Sacred Church History Sites in Missouri & Illinois with Susan Easton Black, Ph.D.George Durrant, Ed.D.

Join Susan Easton Black and George Durrant on this spiritual journey to the sites of the Restoration as we visit Independence, Liberty Jail, Adam-ondi-Ahman, Nauvoo, Carthage Jail, and so much more!  Hear the stories and read the revelations at the actual sites where they took place.  Be taught while traveling and while visiting these sacred sites by historical guides, set apart missionaries, and each other.  We won’t just talk about the history of these places, but how the stories of the past can help us draw closer to the Savior in our everyday lives!


Day 1 Saturday / May 18

Fly to Kansas City, Missouri airport. Take a cab or Uber to the hotel in LibertyMissouri. That evening we will meet the group and have a welcome meeting. 

Day 2 Sunday / May 19

After attending church near Liberty, we’ll visit some sites in Independence of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day saints such as Hedrickite Church and the Community of Christ Church, as well as the LDS VisitorCenter and Restoration Church. We’ll also explore Old Town Square before we head back to our hotelThat evening after dinner we’ll hear a lecture from Susan Easton Black. (B, L) 

Day 3 Monday / May 20

We’ll begin our day with a visit to Liberty Jail and tour the grounds of the Independence Missouri TempleAfter we take pictures of the 8 Witnesses Monument, where Joseph Smith rebuked the guards, we’ll stroll through the local museum and visit the cemetery where early prominent church leaders are buried. (B, L)

Day 4 Tuesday / May 21

Today we visit the temple lot in Farr West and visit the valley of Adam-ondiAhmanThis valley is where Adam bestowed his last blessing to his righteous posterity and where Christ will appear before his glorious Second Coming to Adam and his righteous posterity including Saints of all dispensations. We’ll then explore Mark Twain sites and Riverboat Dinner Cruise. That evening we’ll drive to Nauvoo, where we’ll stay for the rest of the trip(B, D)

Day 5 Wednesday / May 22

We’ll begin our day with the exploration of the Nauvoo VisitorCenter. Susan will then take us on a tour of the premier historical sites of Nauvoo which will also include some sites from the Reorganized LDS Church. In the evening we have the option of attending a Nauvoo Temple Session. (B, L)

Day 6 Thursday / May 23

Today we have a free day in Nauvoo where you will have time to shopvisit the Land and Records office or explore other historical sites. That evening we’ll have dinner followed by a fabulous lecture from Susan(B, D)

Day 7 Friday / May 24

Today we see the sites at Carthage Jail. It was here that Joseph and Hyrum sealed their testimonies as martyrs. We’ll visit the Warsaw sites and listen as Susan elaborates on the events that took place in this small town. Well leave some time for lastminute sites in Nauvoo before our buffet dinner at Historic Hotel Nauvoo.(B, D)

Day 8 Saturday / May 25

Today we drive to St. Louis for our return flights home. (B)


Susan Easton Black, Ph.D.

Susan Easton Black
Current professor of Church History and Doctrine, author of 100 books including Joseph Smith: Praise to the Man; Joseph, Exploring the Life and Ministry of the Prophet; The A to Z of Church History and Doctrine and Covenants, popular BYU Ed. Week speaker, and the only woman to have received the prestigious Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award.

George Durrant, Ed.D.

Current sealer at the Mt. Timpanogos Temple; author of more than 50 books including the popular Love at Home—Starring Father and Don’t Forget the Star; has taught religion at BYU; worked in many capacities for the Church Education System; and also served as director of Priesthood Genealogy. He served as president of the Kentucky Tennessee Mission, president of the Missionary Training Center in Provo, UT and recently in the Nauvoo Illinois Temple.

TOUR COST: $1495 (based on double occupancy and payment by check/cash. $1540 for paymenby credit card.)  


Terms & Conditions


  • Lectures with Susan Easton Black & George Durrant 
  • Cruise Lady Escort 
  • Meals as indicated(all breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners)
  • Hotel Accommodations 
  • Use of a receiver to better hear the narrative and instructions above the background noise. 
  • Entrance Fees & Activities 
  • Transportation in Deluxe Air-conditioned Coach 


Not Included 

  • Meals on arrival day,lunches, 3 dinners and meals on the way home. 
  • Air to Kansas City and home from St. Louis
  • Personal Items 
  • Trip Cancellation Protection 
  • Transportation to hotel

Payment Schedule  

  • Deposit of $500 per person
  • Final Payment due February 18, 2019 (nonrefundable March 182019)

Cancellation Policy  

  • $30.00 per person after deposit is received
  • $500 per person after February 18, 2019 
  • 100% cancellation penalty afterMarch 182019

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the nature of this tour you must be able to climb steps and walk briskly unassisted.

Please note that minor changes to the itinerary may occur due to local conditions and to better accommodate our group.

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