2019 Nauvoo Pageant & LDS Church History Tour with Gerrit Dirkmaat

Dates July 22-27, 2019
Destination Liberty, MO; Kansas City, MO Nauvoo, IL; Carthage, IL; St. Louis, MO;
Duration 6 days 5 nights
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Activity Level*:

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We invite you to join BYU Professor and special guest speaker,Gerrit Dirkmaat this summer to celebrate the spirit of the early pioneers as you witness the amazing Nauvoo Pageant.  History will be brought to life while you visit Independence, Missouri; Liberty Jail, Far West, Adam-Ondi-Ahman, Carthage Jail, and Nauvoo.

These unforgettable locations will become all the more colorful as you travel with a choice group of Latter-day Saints and an excellent Church Historian.   You'll catch the vision of the Prophet Joseph Smith as you experience the trials, suffering, and triumphs of the Church in Missouri and Illinois.

This tour is fun for all ages.  Come be part of the festival atmosphere that is only there during pageant season.   

Brother Dirkmaat works at BYU in the church history department.  Before that he worked as a historian and writer for the Church History Department from 2010 to 2014 with the Joseph Smith Papers Project.  He and his wife Angela have four children.   

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TOUR ID#929G22

*While the physical activity on this tour (walking distances) is not great, the days are full with touring from breakfast to dinner time with "down-time" only in the evening.

Day 1:Monday, July 22, 2019

Departure City/Kansas City/Richmond

Depart this morning for Kansas City. Upon arrival, we drive along the beautiful banks of the Missouri River to Richmond to see the Three Witnesses Monument. Next, we visit the Richmond City Cemetery to see the grave site of David Whitmer. After dinner, we attend a church history devotional given by our historian to prepare us for our week ahead. Accommodations are for two nights at the Embassy Suites. 

Meals : Dinner
Day 2: Tuesday, July 23, 2019


This morning we drive to Independence to visit the LDS Visitor’s Center and temple lot--the site where the first temple was commanded to be built in this dispensation. Following lunch, we travel to the Liberty Jail and Visitor’s Center; it was here during the winter of 1838-39 that the Prophet Joseph Smith was imprisoned. During his incarceration, he received Doctrine and Covenants, Sections 121-123. For those interested, tonight we have the opportunity to attend a session in the Kansas City Temple.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3: Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Far West/Adam-Ondi-Ahman/Nauvoo 

Following breakfast, we drive to Far West to see the temple site.  Cornerstones for a temple were laid here in July 1838. Although the Saints were not able to complete the temple, the cornerstones and property remain as a testament of their faith and devotion to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our next stop is Adam-ondi- Ahman. A group of Saints settled briefly in the area in 1838. Spring Hill was named “Adam-ondi-Ahman” by the Prophet Joseph Smith, as indicated by the Lord in revelation (see D&C 116). Upon arrival in Nauvoo, we see the British Pageant “Truth Will Prevail” which tells the history of early Mormonism in the British Isles. The faith, devotion, and sacrifice of the nineteenth-century British church members helped make possible the flourishing religious community that was established in Nauvoo.  Accommodations are for three nights at the Nauvoo Family Inn & Suites.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Thursday, July 25, 2019


Today we begin our tour of old Nauvoo. Our stops this morning are the Joseph Smith Homestead, Mansion House, gravesites of Joseph, Emma, and Hyrum, and the Red Brick Store.  This afternoon we have free time to visit the rest of historic Nauvoo including the Riser Tin Shop, Scovil Bakery, Browning Gun Shop, Times and Seasons Print Shop, John Taylor Home, Brigham Young home, and the Family Living Center to name a few. Also, there are various performances available throughout the day. Following dinner, we visit the Nauvoo Country Fair; a favorite activity for young and young at heart. We enjoy 20 different 1840’s style games and activities hosted by family cast members dressed in period costumes. This evening, we see the Nauvoo Pageant which tells the story of early Latter-day Saint church members who, in 1839, fled to Nauvoo to escape religious persecution.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5:Friday, July 26, 2019


We begin our day with an optional session at the Nauvoo Temple with opportunities for the youth to do baptisms. After lunch we visit the pioneer cemetery and then depart for Carthage. We have a tour of the jail where the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were martyred. This evening we see the production “Sunset on the Mississippi” and then walk the Trail of Hope reading excerpts from diaries of the Saints who joined the Mormon exodus from Nauvoo in 1846. We overnight at the Nauvoo Family Inn & Suites.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Saturday, July 27, 2019

Hannibal/St. Louis

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

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch


  • 1 tour-bus experience for the whole tour
  • Hotel accommodations for 5 nights
  • Meals as specified on itinerary (B,L,D)
  • Ground transportation via deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
  • All Admissions and activities as specified in itinerary
  • Meal Gratuities
  • Church Historian Gerrit Dirkmaat

Not Included:

  • Airfare
  • Meals not specified in itinerary
  • 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)
  • Single price: 1494.00
  • Triple price: 1149.00
  • Quad Price: 1099.00
  • Cash Discount $45.00

Payment Terms:

  • Deposit of $250.00 due at time of booking
  • Final payment due May 23, 2019
  • •Program based on a minimum of 29 travelers. Surcharged may be assessed if number not met.

* Note: Do not purchase airline tickets without consulting LDS Travel Study. There is a minimum amount of passengers needed to operate this tour.

Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Prices and itineraries are subject to availability and may change without notice. Terms: morrismurdock.com/terms