On the 2nd day of April, 1892, I left Paris, Idaho for the purpose of filling a mission to the Southern States in connection with gathering the genealogy of some of my people. Went to Salt Lake City and attended the April Conference and witnessed the laying of the Cap Stone on the Salt Lake Temple on the 6th day of April on which day I went up on the top of the Temple and had my likeness taken by the side of the bronze statue of the Angel Moroni in connection with a number of others, the Superintendent, Don Carlos Young and family being in the group. The distance travelled from Paris to Salt Lake City was 240 miles, ten of it by team and 230 by railroad. I was set apart for my Mission on the 8th by Apostle John Henry Smith and Elder B. H. Roberts, the latter being mouth and left Salt Lake City on the U.P.R.R. on the 9th for the Southern States in company with several others. On our way, we stopped 20 minutes at Rollins, Wyoming for breakfast. Distance from Salt Lake City to this point 330 miles, stopped again at Laramie 20 minutes for dinner. In the afternoon of the 10th, we crossed the highest railroad bridge on this line and just before getting to Granite Canyon we went right up into the top of the mountains Some scrubby pines and lots of very large rocks, fine sight. This is the highest point on the U.P. Rail Road, 8000 feet above sea level. Stopped at Cheyenne 30 minutes. Arrived at Denver, Colorado at 8:30 o’clock p.m. and changed cars for Kansas City, Missouri. Night found us at Iron Wells, here a few days before a wind storm passed blowing down in its line 80 miles of telegraph poles, blew the roof off the court house and otherwise damaging town property. The 11th found us at Grandville, Colorado. This morning I saw the first corn stocks on my trip, in the Kansas River bottoms. I saw the wild grape vine and sycamour tree, also arrived at Kansas City, Mo. O.K. Changed cars at K. C. for Memphis for which point we started at 6:30 a.m. April the 12th brought us to Mammoth Springs on the line between Arkansas and Missouri. A little farther on brought us to Black River which was out all over the bottoms, there had just been a heavy rain storm. Here we travelled miles on Trussel work. April 13th we crossed the Mississippi River. The train was run to the ferry boat and carried over to Memphis, Tenn. Layed over until 9:30 a.m. In the mean time, I in company with a couple of other Elders visited the city and its city park. And at 9:30 we took the Chattanooga train for Chatanooga, Tenn. the headquarters of the Southern States Mission where we arrived in the evening of the 13th and stoped at the Kinsley Hotel where I stopped until the 15th. Whole distance travelled from Salt Lake City 2,100 miles. While stopping in Chattanooga, I visited many places of interest. The National Cemetery where 18,000 Soldiers were entombed. Also visited Point Lookout Mountain, went up on the incline Rail Road to the summit, over looking Mochoson Bend on the Tenn. River, and also viewing may other historical points connected with the Southern war. From this mountain a fine view of the surrounding country may be had. This is where some of the Union generals were stationed for a short period during the war of the Rebellion. After returning to my hotel I visited the famous battle ground “Mission Ridge” and the exact spot and tree where Gen. Grant commanded his army during the battle at this place, selecting a chip from the famous oak that sheltered him during the Battle. Friday the 15th I went 20 miles out on the Tenn. Rail Road to Cassandra, Georgia to Burt Fasetts and spent 3 days visiting old saints, had a good time, There are 2 families of them, they were very glad to see an Elder. They are trying to sell out to move to Zion. I went back again to Chattanooga on the train. 20 miles. On the 19th I left Chattanooga on the Chat. Nashv. and St. Louis R.R. to Kentucky distance 250 miles. Reached Dr. Hunt’s place on Mud River Muhlenberg Co., Ky. on the 21st delayed some on account of washouts, reached the Dr’s about noon after walking about 71⁄2 miles. Treated nicely. Some intinivation, however, being made that the Elders headquarters could be moved to some other place with interest to the cause of truth as this place had all ready been used by them for many years. Elder John Sykes (who had been with me all this time from Salt Lake City) and I waited here 2 days for Elders J. W. Vance and Chas. H. Worthen to arrive from out in their field of labor, as this was their headquarters. On the 23rd we met Elders Vance and Worthen which was much appreciated by us.