Reddin Alexander ALLRED
Allred Lineage: Reddin Alexander, Isaac, William, Thomas, Solomon born 1680 England
Born: 02/21/1822 Farmington, Bedford Co., TN
Died: 06/18/1900 Hubbard, Graham Co., AZ
Submitted by: Don Allred 02/10/2001
(spelling and grammar as submitted)
Reddin A. Allred's journal
Wailuku, Maui; S. I.
Thurs. June 1st. 1854.
I road out to see some Brethren who had given some cattle for purchasing of a printing press, and to assist Elder Cannon and Co. on their return home. I had desposed of the cattle for the commitee, and promised to deliver them in Wailuku on saturday the 3rd inst. I returned about eleven O clock A. M. and went to fast meeting. I preached and was followed by Kanahunahupu.
I received a letter from my Wife; it was writen Dec. 10th 1853; and consequently contained no late news, yet, I felt a pleasure in reading it, because it was writen by one so near and dear to me. One that I love as I do my life; and still I am ready to leave her for the sake of the gospel; and wander among straingers in a straing land; suffering perls by sea and by land - perls among fals brethren, hypocrits and unbelievers; yet out of them all the Lord will deliver me if I continualy put my trust in him. O! for more wisdom, and faith in God; it is my daily prayer that I may learn how to prepare my heart for the great work of God. But O! my weakness is great.
Frid. June 2nd /54
I road to Waiehu to see some of the brethren; returned about noon.
I sold the mule that Peleleu let me have to ride while he was on his mission to Hawaii. This I done by the consent of his wife. They wish to despose of their propity and prepare for emigrating to Zion.
When I returned this morning I found a package of letters on the table which was hear on my return on wednesday last, but the people the house had failed to give them to me. It contained one from my Wife, one from Bro Redick's wife to him, and one from Bro. E. Green, and one from Bro. Haman and,
By the letter from my wife, which was writen Feb. 21st 1854, I learned They was all injoying good health at the time it was writen. Altho. one of the children had been afflicted a few days, but a short time before.
She informed me that Father was kind in assisting her; allso Bro. B Pane an others; for which I pray the Lord to bless them, and enable me to assist their families, if they should ever be left in like circomstancies, and also all others that may need help in my circomstancies life. Espcialy the household of faith.
Being afflicted with a cold & accompaned with a headache I did not attend Oficer meeting this afternoon. I wrote to Bro. Green.
Sat. June 3rd. 1854
This morning I road to Waiehu again, to see to geting those cattle togeather. We only found three of them. I sent one of the brethren to take the mule to Mr Townson and he sent me an order of sixty dollars (for the mule and cattle) on Mr. Renals the proprieter.
On my return home I found three Nos. of the "Deseret News" had just arived. I lost no time untill I read them thru; and I can truly say that I found them (as usual) very interesting.
I went (by request) in the eavning to adminster to a sick child. I found it quite ill, but by the prayr of faith it recieved imediet relief.
Sun. June 4th 1854
I arose early this morning, and went about one mile to meet with the saints on the other side of the creak. I preached to them. After meeting while on my return I met with two that requested baptism. I baptised them and confermed them by the waters edge.
About ten A. M. we met in the meeting house; I preached on the office of the Holy Spirit and endevered to shew to the saints, that the learned men of the age had failed to findout God - that they could not understand the scriptures, from the fact that they lacked the Holy Ghost which alone could unfold them. In as much as they ware given under the influance of the Holy Spirit of God the same spirit was nescesary in order to comprehend them in their true light.
Kanahunahupu spoak after me. We then adjourned for a few moments and met again Geo. Ramond preached; after which I administerd the Lord's supper. Several of the brethern spoak their feelings while the bread & wine was passing.
I asked the saints to assist me to a coat, as the one I had, had seen it best days; and I might as well say, that it was intirely gone. I told them while makeing a circuit around east Maui, in which I viseted about a dozen branches of the saints) I had recieved two dollars, but that was not anough to buy my coat. And as this was a day of trial for the saints, in which they are to be tried and proven to see whither they are basterd or sons; I therefore wished to try them, to see if they loved me. Kanahunahupu rose to speak. He weped while speaking. Said he, brethren I would not ask you to help me to provide for the servents of God if I was not a criple, you know my situation. The servents of God have left all for the gospel of Christ.
Shall we see them suffer? no we will not. Geo. Ramond and Kaihuman, spoak much in the same way. After meeting was desmised, Georg Ramond came to me a told me (as I was expecting to go into Lahaina the next day) to get the money of the press commitee and buy me a coat; and he woul replace it. Keanu gave me one dollar. The Lord bless them forever.
I love such saints for the truth's sake. They manifest their faith, by good works.
