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BYU Virtual Tours Producers on "Cricket and Seagull"

John Livingstone and John Starrs, two of the producers of BYU Virtual Tours, were guests this week of Steven Kapp Perry on "The Cricket and Seagull Fireside Chat."

Have a listen as they explain the origins and challenges of the project, tell of the prestigious award their creation recently won, and, most importantly, talk about the church history we are each called to be part of today.

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BYU Virtual Tours wins Major Award

B.U.M.P. Limited is pleased to announce that Starrs Universal has won a first-place 2010 Silver Telly Award for its media production of "The Mormon Tabernacle" for Hallowed Ground Sacred Journeys, part of the BYU Virtual Tours series. 

Hallowed Ground Sacred Journeys is a co-production of Brigham Young University Religious Education and Starrs Universal.



LDS Living - 

Travel Church Sites in the Blink of an Eye? No Problem, Say BYU Professors 

2 o’clock, you’re in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. At 2:01, At you’re in Manchester, New York, in the Sacred Grove. A group of Brigham Young University professors have created a way for it to happen, and we’re not talking teleportation.

“Hallowed Ground, Sacred Tours” is a collection of text, photos, videos and virtual reality tours posted on an interactive website,, that allow anyone with a computer and Internet access to visit dozens of Church history sites without ever boarding a plane, train or bus.

The idea for the project was conceived in 2001. Since then, the BYU religious education professors behind the work have been in front of the camera, taping footage of Church history sites in places like Utah, New York and Pennsylvania.

“We would like to go to Kirtland, Missouri, Nauvoo and just keep going as long as we have donors that will support it,” said John Livingstone, BYU associate professor and executive producer of the project. “All of it has been done with help of the donors, so it’s all non-profit. … Any money we do make just goes back into the BYU project.”

The footage and other material was first compiled into a book and accompanying DVD called “Salt Lake City, Ensign to the Nations.” Now all the content from the book and DVD, plus much more, is available for free on the website.

Read the Entire Article at LDS Living...


BYU Daily Universe features BYU Virtual Tours

Seeing history from home

Photo by Mariangela Mazzei

People in countries around the world can now visit church history sites in Salt Lake City without ever traveling to the United States, through online virtual tours.

The online virtual tours are meant to provide an interactive experience for members who are unable to come to the United States and visit sites of historical importance to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is hoped these members will grow in their testimony, appreciation and understanding of the early pioneers and the history of the Church.

Hallowed Ground Sacred Journeys is a multimedia platform featuring Religious Educators from BYU. It consists of a website,, a hardcover book, “Salt Lake City, Ensign to the Nations,” a Salt Lake City church history tour guide and a DVD-ROM that includes the virtual tours also found on the website. The educators teach about various sites’ significant to the church.

“We’ve got more members now outside the U.S. than we do inside, and we thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be wonderful if people could actually see the church history sites and kind of be introduced to them and interact with them and see what they wanted to see?’ ” said John Livingstone, executive producer of BYU Virtual Tours and associate professor of church history and doctrine.

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BYU Virtual Tours News Coverage: Mormon Times

In its relatively brief history, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has had scores of experiences founding, settling and planning cities.

The mandate of building Zion has been a commandment from God since less than a year after the church was founded.

Different attempts and plans were made to establish Zion, but each try was foiled as the Saints were driven from their land.


BYU Virtual Tours Press Release 2/19/10

Hallowed Ground Sacred Journeys launches BYU Virtual Tours

Salt Lake City: Ensign to the Nations has been released. This cross-media platform includes a hardcover book, a walking tour-guide, and an interactive DVD-ROM with over 5 hours of video documentaries covering more than 50 historic sites in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

The documentaries can also be seen regularly on BYU Television. Thanks to generous donors, a fully interactive website and blog are available for free at

"I have been sharing this information with friends around the world and the response is outstanding. These tours contain information that we could never access on our own and can be shared and treasured forever."
Frank M. McCord
National Chair
BYU Friends of Religious Ed.
Everett, Washington

Brigham Young University Religious Education presents

Hallowed Ground

Sacred Journeys

featuring BYU Religious Educators teaching about sites significant to
The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints.

"A great source for weekly Mormon Church History Videos"

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