Get out of the classroom and come experience England! Students will experience the intimate connection between the lives of early British converts to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the history and geography of the places in which they lived, and the Church communities they joined and built. Each student will have the opportunity to guide the group through the life of a British convert, with a firsthand experience of the historical and modern landscape of his or her community. For those students with British ancestry (not required), this study will forge an especially strong connection to their own religious heritage. Ideally, students will take an applicable family history research course during winter semester 2023 to prepare for the study abroad experience, but this is optional.
Students will place these personal experiences in the broader context of heritage tourism (including religious and genealogical tourism) as an aspect of economic development in modern British communities (including the modern Church). Students will also have opportunities for mentored research in these areas using British scholarly resources such as archives and libraries.
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