“The Ultimate England and Wales Church and British History Tour”



The River Ribble near Preston, where the earliest Latter-day Saint baptisms in England were performed


Last summer, I lectured on a cruise around the British Isles.  (We stopped off at various ports in the Channel Islands, the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, England, and even France.)  During that cruise, we spent a day in the vicinity of Liverpool and Preston with Peter Fagg, a professional English tour guide who does mostly non-LDS guiding but who is also the Church’s historical consultant for England.  (I didn’t know that there was such a cool calling.)


Our group so thoroughly enjoyed him, and we found him so very knowledgeable, that we immediately began thinking of a land tour combining both mainstream English historical and literary sites with places of importance to Latter-day Saints.  (I had led two tours to the general area of Preston way back when the new temple there was having its open house, and so I was rather familiar with the place, but Peter took us to fascinating sites that I hadn’t seen before.)


A description of the trip that we’ve planned is now up online:




It’s planned for 5-16 July 2013.  Peter Fagg will be the local guide, while — if enough people come along to justify it — I’ll join the group for some commentary of my own, and perhaps a lecture or two (or three or four).


I’m told that ten people have already signed up for the tour.


There will be a maximum of forty-five.  One bus-load.  If you’re interested, I would suggest getting online, looking at it, and making a decision rather soon.


As a life-long Anglophile and a Church history enthusiast, I’m really looking forward to this one.


And now I’m headed off to Cedar City for a performance of Hamlet.





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