New - Expanded Itinerary!

Sept 1 - 8, 2018

Guided by Rod Meldrum $1,250 per person double occupancy

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Tour Includes:
  • 7 night hotel accommodations
  • Deluxe motor-coach transportation
  • Museum entry fees
  • Expert guide
  • 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners

ITINERARY

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. (B, L)

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.

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Rod L. Meldrum Bio
 
Rod L. Meldrum is a researcher, best-selling LDS author, and international lecturer on the validity of the Book of Mormon with an emphasis on its scriptural and physical evidences. His book titled, “Exploring the Book of Mormon in America’s Heartland” is the #1 LDS Book about Book of Mormon geography with over 40,000 printed.
 
Rod has also written a book titled “Prophecies and Promises; The Book of Mormon and the USA.” This book outlines the 36 Prophecies and Promises that clearly identify the United States as the location of the ‘Promised Land’ of the Latter-days.  It has been called a “stunning” new insight on geography research and provides historical evidence that documents containing Joseph Smith’s words, writings, and actions were consistent with the prophecies & promises of the Book of Mormon. He also served for seven years as the senior scientific researcher on the book titled, “Universal Model” by Dean Sessions, a natural sciences textbook. The first volume of over 800 pages was just printed in 2017 and volume two will be printed in 2018, with volume three to follow. It's over 2,500 pages of "New Millennial Science." 
 
He began his study of issues surrounding the controversy over DNA and the Book of Mormon in 2003 which led to a study of the origins of proposed geographical settings of the Book of Mormon. In addition, he has spent years of intensive study of the Book of Mormon itself and the historical background and documents associated with it.
 
Mr. Meldrum has given several hundred presentations across the United States, Canada and internationally and has shared his research and findings in support of the Book of Mormon and the gospel of Jesus Christ with hundreds of thousands of members and non-members alike. Mr. Meldrum has been conducting tours to the Heartland of America since 2010, educating guests at museums, sacred native American sites, and other archaeological sites dating to the time period of the Book of Mormon.
 
He founded his organization, The FIRM Foundation (Foundation for Indigenous Research and Mormonism), in 2008 which today comprises ten boards with more than 200 board members and over 40,000 LDS newsletter recipients. The FIRM Foundation sponsors two International Book of Mormon Evidence Expos and Conferences annually with additional regional conferences and events throughout the country and around the world bringing together dozens of the top LDS speakers for thousands of Latter-day Saints.
 
Mr. Meldrum's research has blessed and enhanced the lives of thousands and increased their faith in the divine authenticity of the Book of Mormon, the prophetic role of the Prophet Joseph Smith, and a renewed understanding of the sacred covenants with God on His Promised Lands.
 
He and his wife, Tonya, are the parents of four children. He is a fifth-generation member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, served a mission in Milan, Italy, has served faithfully in many church leadership callings, and currently lives in Provo, Utah.
  
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