“I don’t know if I can pick just one favorite spot that we went to. I really liked the John Johnson home because of Joseph’s example. I could also feel Heavenly Father’s love for me strongly there – to think that I was in a room where He appeared! It was so amazing. The Spirit was strong…I loved Adam-Ondi-Ahman! What an incredible spirit is there. I rededicated my life to make it back to Heavenly Father while we were there. ”


“I have experienced many answers to my prayers. I have experienced the love of both my Father in Heaven and my Savior. I know that they know me. I have experienced the comfort and guidance of the Holy Ghost. I have experienced a special feeling of closeness to my ancestors as I walked where they once walked. But most of all I have experienced a love and solemn respect and testimony of and for the prophet Joseph. The experience that touched my heart most was the first time we sang to the prophet. He was so vividly pictured in my mind standing on those steps that I longed to run up and fall at his feet. I finally realized that everything in this life that brings me hope and light and joy and peace is because of that man…My heart has been touched and changed through the power of music – your music selections are perfect. The rules and standards are perfect – they all allow the Spirit to be present when followed…I appreciate the emphasis on missionary mindedness. I’ve learned so much and I’ve felt so much joy through many missionary experiences.”


“Thank you so much for allowing me to go on this tour. I came on it wanting a change. I wasn’t sure of what specifically but I knew I needed one. I wanted to be happier and I wanted to be so sure of the church before I move out for school. I noticed a change in myself the second day. It wasn’t just all the places we went, it was what was said there and what was felt there. The talks we had about mothers and fathers and siblings changed me. I wasn’t close to my family. All those places and talks we had and the spirit felt at them made me want to make the change. I wrote letters to my family and when they told me they got them I knew the change has started. If I didn’t come on this and be open to everything I felt, things would still be the same with my family. Every little detail on this tour is perfect. I wish I could feel what I did at the sacred grove every day of my life. Thank you again for this tour! I’ll always REMEMBER it!”

Sacred Grove

“I found that the more I felt the spirit the more I have felt the love of the Savior. The more I have felt of His love, the more I have come to know Him and the more I have come to know Him, the more I have come to know myself. I have felt the spirit so strongly both at the special places we visited and on the bus during scripture study.”


“This trip has meant so very much to me. I have been trying my very hardest to prepare for my mission, I really needed three weeks away from work and play in order to remember my priorities. I would not give up this opportunity for anything in the world. I was excited to be able to study the gospel constantly, do missionary work, and see all of the sites, but I had no idea of the things I would feel. I had no idea what it was like to look into the eyes of someone who has never heard the gospel, who desperately needed it, and bear my testimony to them that I know it is true. I came to this tour with a strong testimony, and a sense of my duty and plans in life, but my testimony has become stronger than I ever imagined, and I know that the Lord has a very specific purpose for me in this life. The part of my testimony that has grown the most is my testimony of Joseph Smith. In Vermont, at his birthplace, I asked him for forgiveness for my attitude and lack of testimony of him, in the years past. I now know that he is a true prophet of God, and the one person who could fulfill the mission he fulfilled.”


“This letter is to write you and let you know you have changed my life. This trip has been one of the most amazing spiritual experiences I have had in my life and at perfect timing too. To tell you the truth, I wasn’t really going to go on this trip and I tried talking my parents out of making me go. I needed to work and I wasn’t going to see my friends and I’m planning on playing lacrosse for BYU. I was going to miss out on workouts and practices and there is a good chance I may not make the team now. But I’ll tell you, I wouldn’t change my decision to come on this tour.”