Mond. June 5th 1854
Keawe gave me 50 cts. this morning. After breakfast I road to Lahaina; I arrived about one O clock P. M. found Elder Hammond & family well, sister H. having recoverd from her late illness.
Tues. June 6th 1854
Kalea gave me 50 cts. and I got two dollars of Elder Hammond on Bro. Raymond's order; I then bought me a coat. I wrote a letter to my wife, also a few lines to Elder Bigler.
I wrote a letter to President Willard Richards; and at two O clock P. M. I started for Wailuku; the wether being very warm I road slow; night overtook on the top of the mountain, but as there was a fine moon I had no dificulty in makeing the remainder of the journy which was about seven miles; indeed it was more pleasant then when I had the heat of the sun upon me.
Thurs. June 8th/54
I road to waihee to see Bros. Raymond & Kanahunahupu; on my return I stoped at Waiehu and took dinner with Mr Robinson. He gave me four cakes of shaveing soap. I returned to Wailuku - felt quite unwell from the affects of a cold which has been troubleing me for some days passed.
Frid. .. 9th ..
I wrote a letter to Elder Farrer, and then went down to Kahelui to see if there was a chance to send my letter by a vessel that was anchord there. While I was there a vessel came in, I went off with some others to meet her. I got considerabley wet by the sea beating over the boat.
Sat. June 10th 1854
I wrote a letter to Marcellus Bates who was in California. To day I sent the remainder of those cattle to Mr. Townson. In the afternoon I preached on the other side of the creak and on my return I was called to adminster to a sick child.
Sun. .. 11th ..
I did not feel well very well in body, occasioned by a cold which I had imbiled; and consequently did not feel much like preaching. After a short discorse I called upon two of the native Elders who addressed the saints. In the afternoon I spoak again to the saints, followed by Keanu. But few was out, as they met in different places.
Mond. June 12th 1854
I recieved a letter from Bro John E. B. Winchester, requesting me to come up, saing that he would take the horse that was left in my hands by the commitee; so I started imediatly, & delivered him the horse, for which he is to give thirty dollars, with the privlage of selling him for more if a purcheser can be found in one month.
By the consent of Mr Townson I took the mule back, as Peleleu's wife was fearful that he would not be well suited with the traid; and I said within myself that for the future I would be more wise and not sell another man's property without his pertickular order; believing however at the same time that he would not do better with the animel.
Tues. 13th June 1854
After takein breakfast, I started for Kula; I had gone only about one hundred yds. when my mule fell down, throwing me near one rod ahead of her, but I escaped unhurt.
I returned to the shop to mend a lether strap which broak in the fall. I accidently besmeard my coat with paint; and Mr. Steavens gave me his which was better then mine but too heavy to be comfertable, unless in rainy wether. As I was riding up to a house in Kula, my mule took a fright and turned so suden that my left foot sliped from the stirrup and my whole weight came upon the right; the strap broak, and also the Bridle rein at the same time. I fell, and was by the fall renderd senceless for a moment; it was but for a moment however,, but it left me an aching head.
I stoped at Bro. Hoen's and took dinner; and then road to Wailuku. On my arival which was near sunset I found a package of letters containing one from each of the following brethren; Hammond, Bigler & Bro. Redick; all was well, and Bro. R. and company expected to sail for this Island in a few days after the date of his letter which was May 26. Elder H. also forwarded Elder Tanner's letter which was dated San Francisco, May 11th all was well with him. He expects that a vessel will be hear by the twenty fourth of July, as bro Horner was on hand to forward the money to purches a vessel for the Island traid and for the geathering of the saints.
Wedns. June 14th /54
I road over to Waiehu - took dinner with Mr James J. Robinson he gave me a hat which he was selling for six dollars, also stuff for a pare of pants and a pocket handkerchief. He expressed his determination to go with us to the Salt Lake Country. He also sent Elder Hammond a hat of the same quality.
I wrote to Bro. Hammond and sent it by the hand of bro. Rice who was expecting to go to Lahaina to morrow. On my return I that Bro. Redick had arived while I was absent. Elders Cannon, Napela & C came by the way Kaalau (or Koolau) and would not be hear until the first of next week.
His account of their travels on Hawaii - viset to the crater & C, was quite interesting. Seventy four was baptised while they was there.
Bro. Redick preached this afternoon, in which he gave us a short account of his travels. I spoak a few words after him, and desmised the meeting. I felt quite sore from the affects of my fall the day before.
