along with a  temporal one.  This extensive tour includes lectures by Bruce H. Porter, AND visits church history sites.


This is the best time of the year to travel in this part of the country.  The summers can be very hot and humid.  The fall can also offer the beauty of the changing of the colors.


On this tour you will have the opportunity to see nearly all of the church history sites as well as possible Book of Mormon sites from that time period.  We include in our trip one flight between Columbus OH and St. Louis  MO. that saves us from a very long bus journey.


In addition to the best buses available we offer quality hotels that others don't.  On this trip you will be staying in Raddison Hotels,  New Holiday Inn Expresses, Country Inn and Suites and  Hampton Inns.  WE ARE LOOKING OUT FOR YOU!


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:

Suggested Package Price:

$1998 pp double Occupancy


Suggested Package Price: 

$2799 pp Single Occupancy


Suggested Prices are per person. Does not include airfare to and from the trip nor tips.  


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Daily Itinerary

11 Day Tour - September 20 - 30, 2016



Tuesday, September 20, 2016 Today travel and meet in Manchester New Hampshire.  If you are planning your own airfare you can schedule to arrive anytime of day and transfer to the hotel. 


Wednesday, September 21, 2016 SHARON, VERMONT - PALMYRA

What better place to start our tour than at the birth place of the beloved Prophet Joseph Smith.  


The birth of Joseph Smith Jr. took place on the 100-acre farm of his grandfather Solomon Mack. At this treasured place in Church history, there now stands a memorial to the Prophet Joseph, who responsible for restoring the church that was originally established by Jesus Christ during His earthly ministry. We will then continue west to Palmyra (B)



Thursday, September 22, 2016 PALMYRA

This is where a 14-year-old boy named Joseph Smith, serious about following God’s teachings, found a quiet spot in a grove of trees near his home and prayed for answers to many of the perplexing spiritual questions of 1820. Today will be a full day visiting all the Church HIstory sites in the Palmyra area including:  The Joseph Smith Sr. Home, The Sacred Grove, The HIll Cumorah, The Grandin Press (where the first Book of Mormon was published), and the Peter Whitmer Farm in Fayette. (Where the Church was Organized) (B)



Friday, September 23, 2015 PALMYRA/NIAGARA/KIRTLAND

This morning we will head to Kirtland Ohio.  We are going to make a small detour the Saints probably didn't take and go to the majestic Niagara Falls (In the  Algonquin  Indian language meaning "Narrow Neck").  We even plan to take a ride on the "Maid of the Mist" that will take you up near the base of the falls.  We will then continue on to Kirtland and overnight. (B)



Saturday, September 24, 2016 KIRTLAND

Nestled along the east branch of the Chagrin River, Kirtland served as the organizational headquarters of the infant Church from 1831 until 1838. Membership grew from a handful of members to well over 2,000 before persecution and the financial upheaval of the times forced the Mormons to move on to western settlements in Missouri and Illinois.

Today will be a full day of visiting all the important sites around the Kirtland area including:  The Kirtland Temple, The Newel K. Whitney Store (School of the Prophets), The Temple Quarry, The Issac Morley Farm, The John Johnson Farm and the New Visitor's Center. (B)




This morning we depart Kirtland and drive south. Our next stop begins our Book of Mormon evidences portion where we will explore the Johson-Humrickhouse Museum in Coshocton, Ohio that houses the famous "Holy Stones" found in a Hopewell mound near Newark, Ohio inscribed with ancient Hebrew writings that demonstrates a North American connection to the old world. Next we will visit the Great Circle in Newark, Ohio. This area is the most extensive monumental earthworks in the world built by the Hopewell Civilization and dating between 150 BC and 250 AD, during the peace following Christ's visit. Scientists have recently discovered embedded astronomical alignments demonstrating a highly advanced civilization.  If time permits, we will also add a stop at the State Park "Mound City". (B)



Our flight will get us into St. Louis by  9:40am.  We'll then  discover the largest city in North America before European settlement, Cahokia, just outside of St. Louis. The museum is world class but the magnitude of Monks Mound, the largest earthen temple mound structure in North America, is awe inspiring.  


