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Cumorah to Bountiful Tour

November 3 – 17, 2018

15-Day All Inclusive, Deluxe Tour

$2,995 per person double occupancy

Does not include international airfare

(United States to Mexico City and Belize City to the United States)


Inasmuch as the hill Cumorah and the hill Ramah are one and the same, and inasmuch as The Book of Mormon requires the hill Cumorah to be located by the narrow neck of land in Jaredite territory, then we conclude that the hill Ramah/Cumorah is located in the state of Veracruz, Mexico. Since we now know that the Olmec nation dating from 1800 to 250 BC living along the Gulf of Mexico is the same people spoken of in Ether in the Book of Mormon, we can increase our understanding of the ancient Jaredites and the final years of the Nephites by visiting the states of Tabasco, Veracruz and Oaxaca.  Maya names, such as Kish, Mormon, waters of Ripliancum and Shim are identifiable.  During the tour you will visit the area where Mormon hid up the records as he gave his son, Moroni, the Nephite record that would come forth in our day. The spiritual highlight of the Book of Mormon is the Savior’s visit to the Nephite-Maya people who had gathered themselves together at the temple in the land Bountiful where they witnessed the fulfillment of the Law of Moses.  From information in the Book of Mormon, we know that the city of Bountiful was in the land Bountiful and close to the city of Mulek which was located in the east wilderness of the land of Zarahemla by the east sea, or the Caribbean ocean, in northern Belize.  A highlight of this tour is a visit to the proposed land and city Bountiful where the Savior visited the Nephites.

 

You will visit four LDS temples, eighteen archaeological sites and museums, and nineteen locations associated with the Book of Mormon. Call today to book your space on this once-in-a-lifetime Book of Mormon experience. Call us at 801.226.5200 or email us at [email protected]

 

TOUR INCLUDES: fourteen nights in deluxe or best available hotel accommodations, two or more meals daily except on first and last days, first-class bus transportation, entrance fees and guide service to places listed on the itinerary, taxes and tips on group items, literature and maps pertaining to your tour, and escorted by professional tour director Blake Allen.

 

The tour deposit is $500 per person. The total payment is due 60 days prior to departure. The deposit is non-refundable; however, it may be transferred to another tour if taken within 12 months of the original scheduled tour departure. See terms and conditions for details. Prices and itineraries are subject to change.change.

 

ITINERARY


Day 1: Thursday, November 3, Mexico City

Our flights take us to Mexico City, one of the largest cities in the world with a total population of more than 26 million in the valley.  Upon arrival we will transfer to our hotel. (No meals included)

 

Day 2: Sunday, November 4, Mexico City

This morning we will attend church with local members.  We will then visit the LDS Temple and Visitor’s Center of Mexico City.  In the afternoon we will visit the beautiful National Museum of Anthropology, one of the most spectacular museums of its kind in the world. Touring the museum will provide us with an excellent overview of our tour as we are exposed to many beautiful exhibits ranging from ancient pottery to gold and jade jewelry.  Lunch will be provided while at the museum. (Breakfast, Lunch)

 

Day 3: Monday, November 5, Mexico City

Today we will visit the ancient ruins of Teotihuacan.  Occupied from about 200 BC to AD 900, Teotihuacan was one of the largest populated cities in the world during its peak. The inspiring pyramids of the Sun and Moon attract millions of visitors to this most popular archaeological zone in Mexico. This may have been the great city built by King Jacob of the Gadianton Robbers (See 3 Nephi 7). Returning to Mexico City in the afternoon, we will stop at the Shrine of Guadalupe where we will learn about the origin of the Catholic Church in Mexico. (Breakfast, Lunch)

 

Day 4: Tuesday, November 6, Puebla

After checking out of our hotel we will travel to the city of Cholula, which is home to the largest-based pyramid in the world.  It dates to the pre-Classic era (500 BC).  It was destroyed at the time of Christ and has been built over several times. A Catholic church sits peacefully on top of the pyramid today. We will spend the night in Puebla. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 5: Wednesday, November 7, Oaxaca

Today we head into the rugged mountains of Oaxaca. The Oaxaca valley has archaeological evidence that dates to the Jaredite time period and as a result is considered to be the ancient area of the Jaredite lands called Moron.  LDS scholars believe that the Jaredites landed on the Pacific side and moved inland and that a branch of their society settled in the Oaxaca (pronounced Wa-Ha-Ca) area.  Three kingships later they moved to the Gulf Coast area.  Olmec/ Jaredite settlements began to show up along the Gulf Coast between 2000 and 1500 BC.  As we arrive in the colonial city of Oaxaca, we will visit the site of San Jose Mogote dating to 2600 BC and having Mesopotamian style stonework which may indicate their coming from the Tower of Babel area and time period. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 6: Thursday, November 8, Oaxaca

Today we will visit the Zapotec ruins of Mitla, a post-Book of Mormon site, but one that has some fascinating history associated with it.  Although built about AD 700, it shows outstanding accomplishment in the workings of cement and intricate design.  A visit to a local artisan shop and the world famous Tule Tree, believed to be one of the oldest trees on earth, will conclude our day.  (Breakfast, Lunch)

 

