Book of Mormon Family Vacation


Book of Mormon Family Vacation

7 Day Tour

06/12/2023 - 06/18/2023

Dave & Darcy business pic
Dave Hadlock
John Bytheway
John Bytheway

Book of Mormon Lands & Mayan Ruins All-Inclusive Resort Vacation

Join Bountiful Travel and your tour leaders this summer for a relaxing all-inclusive vacation and explore the ruins of Central America. Enjoy your amazing resort on the beach, explore ruins such as Chichen Itza, Ek Balaam, Coba (on a bike ride) and Tulum. On the free days, we will have Book of Mormon classes at the resort in the morning with John and Dave. Your afternoons are free to relax by the pool, explore local cenotes (underground caves) or visit water parks on the ocean.

Tours and Seminars Directed by John Bytheway & Dave Hadlock.
See Biographies at the bottom of the page


Day 1 : Fly from US to Cancun

June 12, 2023 (Monday)

Upon arrival to Cancun you will transfer to your all inclusive beach hotel. This 4 or 5 start resort is where you will stay throughout your vacation. All food and drinks are included as well as many of the fun activities sponsored by the resort. Your resort will be situated near Playa del Carmen. From your resort you will take day trips to beautiful Maya ruins and optional trips to places like underground cenotes (cave snorkeling) or the theme park XPlor.

Day 2 : Book of Mormon Seminars (Morning) – Free Day (Afternoon)

June 13, 2023 (Tuesday)

Today is a free day to do whatever you want. After breakfast, you can meet John Bytheway & Dave Hadlock for a meet & greet along with Book of Mormon Presentations. The day is yours to relax on the resort’s beautiful beach, go snorkeling, take a taxi to nearby Playa del Carmen for shopping, or even go cave snorkeling in one of the nearby cenotes (this is something you may want to try at some point if you enjoy snorkeling).

Day 3 : Tour to ruins of Tulum and Coba

June 14, 2023 (Wednesday)

Today after breakfast you will visit the beautiful ruins of Tulum and Coba. You will travel down the coast to the ancient Mayan City of Tulum. This beautiful walled city was built on cliffs overlooking the blue-green waters of the Yucatan Caribbean. Your local LDS guide will give the history and archaeology of the site and suggest what relationship the ancient Mayas may have had to the peoples of the Book of Mormon. From Tulum, we will travel deep in the Yucatan jungle to the Coba ruins. After visiting the ruins, we will return to the resort in the evening.

Day 4 : Book of Mormon Seminars (Morning) – Free Day (Afternoon)

June 15, 2023 (Thursday)

We will have morning presentations by both John Bytheway & Dave Hadlock on the Book of Mormon. The afternoon will be free to spend as you’d like. For those who would like to go shopping in Playa Del Carmen or take a tour to a local theme park, we can help arrange transportation.

Day 5 : Tour to ruins of Ek Balaam, Chichen Itza & Optional Cenote swimming

June 16, 2023 (Friday)

Today after breakfast you will go to the ruins of Chichen Itza. Chichen Itza is now on the list of the 7 wonders of the World. Erik will guide you through this amazing site. Chichen Itza is deep in the jungle and dates back to 100 BC. Chichen Itza which means “at the mouth of the well of Itza “, is the 2nd most visited archeological site of Mexico today. Following our tour to the ruins, you can cool off in the nearby cenote. In the evening, we’ll return to our resort hotel. Swimming entrance and lunch at Chichen Itza not included.

Day 6 : Book of Mormon Seminars (Morning) – Free Day (Afternoon) – Optional tour to a local Cenote

June 17, 2023 (Saturday)

Free day to enjoy the resort. Book of Mormon classes in the morning by John Bytheway & Dave Hadlock.

Day 7 : Flights home

June 18, 2023 (Sunday)

After breakfast, you will check out of the hotel. Flights home from the Cancun Airport.


Included in Cost of Tour
  • 6 Nights/7 Days at a beautiful, all-inclusive Riviera Mayan resort hotel (Grand Bahia Principe Luxury Akumal 5 star resort).
  • All Meals
  • Local LDS Tour Guide – Maya/Book of Mormon Expert
  • LDS Tour Directors
  • Transfers to/from the Airport (must arrive on our flight to include transfers). If you arrive after the LDS tour director, you will need to take a taxi to the resort.
  • Tours to the Ruins (2 Days)
Not Included
  • Roundtrip Airfare to Cancun
  • Optional excursions to XPlor and Cenotes on Free Days
  • Tips – $10 per person tip for the local guide (Erik) is recommend. Tips for the LDS tour directors are not required but appreciated.


  • $1895 per person, based on double occupancy
  • $1955 per person if paying by credit card
  • Single Supplement of $800
  • Discounts of $200 for 3rd and 4th passengers in a room under the age of 18 staying with an adult.
  • Groups of 10 or more will receive a $100 per person discount.
Terms & Conditions 
  • $300 per person deposit – deposit is non-refundable, but it is transferable to another party on the same date.
  • Final payment is due by March 12, 2023.
  • Cancellation policy – Deposit is non-refundable. After final payment has been made, full tour amount is non-refundable
  • We reserve the right to cancel this tour if we do not have at least 26 people booked in the group.
  • Passports are required for this tour


Dave Hadlock
Dave has worked as a tour director to religious sites for over 16 years. He began as a contracted guide working for other LDS travel agencies while owning an export clothing business (used and vintage clothing). He enjoyed the vintage clothing business. It was kind of like prospecting for gold, only looking for old clothes. As the vintage clothing business declined, he moved into travel full time with the opening of Bountiful Travel. His qualifications for religious teaching began as a missionary when he felt his soul enlarge (in the words of Alma) as he heard a master teacher of the scriptures. He wanted to be able to help others feel the same way through his teaching. He began an intense study of the scriptures as a missionary and continued after his mission working on a Master’s degree in Ancient Near Eastern Studies (Biblical Hebrew emphasis). He studies looking for unique insights into the scriptures and has worked hard at learning how to teach those insights in an interesting manner. His background in Mesoamerican studies and Ancient Near Eastern studies lends to unique insights into the scriptures. He is laid-back and loves to have fun. He loves teaching and being with people. So for him this is the ultimate job. He hopes that his love for the scriptures is contagious as he teaches. He’s taken over 100 tour groups to Central America and Israel over the last 14 years and hopes you will join him on one of his trips.
John Bytheway
John was born and raised in Salt Lake City, and he served his mission in the Philippines. Following his mission he attended the University of Utah, and later graduated from BYU. John has taught the Book of Mormon at Brigham Young University, and the BYU Salt Lake Center since 1996. In 2003, he earned a Master’s Degree in Religious Education. He is the author of more than two dozen books and CDs many of which, he says, are effective non-prescription sleep-aids. He loves to golf, write, read, and play the banjo and guitar. John is a founding member of the local chapter of the Andy Griffith Show Re-run Watchers Club, and does a spot-on impersonation of Deputy Sheriff Barney Fife. John was recently released as bishop of the Salt Lake Winder 10th Ward, and is now teaching Sunday School with his wife, Kim. John and Kim have six children and a completely full SUV which doubles in value when it’s full of gasoline.
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Book of Mormon Family Vacation - 7 Day Tour


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