Then we will journey "over the plains of the Nephites" as Joseph wrote to his sweetheart Emma while on Zion's Camp march. One of the two locations where Church History intersects with Book of Mormon history is Zelph's Mound, perched high upon a bluff of the Illinois River. This sacred site is where Joseph Smith had a vision of righteous Lamanite warrior who died in the final struggles between the Nephites and Lamanites. After the short climb to the bluff of this sacred site, we'll travel to fateful Carthage Jail, where the lives of Joseph the prophet and his faithful brother Hyrum were taken by assassins, and then on to Joseph's city, Nauvoo.  Here we will have a buffett dinner at the Hotel Nauvoo.  We will overnight in Keokuk. (B)


Tuesday, September 27, 2016 NAUVOO

The Nauvoo Temple stands majestically on a bluff symbolically facing the west. You will go back in time to "Old Nauvoo" and see the Nauvoo Mansion, beautiful homes, blacksmith shop, Browning gun shop and walk the Trail of Hope experienced by the saints as they bid farewell to Nauvoo.  At the end of the trail of hope we will look across the Mississippi and view the City of Zarahemla  as indicated by the Lord in D&C 125:3.   A temple session s for the group will be available this afternoon.(Clothing available for rent at the temple) After a dinner break  we will enjoy a  play "Rendezvous in Old Nauvoo" .


The Mississippi River provided a useful economy for the ravaged and well-traveled early members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After Church members were forced from Ohio and Missouri, they settled in Commerce, Illinois — a swampy bend of the Mississippi River. The city was renamed Nauvoo in October 1839, deriving its name from a Hebrew word meaning something pleasant or beautiful, or a place of rest and beauty. The Church’s founder, Joseph Smith, selected the swampy spot on a bend in the river as yet another stopover for the beleaguered converts to the faith.


That settlement, built to a thriving city in less than four years and abandoned in six, now serves as a connection to that industrious past, a reminder of the dedication and hard work that contributed to Nauvoo’s religious and economic success.


“Historic Nauvoo, along with the magnificent Nauvoo Temple, represents the culmination of the mission of the Prophet Joseph Smith.

 We will overnight in Keokuk. (B)


Wednesday, September 28, 2016 NAUVOO/MT PISQUAH/WINTER QUARTERS

Today we board our bus for Winter Quarters.  On our way to Winter Quarters we will stop at  Mount Pisgah. This was a Mormon way station from 1846 to 1852, at its height Mount Pisgah had over 2,000 inhabitants and was a semi-permanent camp for the benefit of Mormons who followed the Pioneer Company.   We then continue on our journey traveling to Winter Quarters near Omaha, Nebraska. In Winter Quarters the saints suffered a harsh winter before continuing west.  (B)



On our way from Winter Quarters will will make a quick stop at the Kanesville Tabernacle.  Here Brigham Young was ordained the Second Prophet and President of the Church.  We then travel to and visit  Adam-Ondi Ahman, Far West and the Visitor's Center in Independence MO.  We will overnight near Independence. (B)


Most people think the pioneers went from Nauvoo to the Salt Lake Valley, but it is the stops in between that are filled with the wonderful stories of sacrifice, charity and dedication. Seventy thousand people passed through the Winter Quarters-Kanesville area on their way to the Salt Lake Valley. One can still feel their spirit.”


A significant event in Latter-day Saint history occurred in Kanesville in December 1847. Brigham Young felt impressed that the time had come to reestablish the First Presidency. After several months of discussing the matter, nine of the Twelve Apostles (Elders Parley P. Pratt and John Taylor were in the Salt Lake Valley, and Elder Lyman Wight was in Texas) gathered at the home of Elder Orson Hyde near Miller’s Hollow (later named Kanesville) on the Iowa side of the Missouri. There, on 5 December 1847, their deliberations culminated in the prayerful action of sustaining Brigham Young as president of the Church


Friday, September 30, 2016 INDEPENDENCE/LIBERTY/Travel Home from Kansas City

This morning we will leave Independence for Liberty.  Here we will visit the Liberty Jail before lunch and departing for to the airport for our journey home.  If you are scheduling your own flight home, it should be for a departure after 3pm. (B)


Independence is the hometown of the 33rd president of the United States, Harry S. Truman, but also home to the sixth governor of Missouri, Lilburn Boggs. Boggs is notorious for his personal anti-Mormon sentiment that set in motion the infamous Missouri Executive Order 44, or “extermination order,” that forced hundreds of Mormons from their homes and the state in the dead of winter.


Perhaps some of the most trying days for the Prophet Joseph Smith were in 1838 after Governor Boggs signed the extermination order to expel the Saints from Missouri. The Prophet and five other men, including Joseph’s brother Hyrum, were falsely arrested and imprisoned in the Liberty Jail, located some 13 miles north of Independence.


That was probably the lowest point in his life personally, as a religious leader, as a father and as a husband because he was imprisoned in the jail, living in horrific conditions for a little more than four months, while his people were suffering, and there was nothing he could do about it.


After visiting Liberty we will depart for the Kansas City Airport.

Praise for Us



JustLDS.com crew,


   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

Fall Church History Tour Sep 23, 2015



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