2020 LDS Church History Discovery Tour with Dean Garner

Dates May 30 - June 8, 2020
Destination Palmyra, NY; Harmony, PA; Niagara Falls, NY; Kirtland, OH; Independence, MO: Adam-ondi-Ahman Nauvoo, IL; Carthage, IL; St. Louis, MO;
Duration 9 days 8 nights
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Join Morris Murdock Escorted Tours and Dean Garner on this unforgettable tour through the footsteps of LDS church history. Relive the Restoration as the early pioneers did and commemorate the 200th First Vision Anniversary. 

Some of the many highlights of this tour include; The Sacred Grove & Smith homestead, Hill Cumorah, the new Priesthood restoration site in Harmony, the Kirtland Temple, Independence, Far West, Adam-ondi-Ahman, Nauvoo and ending in the site of the martyrdom in Carthage. Whether you are tracing family roots or exploring the restoration, you will gain insightful information, relive wonderful stories of faith and endurance and enjoy the wonderful teaching of Dean Garner.

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Questions? Contact:

Dani Edmunds, Tour Manager

Tel: (801) 483-6114

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Day 1: Saturday, May 30, 2020

Departure City - Palmyra

We depart this morning for Rochester, NY. Upon arrival we will drive to our hotel in Palmyra, NY. We will get acquainted over dinner as we look forward to the trip ahead. 

Meals : Dinner
Day 2: Sunday, May 31, 2020


Following Sacrament meeting we will visit the Sacred Grove and reflect on the special events that took place here. We will also see the restored Joseph Smith Sr. home and farm including the restored log cabin where Moroni first appeared to Joseph Smith. Next, we’ll stop at the E. B. Grandin Building where the Book of Mormon was printed, then see the grave site of Alvin Smith, eldest brother of Joseph Smith. Our last stop today will be the Hill Cumorah and Visitors Center.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Monday, June 1, 2020


Today we’ll travel to Fayette, NY to the Peter Whitmer Farm where the church was organized on April 6, 1830. Next we will travel to the new Priesthood Restoration site in Susquehanna County, PA. We’ll see the new visitor’s center and meetinghouse, the reconstructed homes of Joseph and Emma Smith and Isaac and Elizabeth Hale, the woods where John the Baptist restored the priesthood, the baptismal site at the Susquehanna River, and the new statuary. 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 4: Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Palmyra - Niagara Falls - Kirtland

This morning we’ll drive to Mendon, NY to see the Tomlinson Inn where Samuel Smith gave a copy of the Book of Mormon to Phineas Young, Brigham’s older brother. Then we continue on to Niagara Falls, the oldest state park in the USA. We will board the Maid of the Mist boat which passes directly in front of the falls and enters Horseshoe Basin. After free time for lunch and shopping we travel to Kirtland, OH. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Wednesday, June 3, 2020


Today we’ll visit the Kirtland Temple. Next we’ll see the Temple Quarry and have a picnic lunch. We will spend the rest of the afternoon visiting the Morley Farm and the historic Kirtland village including the LDS Visitors Center, the Whitney Home and Store, the Johnson Inn, the Ashery, and Sawmill. 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Thursday, June 4, 2020

Hiram - Kansas City - Independence

Early this morning we will depart for Hiram, OH to visit the John Johnson Farm. It was at the Johnson farm that Joseph Smith received the vision of the three degrees of glory. We’ll end this side of our tour as we travel via Airplane to Kansas City. Upon arrival, we board our awaiting motor-coach and drive to the temple site in Jackson County, MO.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Friday, June 5, 2020

Far West - Adam-Ondi-Ahman - Nauvoo

We begin our day in Liberty to visit the jail where the Prophet Joseph spent several months while the Saints suffered severe persecution in Missouri. We will continue on to Far West to see the site of the temple and discuss the historic events that occurred here before the Saints were forced to leave Missouri. Our next stop is Adam-ondi-Ahman and then we’ll continue on our scenic drive to Nauvoo.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Saturday, June 6, 2020


Our day begins with a temple session at the Nauvoo Temple (attendance at the Temple is optional). Our next stop will include Joseph Smiths homestead, the grave sites of Joseph, Emma, and Hyrum, the Mansion House, and the Red Brick Store. Following lunch will be free time to browse through the many restored homes and buildings that take you back to old Nauvoo when the saints were colonizing and expanding! You won’t want to miss the homes of Brigham Young, John Taylor, Heber C. Kimball, Lucy Mack Smith, and the Jonathan Browning Gun Shop. After dinner we will visit the Nauvoo visitor’s center and then enjoy the musical production “Sunset on the Mississippi” before returning to the hotel for the evening. 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9: Sunday, June 7, 2020


After Sacrament meeting we will visit the Pioneer Cemetery and then travel the old road to Carthage, where we will view a production of the Life of the Prophet Joseph Smith shown at the Visitors Center. Next, we’ll tour the jail itself where the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were martyred. Following dinner we’ll walk the Trail of Hope and read excerpts from personal diaries of the Saints. Your understanding will increase as you read about the hardships and struggles they went through. 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10: Monday, June 8, 2020

Nauvoo/Hannibal/St. Louis

This morning we say farewell to Nauvoo. We continue to Mark Twain’s Hannibal on the Mississippi River where we’ll take a luncheon cruise on a riverboat. Following lunch, we’ll depart for St. Louis, MO for our early evening flight home. 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch


  • 1 tour-bus experience for the whole tour
  • 9 nights hotel accommodations
  • Meals as specified in itinerary
  • Deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
  • Group transfers
  • Taxes on included services
  • One-way airfare from Cleveland to Kansas City
  • Maid of the Mist boat ride in Niagara Falls
  • Meal gratuities

Not Included:

  • Airfare
  • Additional transfers when not arriving or departing with group
  • Meals not specified in itinerary B,L,D
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Trip cancellation and baggage insurance
  • Checked baggage fees
  • Bus Driver and Historian gratuities

Optional Pricing:

  • Airfare additional (call for pricing)
  • Double price: $2,075.00
  • Triple  Price: $2,025.00
  • Quad Price: $1,975.00
  • Single Price: $2,570.00

Payment Terms:

  • $250 per-person due at the time of booking
  • $65 cash discount
  • Final payment due March 25, 2020
  • A minimum number of 29 passengers is needed for this tour to depart
  • Terms & Conditions
  • Note: Do not purchase airline tickets without consulting Morris Murdock Escorted tours/LDS Travel Study.