Thurs. June 15th 1854
We wrote up our journals in the forenoon, which was several days in the rear. In the afternoon we went to Waiehu to meeting; Bro. Redick preached & I followed him; Bros. Kanhunahupu & Geo. Ramond also spoak. After meeting we went to Mr Robinson's, and took supper with him, and set in the eavning until nine O clock, hearing him repeat over his history; of which he tells some hard stories. His life has been a checkerd one, and he is much inclined to rowdyism even now; but not so much as formaly. He sais that he inteds to join the "Latter Day Saints", but his mind does not run on principal; he is howeve a liberal hearted man, and is strongly attached to the Elders, and has made preasents to different ones of us, to over the amout of one hundred dollars. While there he gave Bro. Redick a hat like the one he gave to me the day before.
Frid. June 16th 1854
In the forenoone we occupied our time in reading - writing & C. and in the afternoon attended officer meeting. Bro. Redick addressed the meeting; I followed him, as also Elders Kailihuna & George Raymond.
Sat .. 17th ..
Bro. Redick started about eight O clock for Lahaina. I went to the shoemaker's to get my shoe mended; from there I road to Waiehu, and returned in the afternoon - Attended meeting on the north side of the creak; meeting was opend and a brother speaking when I arived; I addressed them at some length for me, for I had the spirit to teach and they to hear, and in such cases all things go well. I recieved of Niahine (or Wahine ?)and his wife one dollar & twenty five cts. for the press; he also gave me 50 cts.
Sund. June 18th 1854.
I was called upon before our forenoon meeting, to go and baptise a man; I went down, but as I did not feel very well I called on Kanuia (Priest) to baptise him, and I confermed him on the bank of the creak.
Kailihune Preached. He is reconed to be the most virtuos straitforword man in the church; indeed his plainness & open manner, with which he opposes eavil, causes some (perhaps such as the coat fits) to complain. The course that he took while on his mission, to ward off the temtations of women, was praisworthy. Fearing the advances of women, which is very common in this nation; (if a woman sees a man with whome she wishes connexion, she unhesitatingly makes the proposition.)
His first object when going into a new place, was to preach against the evil practice, and thereby give them to understand, that all advanceses would meet with opposition. I followed him with a few remark, and then desmised the meeting.
Mond. 19th - ..
Eld's Cannon & Napela arived about three o clock P. M. Bro. Redick returned about sunset; he brought some letters from the brethren of Honalulu, Kauai & C. by them we was informed the law forbiding natives leaving Islands was deffinet. The opinion of judg Lee is however, that there will be no dificulty in their emigrating.
Bro. D. Kaanuai (who is a member of the legislature) presented a bill for the repeel of the law, but he was ruled down, which prooves to my satisfaction, that the design of some at least is to oppose the geathering of the saints; but I cannot expect anything better of the devil's servents.
Tues. June 20th. 1854.
We went in the forenoon to see Mr. J. J. Robinson; he done all in his power to render us comfertable; we had a good diner & supper served up differantly from what we are generaly accostomed to on these lands; custard, Almonds, & rasons helped to make up the variety.
We conversed with him on our faith; he expressed himself as still in the belief of the gospel, and also his determination to obey at some future time. He gave us two bottles of sweey oil; he also presented a poncho to Elder worth about ten dollars. We returned in the eavning.
Wedns. 21st. ..
We attended meeting in the afternoon, Elder Cannon preached followed by Napela. Bro. Redick and I also made a few remarks. After meeting was desmised, Napela reported a dificulty that existed between two of the brethren; the male members was requested to tarry - Elder Cannon was chosen president of the meeting, and the investigation commenced. KaWailiilii charged Keaho of crualy beating one of his cattle; Keaho denied the charge; he said that he had driven two head of cattle from his garden on the day stated, but nether of them belonged to Kawailiilii, nor did he injure them by beating. Two witnesses testafied that they saw him beating two cattle, and one of them was the one in question; but they did not know that the animel was injured untill the next day. There being other witnesses to the affare that was not at the meeting, it was thought best to ajourn until Frid. 23rd. at eleven o clock a. m. All of the witnesses was requested to be present at that time, that the matter might then be desposed of.
Thurs. June 22nd. 1854.
We went to Waiehu in the afternoon. Elder Cannon preached, followed by Kailihune and Bro. Redick; After meeting two was baptised.
Mr. Robinson sent for us to go up and see his child; it had fallen from the counter, and he feard that it was badly hurt; we went up, and found the child had recieved no injury. We set a while in the eavning - took supper & C. He invited us to come over on saturday, and he promised to be baptised at that time.
Frid. June 23rd 1854
I commenced a letter to Bro. Paine. In the afternoon we met with the officers. Elder Cannon adressed them on the duty of their office; followed by Napela, Bro. Redick and The difficulty between Kawailiilii & Keaho was then taken up, and settled; Keaho was pronounced guilty of beating the ox, and the decision was unanimus that he should pay all damiges; to this he consented. Napela, Kaleuhano and Kanahunahupu was chosen a commitee to decide the amount.
