Wednesday, December 4, 1901
We arose very early as we had to hustle in order to catch the train. Soon after eating breakfast we bid the folks goodby. It seemed like leaving home. We had about six miles to walk and made it in one hour and 20 minutes. Took the train to Milford, Ellis County, for Waco, Fare 75c. Left at 9 a.m. Reached Watt about 11 o’clock. The train was just pulling out from Waco for Gatesville so we jumped on while it was going. Had to pay the conductor of a mile to McGregor, making 80c. Stopped there awhile and bought a ticket on to Gatesville for half-fare, 45c. Arrived there at 1 p.m. Bought a few things and then made our way to our work. Were refused a school building the first thing. Visited a few families. Stayed over night with Bro. Wendymere. Nice supper and a good conversation and a fine bed. Quite tired.
Thursday, December 5, 1901
I had an awful cold and was feeling very miserable. The kind family did not call us but ate their breakfast and when we arose, they soon prepared a nice meal for us. We conversed with the old gentleman for some time and then began the work of another day. The houses were very scattered and of course we had a great deal of walking to do. At noon we came to a Sister Cox, where we were given a nice dinner and talked for some time upon the gospel. Continuing, we visited several more families. Sold three books. At night we came to Bro. Renkin’s and while I was asking him for a place to tarry, he says, “Come in gentlemen. I will take pleasure in entertaining you.” We spent a very pleasant evening conversing upon the Gospel and they were very glad that we had come. My cold was very bad.
Friday, December 6, 1901
We arose quite late. My cold was still very bad. After breakfast we talked with the family for a while. Read some from the Doctrine & Covenants. When we got ready to go the old gentleman walked around the house with us and said that he was very glad that we had called as we had imparted some truth unto him. He said that the hours spent with us were the happiest ones he had spent for some time. Also they said for us to make his place our home whenever in the country. We began visiting the families, although they were a long distance apart. At noon we called at Bro. Bishop’s where we had a pleasant conversation and were given a nice dinner. Leaving his place, we came into the Purmela District. Saw the trustees and were given the privilege of holding a few services in the school house. Norated a meeting through the school for Saturday night. We stopped in the little burg for a short time, then started out to seek for a place to tarry. Were refused once. The next place, Bro. Ritchie, we were taken in. Partook of a nice supper, after which we talked on the gospel until 9 p.m. Retired to rest. Good bed.
Saturday, December 7, 1901
We arose quite early. The gentleman started to town quite early. It was very foggy and quite cold but we had to start out. We went into the woods where we made a fire and took a shave and at 10:10 went on our way again. Took dinner with Bro. Thompson. Could not lead him out onto the gospel. Did not tarry long after dinner. Spent all of the afternoon walking, visiting the houses. Came to the school house about dark where we remained until the crowd came in. I presided. Elder Craner spoke for 50 minutes upon the First Principles of the Gospel. I added a few words and appointed a meeting for Sunday at 11 a.m. During the meeting two young men thought they would show their raising by smoking while our service was going on. We were invited home with Bro. Chamlee, where we spent a good night.
Sunday, December 8, 1901
It was late when we arose. Had a fine breakfast. The weather had changed. The wind was in the north. Came with a rain as cold as could be almost. We appeared at the school house at the appointed time but being so cold there was but one man came out and the Lord no doubt caused him to come so we could have a place of shelter. His name was Johnson. We went home with him. Partook of a nice dinner consisting of turkey and many other of the rich things of the earth. My boil and cold together were causing me to feel very miserable. Elder Craner did most of the talking with them. We spent a very pleasant afternoon. Ate another hearty meal off from the old turkey. Before retiring, the kind sister prepared me a plaster of tobacco and grease which I put on my chest. I coughed for some time after going to bed. Took a little cough medicine and went to sleep. Rested fine.
Monday, December 9, 1901
When we awoke the wind had ceased to blow. At 8 a.m. we extended our thanks to the kind people and went on our way rejoicing. They gave us a standing invitation to return at any time while in the country. Called at one of the stores for more cough medicine. Our bottle was filled up gratis. We then called on Mr. Martins, a young doctor, for some blood medicine. He gave us two small bottles for nothing. The Lord had opened the way for us to get what we need. Then we went into the country and began work. The first man we met was very bitterly opposed to us. Would not allow us the privilege of correcting his false ideas. Were given a nice dinner by Bro. Freeman. We spent the afternoon walking about over the hills but found no families. Came to Bro. Grubb, a man who kept himself aloof from any of the man-made systems. Were treated nicely. Had a good bed.
