8-Day Book of Mormon Evidence Tour
Guided by Rod Meldrum
Day 1 ARRIVE - COLUMBUS AIRPORT, OHIO
Flights should arrive before 10:00 pm. After collecting your luggage, guests will be shuttled to the hotel near the airport where you will be staying the night, prior to beginning the tour the next morning.
Day 2 SACRAMENT MEETING - COLUMBUS TEMPLE - OHIO HISTORY CONNECTION
We begin our tour be attending sacrament meeting with the saints in the Columbus area. The chapel is located next to the beautiful Columbus Ohio Temple.
After lunch we will visit the Ohio History Connection in Columbus, an wonderful museum with important Hopewell artifacts and displays. We return to our hotel in Columbus for dinner and overnight. (B, D)
Day 3 HOPEWELL MOUNDS
Our first stop will be to see Flint Ridge, from there we travel south to the the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum in Coshocton, Ohio. This museum houses the famous “Holy Stones”, found in a Hopewell mound near Newark, Ohio. These stones, inscribed with ancient Hebrew writings, demonstrate a North American connection to the Old World. As we continue toward Newark, you’ll discover that this area is filled with the most extensive and monumental earthworks in the world, including the Great Circle and Great Octagon, built by the Hopewell Civilization. They date between 150 AD and 250 AD, during the peaceful time following Christ’s visit. Scientists have recently discovered embedded astronomical alignments proving this was a highly advanced civilization. You’ll have a chance to ascend the 30 foot embankments and walk the ‘place of entrance’ of the Great Circle. You’ll learn more as we discuss the ancient Hopewell Mound Builder civilization that inhabited this area during Book of Mormon times. We’ll spend the night near Newark, Ohio. (B)
Day 4 HOPEWELL MUSEUM – MOUND CITY – SEIP MOUND – FORT HILL – SERPENT MOUND
After breakfast, our first stop will be the Hopewell Museum at Mound City in Chillicothe, Ohio. This restored Hopewell site features displays of artifacts of copper, silver, and stone that may have been made by Book of Mormon people. We continue through the Ohio River Valley, visiting ancient archaeological sites including Seip Mound, and Fort Hill, a Hopewell hilltop fortress with its ancient stones walls still visible. We'll stop at an Amish Bakery to get lunch and other goodies for a picnic at Fort Hill. We’ll see the world famous Serpent Mound with its mysterious coils forming astronomical alignments. We’ll overnight near Cincinnati, Ohio.
Day 5 FORT ANCIENT - MIAMISBURG ADENA CULTURE MOUND
Today we journey to Fort Ancient, another hilltop fortress with miles of embankments and trenches before exploring the Miamisburg Adena Culture Mound. Then we'll have some quality discussion time about this ancient civilization that has over 25 correlations to the Book of Mormon, as we continue on toward Springfield, Illinois, where we will spend the night. (B,L)
Day 6 ZELPH'S MOUND - ZARAHEMLA - DICKSON MOUNDS
After breakfast you'll continue your journey, "roving over the plains of the Nephites" as the Prophet Joseph wrote to his sweetheart Emma while on Zion's Camp march in 1835. Our first stop, Zelph's Mound, is perched high upon a bluff above the Illinois River. A short climb takes you to the site where Joseph Smith had a vision of a righteous Lamanite warrior named Zelph, who was buried in this mound after dying in the final struggle between the Nephites and Lamanites. From there you will travel to the Dickson Mounds Museum to see the impressive collection of Hopewell artifacts and displays. Then you'll enjoy the afternoon in Nauvoo, majestic Temple, high on a bluff, symbolically facing the west. Across the Mississippi River you will have a wonderful view of Montrose, near the place the Prophet Joseph said was the site of Zarahemla, as indicated by the Lord in D&C 125:3. (B)
Day 7 CAHOKIA - STONE FORT
Today we'll 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. From there we'll ride to Stone Fort, an ancient fortified hilltop with stone walls perched atop a bluff. We will be staying the night in Poplar Bluffs near Stone Fort. (B,D)
Day 8 FORT DEFIANCE - WICKLIFFE MOUND - NEW MADRID - PARK CEMETERY - ST LOUIS AIRPORT
Today we'll drive to see the "Head of the River Sidon" at Fort Defiance State Park. Next we will visit Wickliffe Mounds before learning more about the destruction at the time of Christ's death at New Madrid Earthquake Museum. We then return north to the St. Louis airport for departure. Flights can be scheduled after 4:00 pm.
Optional Extension to Branson
Day 8 BRANSON
Guests that are continuing on to Branson will travel west from New Madrid. We'll enjoy the incredible production at the Sight and Sound Theatre. We'll enjoy dinner as a group before heading to the Dutton Family Theater to see the Duttons.
Day 9 BRANSON
This morning, we will have an opportunity to attend sacrament services at a local ward in Branson. That afternoon we'll enjoy dinner cruise on the Mississippi on board the Branson Belle Showboat. Overnight Branson.
Day 10 BRANSON
Guests will have free time this morning to enjoy the pool, shopping or to go see a show of your choice. That evening we will have dinner and attend an amazing show with SIX, at the Mickey Gilley theatre.
Day 11 RETURN HOME FROM KANSAS CITY
We will depart the hotel this morning and drive to the Kansas City airport. Flights can depart after 2:30 pm.
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