Meet our Team!

Mark and Jill Clifford

Legacy Tour owners sitting on a wall with Aegean Sea in the background

Mark and Jill Clifford started Legacy Tours in 2010. They have a passion for travel and love sharing this with others. 

Mark has traveled throughout Europe and the United States, including studying abroad in Russia. Mark has been involved in Real Estate since graduating with a BS in Psychology and a minor in business from BYU.

Jill has also traveled throughout Europe and the middle East, including studying abroad in Austria, Czech Republic and Israel. Jill taught High School English after graduating with a BA in Humanities from BYU. 

Mark and Jill have 4 children, two of which are married. They live in Bountiful, Utah. Besides traveling abroad they also love to hike, read, and explore the beautiful state of Utah.

Kris Kimball

Legacy Tours owner, Kris Kimball on tour bus

Kris Kimball is married with 3 adult children and 6 grandchildren. Kris studied at Utah State University, the University of Utah, and Cambridge University. Kris is our Traditions of Christ expert.

She is co-host of the “Liberty Mom Podcast” part of the Loving Liberty Radio Network. Kris is also a guest panelist on “Inside Utah Politics” on ABC4.com. She is the former President of the United Women’s Forum and former Board Member of the Thomas Jefferson Center for Constitutional Studies. 

Kris loves to travel, seek truth, and explore history in person. She has spent the last 7 years studying ancient history, ancient religion, and the Egyptian Hermetic Traditions. She and her husband Dave reside in Salt Lake City, Utah.

2024 Tour: Traditions of Mary Magdalene in France

Our Guides

head and shoulders of Rod Meldrum in a suit

Rod L. Meldrum

Rod L. Meldrum is a researcher, best-selling LDS author, and international lecturer on the validity of the Book of Mormon. His emphasis is based on scriptural and physical evidences of the Book of Mormon. 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 copies printed. He began guiding the Book of Mormon Chronology Tour in 2018.

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. This book 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 and promises of the Book of Mormon.

Rod began his study of issues surrounding the controversy over DNA and the Book of Mormon back in 2003. This sparked his 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. He is passionate about sharing his research of the Book of Mormon Chronology with others. 

2024 Tours: Nauvoo Solar Eclipse, Sacred Histories: American Covenant, and Book of Mormon Chronology

Jared Rubalcaba

Jared Rubalcaba holds a Bachelor of Science from Brigham Young University; where he focused his studies in Outdoor Leadership Training. This educational foundation of Experience Management served as a springboard into many successful and rewarding teaching opportunities over the last 15+ years. 

Jared has been an Instructor for Martial Arts, SCUBA, Free Diving, Rock Climbing, Wilderness Survival, Wilderness Therapy, Leadership Development, and Corporate National Training Meetings. His studies, teaching and guided trips have taken him all over the world. The bulk of Jared’s professional career has been spent working with youth/teens in a myriad of Wilderness, Residential or State Therapeutic Programs. His passion is the healing and self-discovery that can be found in nature and discovering one’s place in the cosmos. 

As a young adult, Jared served a two-year Ecclesiastical Mission on the Kiribati Islands. However, his spiritual tutelage started at a much younger age and has lasted throughout his adult life in finding Truth, Light, and Wisdom. His years of religious studies have been prelude to encountering the esoteric truths hidden in symbols, rituals, hieroglyphs, and architecture of Egypt. For the past several years his focus has been on the oldest religious text in the world: the Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts and has recently completed his own translation of the Pyramid of Unas.

2025 Tour: Sacred Mysteries of Egypt

Scott Read

Scott Read is a retired instructor of 35 years for the Seminary and Institute Program of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He most recently taught at Weber State Institute where he specialized in Biblical studies including Isaiah, Parables of Jesus Christ, and the Book of Revelation. He received a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in psychology and a master’s degree in educational counseling from the University of Phoenix. 

He has directed Book of Mormon and Church History tours as well as taught adult education for twelve years for Brigham Young University. His unique approach to the scriptures and his depth in scholarship, along with his warm personality lend themselves to great gospel instruction. He and his wife, Desari, currently reside in Syracuse, Utah, and are teh parents of seven children — 6 boys and 1 girl. He has 9 wonderful little grandchildren.

He is a man of many hobbies and is an avid snow kier and road cyclist.

2024 Tour: Church History Pageant

tour guide of Apostle Paul: Greece by land and sea, as well as Holy land and petra tour

Mike Day

Mike Day grew up in Modesto, California. After his mission in Chicago he met his wife Sonia at Weber State University. They have four sons, one daughter-in-law, and one grandson. Mike co-hosts the podcast Talking Scripture with his colleagues Bryce Dunford. He loves to grapple with the “messiness” of the Bible and “geek out” on the original languages and ancient cultural context.

Mike is passionate about teaching scripture and has been an instructor for Seminaries & Institutes of Religion since 1993. His current assignment is at the Salt Lake Institute of Religion adjacent to the University of Utah. He earned his Master’s Degree in Education in 2001 and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Utah in World Languages and Cultures, Comparative Literary And Cultural Studies with an emphasis on Classical Greek and Biblical Hebrew. 

Mike loves cycling, warm beaches, Tolkein, and all things Star Wars. 

2024 Tour: Apostle Paul: Greece by Land and Sea

Scott Palmer

Luther S. Palmer (Scott), also known by his YouTube channel as Watcher Palmer, loves Israel and the Middle East. Always looking for Christ in all things. Brother Palmer is a student of the scriptures, and is always looking for the Signs of the Second Coming of our Saviour.

Brother Palmer and his wife, Suzanne, have traveled and visited extensively in Israel. They love both the culture and the people. They presided over the Salt Lake City West Mission from 2015 to 2018, and presided over the Park City Stake from 2005 to 2014.

Having five children, fifteen grandchildren and two dogs, they always are busy, yet looking for another adventure. They feel blessed to know so many wonderful people they have met on their journeys.

2024 Tours: Humanitarian Vacation in the Dominican Republic, Egypt Pre-Tour, Traditions of Christ in Israel, and Jordan Extension Tour.

Legacy Tours and Travel, LLC a partnership of Mark and Jill Clifford and Kris Kimball
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