Tuesday, December 10, 1901
We arose early. Soon after breakfast we took our departure for Purmela to get our mail. While there, we bought 5c of apples and the same in candy. Came out to work again. Did not get any dinner. Met several hard-shell Baptists. Also stayed all night with one by the edge of Hedgepath. We talked until 10 p.m. on the Gospel, but were just as far apart when we closed as when we commenced. He had some very strange ideas concerning the gospel.
Wednesday, December 11, 1901
We arose feeling well with the exception of the cold that was bothering me. We found the man was very prejudiced as he would not accept one of our small pamphlets. Commencing work for another day, we called on the trustees. Were granted the privilege of holding meeting in the school house. Appointed a meeting for night. There wasn’t anybody who was kind hearted enough to ask us in and give us dinner so we were under the necessity of asking for it. We made known our wants to Bro. J.E. Huskins and were given a nice dinner. Continuing, we visited all of the families in the community. Walked to the school house and had our meeting norated through the school. After school was out, we spent the time reading until the people came in at 7:30 p.m. We commenced with about 25 present, Elder Craner presiding. I occupied most of the time upon the first two principles of the gospel. Elder Craner spoke for a while and closed. Sold one book. Some of the boys were cutting up during the service. Bro. Yocham asked us home. Were given a good bed. Retired at 9:30. Rested very well.
Thursday, December 12, 1901
It was late when we arose. I was feeling very miserable. The weather was bad and we had no work to do, so by the kindness of Bro. Yocham, we spent the day with him. Explained several points of doctrine to him and wife that before were mysteries to them. By their consent, we heated some water and took a good bath. Ate dinner. The sun came out and we then washed our clothes, after which I wrote a letter to U.V. Perkins. At the appointed time we again appeared at the school house and held meeting, with about 20 present. I presided. Elder Craner took up all of the time. Came home again with Bro. Yocham. Before retiring I wrote my journal up.
Friday, December 13, 1901
When we arose there was a north wind blowing and it was as cold as could be almost. Before retiring the night before, I took six pills. They began to work about 10 a.m. and made me very sick. I threw up all day. I laid down on the bed all afternoon. Elder Craner spent most of the day in talking with the folks upon the gospel.
Saturday, December 14, 1901
The weather was still awful cold. At 8 a.m. we bid the kind family goodby and were on our way. They insisted that we stay with them longer but we must go, although it was cold. We had not gone far until we had to stop and make a fire to get warm. Continuing, we called on old Bro. Frank Wright where we talked for some time and partook of a nice dinner. At 2 p.m. we took our departure for Evant, a distance of 6 miles. The wind was in our faces so we were compelled to walk very fast in order to keep warm. Arriving at the post office, I found three letters from home. Folks were all well. One of the letters contained a one dollar bill. I bought me a suit of underclothes for 80c and prepared for the cold weather. We came back in the country two miles and were given entertainment by Bro. Fletcher, a Millennial Dawn member. They were desirous of hearing us preach so we held a short service with the family. Both of us talked. After we got through, he desired to explain his ideas unto us. We listened unto him for a while and then began asking him questions. He had some very strange ideas. He said that Satan and his angels fell after the flood; that Dan’s Zion was not to be fulfilled until the beginning of the millennium; that Christ was here upon the earth – he made his advent in the year 1874; and also that God was doing nothing at the present time to save His people. All of these foolish ideas and several others we refuted as fast as he would advance them. He did not like it so much for two kids to tear him up so bad. We retired to rest. It was some time before we could get warm.
Sunday, December 15, 1901
We arose feeling very well. When we got ready to go, we extended our sincere thanks to them for their kindness. This was hardly sufficient. The old man said that it would take 50c a piece to square the bill. I explained to him further how we traveled and he said it was all right. We retired to the woods and in a secluded spot built a fire and spent the Sabbath writing letters to our loved ones. At 4 p.m. we started out to seek a place for entertainment. Were refused several times. Tarried with Bro. Halloway. They were a hard set. All would talk at once and we had no chance to explain the gospel to them. Retired at 9 p.m. Rested well.
Monday, December 16, 1901
It was 8 a.m. before we arose and 10 a.m. Before we ate breakfast. The family was awful slow and would holler at the other and so the work went on. As soon as the meal was over, which consisted of bread, bacon, and gravy, we took our departure. Visited several families. Came to Bro. Barkley, a man who had entertained our Elders in this state about 20 years ago. As soon as we introduced ourselves he says, “Come in the house, gentlemen. We will have dinner in a short while.” We partook of a nice meal, after which we exchanged ideas upon the gospel. Before leaving, we sold him two books. He wanted us to remain over night but we were under the necessity of going to Evant to post our mail. We talked with the postmaster for a while and then went out to find a place to tarry. Were taken in by Bro. R.L. Chapman, where we spent a very pleasant evening. Retired at 9:10 p.m.