It is with great pleasure that we invite you to join us on our LDS History Tour.
Our tour will be unique in that rather than just seeing these places we will take the time to study, on site, the history, doctrines and personal triumphs/tragedies
that made these places sacred in LDS Church History.
The following are just a few of the history sites our tour will include this year.
The Sacred Grove: Eight history accounts were written about the First Vision before Joseph Smith’s death. Members of our tour will gain insight about Jesus Christ and His Father from a harmony of all these accounts.
Palmyra Temple: Modern Church History was made when this LDS Temple was situated on the edge of The Sacred Grove.
Hill Cumorah: So much history took place here! Yearly appointments with Moroni, Joseph’s first lessons on Nephite History and Emma waiting for hours at the base of the hill while her husband had his “Urim and Thummim” tutorial from Moroni.
Harmony, PA: Our tour will visit the banks of the beautiful Susquehanna River. We will re-live great moments in Church History as we discuss the appearances of Adam; Lucifer; Peter, James, and John; and John the Baptist.
Re-living the history of great moments in the lives of my LDS heroes is exciting! Our tours focus on prominent LDS figures as well as lesser-known LDS and non-LDS men and women.
The history of the Restoration stretches all the way from God the Father and Jesus Christ “walking” down into a Sacred Grove to Phoebe Woodruff sweeping the floor in her Nauvoo home, one last time, so that “those who occupy this home after us know that people of culture lived here before them.”
Our tour will be grateful to Whitmer Family History for preserving the account of Mary Whitmer being shown the plates by a heavenly messenger, by angels spreading plaster on David Whitmer’s field and Sally Coburn demanding to know why Joseph and Oliver ‘s faces shined when they came down from the translating room.
No LDS History Tour is complete without discovering one of the great church history love stories – Emma Hale and Joseph Smith.
Knight Family History reveals “Father Knight’s” anticipation for the plates to finally be delivered to his young friend Joseph Smith.
Along with these our tour brings to life other early supporters of the fledgling church such as Solomon Chamberlain, Parley and Thankful Pratt, Martin Harris, and Joseph and Polly Knight. The history of their commitment will deepen our own.
A very early member of the LDS Church described the experience we have on our LDS History Tours:
“Generations yet unborn will dwell with particular delight upon the scenes that we have passed through, the privations that we have endured; the untiring zeal that we have manifested; the all but insurmountable difficulties that we have overcome in laying the foundation of a work that brought about the glory and blessing which they will realize.” Joseph Smith – May 2, 1842
The tour will be directed by Randy Olsen. His familiarity with the people, places and events of these early Mormon years promises to make this an experience never to be forgotten.
We differ from other LDS tours in that we do not rush from one history site to another with brief accounts of the history that happened there.
Our goal is to “live” for awhile in the places where these sacred events happened. The LDS History we tell is deep, exciting and comprehensive.
We are looking forward to this tour with great anticipation. One of the greatest experiences of these days will simply be spending them together.
Come and walk into the past with us.