group in front of Monument

*Due to Covid restrictions the 2021 tour has been rescheduled.

July 15-24, 2022


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Hosted by John Bytheway

John and Kim on the beach in the Dominican Republic

July 22 - 31, 2022

per person, based on double occupancy
per person, based on single occupancy
per person, based on triple occupancy
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Guided by Joe Crane

Tour guide Joe Crane

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       Tour Includes:

  • 9 night hotel accommodations
  • Deluxe motor-coach transportation 
  • Museum entry fees
  • 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 3 dinners

Not Included:

  • Airfare to Rochester, NY and from Kansas City, MO
  • Airline baggage fees
  • Meals other than listed
  • Additional trip cancellation and trip interruption insurance ($250)
  • Tips for drivers and guides


Day 1

plain brown suitcase white background


Fly to Rochester, New York. Take the complimentary shuttle to your hotel to rest and overnight prior to beginning your exciting and informative Church History tour.

Day 2

group in front of Monument


Our tour will begin by climbing the Hill Cumorah and touring the Visitor Center there. Next we visit the Grandin Printing Press, where the first copies of the Book of Mormon were printed and the Martin Harris farm. We will spend the afternoon in Palmyra visiting the Smith Farm and the Sacred Grove as well as the Palmyra Temple. Overnight in Rochester.

Day 3 

reconstructed farm home on the location of the David Whitmer Farm


In the morning we will travel through the Finger Lakes region to the Peter Whitmer farm, where the Church was organized on April 6, 1830. We will attend Sacrament Meeting at the chapel next door. From Whitmer Farm we will travel southeast, stopping for lunch at Taughannock Falls. We will have some time to reflect on the history of the church in New York as we continue our drive to Harmony, Pennsylvania where we will visit the new Visitor’s Center there. We will see replicas of the Hale Home and Joseph and Emma’s first home. We will take time to walk to the cemetery where Joseph and Emma’s baby is buried and explore the woods where the three witnesses would have seen the golden plates. All this as we review the miracle of the restoration of the Priesthood.

Day 4

picturesque Kirtland Temple


n the morning we will travel toward Kirtland stopping for lunch overlooking lake Erie. Once in Kirtland we will tour the historic Kirtland Temple, owned by the Community of Christ. We will also take time to visit the cemetery in Kirtland, reviewing the lives of some of the saints who are buried there. We will overnight near Kirtland.

Day 5

Tour group infront of Whitney Store


Today we will visit the Isaac Morley farm before we tour the LDS Visitor Center where guides will take you to the Sawmill, the Johnson Historic Hotel, and the Newel K. Whitney store, where you will have the opportunity to sit in the actual room where the School of the Prophets took place. Then, we will continue our way south to the John Johnson Farm, where Joseph Smith was dragged from his bed and savagely tarred and feathered. In the evening, we will enjoy a lovely dinner with the Amish in Charm, Ohio. We will stay the night at an Amish Bed & Breakfast.

Day 6

interstate highway with foreboding clouds


We will spend some time on our motor coach this day as we travel across Ohio and Indiana into Illinois. We will stay the night in Springfield, Illinois and have dinner in Abraham Lincoln’s hometown. 

Day 7

mother and daughter outside of Carthage Jail


We drive this morning to Carthage, Illinois. We will visit the Visitors Center and jail where the life of Joseph and his faithful brother Hyrum were taken by assassins. We will then continue on our way to Joseph’s City, Nauvoo. In Nauvoo we’ll visit the LDS Visitor’s Center, take a horse drawn wagon tour through the streets of Nauvoo, experience the Nauvoo Fair and see the Nauvoo Pageant before spending the night at the Nauvoo In

Day 8

aerial view of Nauvoo Temple and surrounding area


We will begin our day at the Nauvool Temple*. Guests will be able to do baptism for the dead or a temple session for our group. After lunch we’ll go back in time to ‘Old Nauvoo’ and see the Browning gun shop, bakery and Family Living Center where all the old crafts are demonstrated. After dinner we’ll visit the cemetery, the Red Brick Store and Joseph Smith’s grave. We’ll also see the granite quarry where the stones for the temple were taken and walk the Trail of Hope as we appreciate the majestic Temple, high on a bluff, symbolically facing the west. We will have an opportunity to see the other pageant this night.

Day 9

looking through trees to a green valley


Today will drive to Missouri, stopping in Hannibal, Missouri, the home town of Mark Twain. We will stop at Far West to view the temple cornerstone and learn the significance of the Lord’s Promised Land. After lunch we’ll explore the ancient past and the foretold future, where they come together in the lush valley of Adam-ondi-Ahman. Next we’ll pass by the tragic site of Haun’s Mill, where a terrible massacre took place October 30th, 1838. Our day ends with a farewell dinner in Liberty where we stay the night.

Day 10

unique building with spiral spire


We travel this morning to Liberty Jail. Here we will share in the despair and the exhilaration of the Prophet Joseph as he received some of our most hallowed revelations while he was incarcerated there. Independence is the place prophesied as the location of the New Jerusalem in the final days of this earth. You will stand on the ground where these events will occur. We will visit the Community of Christ temple and the empty lot, where one day a magnificent Temple will be built by the remnant of the House of Israel. Finally, we will tour the LDS Church Visitor’s Center in Independence before our motor coach will then convey us to the airport. Flights should leave after 5:00 pm.

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John and Kim on the beach in the Dominican Republic

John Bytheway Bio

John Bytheway was born and raised in Salt Lake City, and he served his mission in the Philippines. Following his mission he attended the University of Utah, and later graduated from BYU.

John has taught the Book of Mormon at Brigham Young University, and the BYU Salt Lake Center since 1996. In 2003, he earned a Master’s Degree in Religious Education. He is the author of more than two dozen books and CDs many of which, he says, are effective non-prescription sleep-aids.

He loves to golf, write, read, and play the banjo and guitar. John is a founding member of the local chapter of the Andy Griffith Show Re-run Watchers Club, and does a “spot-on” impersonation of Deputy Sheriff Barney Fife. 

John was recently released as bishop of the Salt Lake Winder 10th Ward, and is now teaching Sunday School with his wife, Kim. John and Kim have six children and a completely full SUV which doubles in value when it’s full of gasoline.

Church History Guide Joe Crane

Joe Crane Bio

Joe Crane is currently Adjunct Professor with the John Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. Brother Crane has been working at a Docent at Church History Museum for the past 6 years, where he has been repeatedly recognized as outstanding docent. 

Brother Crane has served in many callings in the church both as a teacher and youth leader for 40 years. He recently completed a 40 year career in the Food Industry. 

Brother Crane’s business and recreational travels have taken him to 49 states and 33 countries. He served a mission to Copenhagen, Denmark. 

He was born in Idaho, but has lived in Bountiful Utah for many years, where he, along with his wife Janet, raised 5 children. He and Janet also have 15 grandchildren.

Payment Terms:
$300 pp deposit at time of booking
Final payment due 45 days before departure
**This tour is based on a minimum of 20 passengers and max of 50 passengers.

Legacy Tours and Travel, LLC reserves the right to alter the itinerary and/or substitute sightseeing and/or other tour features if deemed necessary.

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