Day 7: Friday, November 9, Oaxaca

This morning we will climb by bus to the top of the mountain where the ancient Zapotec ruins of Monte Alban are located. Here we will summarize the three civilizations identified in the Book of Mormon: the Jaredites, Mulekites and Nephites. It was at Monte Alban where evidence of a written language was first discovered in Mesoamerica. The site dates from 500 BC to AD 700 and may have been controlled by the Nephites beginning at the reign of King Mosiah at about 100 BC.  In the afternoon, we will visit the black pottery shop and learn of how this beautiful pottery is created.  A visit to the Santo Domingo Church and Museum will complete our visit to the city which was home to Benito Juarez, a contemporary of Joseph Smith, and Mexico’s only pure native President.  (Breakfast, Lunch)

 

Day 8: Saturday, November 10, Veracruz

We depart Oaxaca and travel to the beautiful Gulf coast city of Veracruz.  As we arrive we will have the opportunity to see the LDS temple here and spend the night in our beach hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 9: Sunday, November 11, Catemaco

Today is a highlight of the tour.  After attending Church, we will check out of our hotel and travel through the area of the waters of Ripliancum (Ether 15:8), a place that has the same meaning in the Aztec (Nahuatl) language, “exceeding large waters.”  We will then visit the hill where leading Latter-day Saint scholars are in agreement as to the location of the hill Ramah/Cumorah mentioned in the Book of Mormon (Mormon 6:2,6; Ether 15:11).  We will drive into the lake-side town of Catemaco for the evening. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 10: Monday, November 12, Villahermosa

Today we bus along Mexico’s “golden lane” passing by both the “place where the sea divides the land” (Gulf of Mexico), and the “narrow neck of land” (Isthmus of Tehuantepec). (See Ether 10:20.)  As we leave beautiful Lake Catemaco we will pass by the hill Shim (Cintepec) where Mormon obtained the records for his history (See Mormon 1:3, 17).  A visit to the site of La Venta, a place we refer to as the city of “Lib”, will continue our study of the magnificent Olmec culture.  (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 11: Tuesday, November 13, Palenque

We start our day with a visit to the Villahermosa LDS Temple followed by the outdoor La Venta Museum, a place that houses large engraved stone monuments dating to the Jaredite time period.  We will then bus on to the beautiful Chiapas mountains which are located in the area of the “land among many waters” described in Mosiah 8:8. Although only four percent of the population of the country of Mexico live in the State of Chiapas, over 40% of the wild animals live in the Tehuantepec, Chiapas and Lacondone mountains. This is reminiscent of the statement in Ether wherein it states that the “land southward was preserved for a wilderness to get game” (Ether 10:21). We will visit the majestic Classic period Maya ruins of Palenque. We will analyze the panel of glyphs at the Temple of the Cross where we see the glyph that has been translated to mean and it came to pass. Dinner will be provided at the hotel.  (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 12: Wednesday, November 14, Chetumal

Today we make our way through the area proposed as the land among many waters.  We will pass by the Usumacinta River, commonly mistaken as the river Sidon in the Book of Mormon.  We will visit the ancient fortified city of Becan, which is remarkably similar to those constructed by Captain Moroni in the East Wilderness of the Book of Mormon, which constructions have been labeled by a leading archaeologist as “the brainchild of some local innovator.”  We will continue on to the city of Chetumal for the evening.  (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 13: Thursday, November 15, Chetumal

Wake up to nature at its best in this peaceful jungle setting.  The misty dew on the grass, the sounds of the birds in the tress and the serenity of the eco-resort setting makes this a day to remember forever. This morning we will visit the archaeological zone of Dzibanche, a fertile region where evidence suggests the city Bountiful may have been located where the Savior visited the Nephites.  Dzibanche, meaning “writing on wood,” owes its name to the fact that Temple number VI had a fairly large lintel made from quebracho wood that bears eight glyphs dated to AD 618.  Dzibanche was a major site in the Maya area in the Classic Period (AD 300-900). Afterwards we will go to the archaeological site of Kohunlich, which is best known for its Temple of the Masks, an Early Classic pyramid whose central stairway is flanked by large stucco masks. The temple was built around AD 500.  The giant masks represent the Sun God "Kinich Ahau".  The city rose to prominence in the Early Classic when there were important ties to the cultures of northern Belize.  We will return to Chetumal for the night.  (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 14: Friday, November 16, Belize City

This morning we will cross into the country of Belize and travel south to the New River.  Traveling up the river by speed boat is an amazing experience as our guide introduces us to some of the many species of tropical birds, the beautiful vegetation, and possibly a crocodile or two. Arriving at Lamanai we will have a guided tour of the remnants of this ancient Mayan city that may have been the land of Jershon mentioned in the Book of Mormon.  After enjoying a traditional Belizean lunch, we will return by boat to Orange Walk and continue on to Belize City for our final night of the tour.  (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Day 15: Saturday, November 17, Flights Home

We transfer to the airport where we will check in for our flights home. Our journey to the Book of Mormon lands has come to an end, but we will take with us memories that will last a lifetime. (Breakfast)

 

Included in the Tour:

● Fourteen nights in deluxe hotel accommodations

● Two or more full meals daily

● First-class bus transportation

● Entrance fees and guide service to places listed on the itinerary

● Taxes and tips on group items

● Literature and maps pertaining to your tour

Escorted by professional tour director, Blake Joseph Allen


Provided meals are noted at the end of each day.

Time will be given for optional third meals during the day.

Prices and itineraries are subject to change.

 

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