Sat. June 24th 1854.
We went over to Mr. James J. Robinson's. Bro. John Winchester came, soon after us; we passed the day very agreable. While there, Elder Cannon baptised Mr. Robinson. We all felt to rejoice to see him go forward, knowing, by so doing, he would place himself in a position to realize a blessing for all of his kndness to us. We returned home abot sunset. Bro. Robinson gave Bro. Cannon a book on international laws.
Sun. .. 25th..
Elder Cannon preached in the forenoon, followed by Napela. At intermision Bro. Winchester and wife went home.
In the afternoon meeting Bro. George Raymond preached, followed by Kanahunahupu & Eld. Cannon. After meeting Bros. Cannon and Robinson went to Makawao (or Makuwao?) Bro. Redik and I went up the creak to administer to a sick woman.
Mond. .. 26th.
I finished my letter to Bro. Paine, and then I wrote a few lines to my wife which I inclosed his letter. Elder Cannon returned in the afternoon. The sisters had a meeting in the afternoon; Bro. C. was ingaged preparing to leave on tomorrow, so we didnot attend: Kailihune had charge of the meeting. After meeting was closed, they came up to take a last fairwell of Elder Cannon; and some of them was appearantly as much affected as if they had been parting with their husband or father. But it was thought best to call a meeting early in the morning that they might hear another adress from him before he took his final leave of them.
Tues. June 27th 1854.
Elder Cannon preached followed by Eld. Napela. At the close of the meeting the saints shook hands with Elder C. & such as had money gave it to him to assist him home.
Bros. Cannon, Robinson, Geo. Raymond, Napela Kanahunahupu & Kaleo started for Lahaina. Kanahunahupu on his way to Lanai, & G. Raymond on his way to Kauai, to fill their appointments. I road with them to the turn of the road to Kealia. Ten years ago this day the prophets Joseph and Hyram Smith was marterd for the testamony of Jesus.
I stoped at Kealia & preached in the afternoon. I felt quite unwell, somthing similer to my occasional feelings for the last three weeks; but I still keep up.
Wedns. June 28th. 1854.
Ten years ago this morning at day light the news first reached my ears of the death of Bros. Joseph and Hyram Smith, and the solemnity of death crept over me as o rose from my bed and called to mind the feeling that prevaded my heart on that Occasion; while speaking to the saints this morning, I related the affair to them. After meeting I road to Honuaula and preached in the afternoon; I was blessed while speaking.
Thurs. June 29th 1854.
I preached again this morning, after meeting I road to Keanhou in Honuaula with the expectation of going to Kahikinui but rain prevented. Kekoa also arived soon after me on his way to Hana his field of labor. We stoped with Pahialea. His son died on the 7th inst. and the chorps was still in the house, but no bad smell arose from it; I advised them to buary it, and not to keep it any longer.
Frid. .. 30th. ..
I took Pahialea with me as a traveling companion in the minstry on my tour around the Island. Kekoa also accompaned us. We road to Kahikinui, - we had a slight shower of rain the way. We held meeting; Nahiolea preached; I followed him with a few remarks, and desmised the meeting.
Sat. July 1st. 1854.
Kekoa preached early in the morning, & I spoak after him. After meeting we road to Nuu and staid over night. Kekoa went on to Maalo. At Kahikinui there is nine saints, and at Nuu seventy four.
Sun. .. 2nd ..
Nahiolea addressed the saints at early morning meeting. I followed him instructing the officers in the way of their duty. I asked the saints to assist Bro. Redick and I to means to pay our pasage to Oahu, as we expected to meet in conference on the 24th inst. Keakuanui gave me 50 cts. and Kanapu 25 cts.
After takeing breakfast we road to Maalo; a portion of the saints went with us. I preahed in the forenoon on the ten commandments; we then had an intermition for a few moments, and then assembled again. Nahiolea delivered a short address; after which I made a few remarks and then adminsterd the sacrament. Seven was cut off from the church. There was fifty saints reported at this place. One was baptised after meeting.
Mond. July 3rd.
We held early morning meeting; Kekoa addressed the saints; I followed him. After takeing some Onions, poi and salt for breakfast we road to Kipahulu; and stoped at the house of bro. Kaleiu; he soon had a chicken prepared with a good dish of soup which I realeshed quite well. We held meeting in the afternoon in the house of an aged bro. (Kuaana by name; the man that had charge of the land had taken his land and crop of potatoes the he had planted, (which was growing very fine) because he consented for the meetings to be held in his house. I preached, followed by Nahiolea. After meeting we went down to see the man that had charge of the land; I asked him what the old man's offence was, that he should thus be treated; he said because he persisted in holding meetings in his house. I asked him if it injured the land for them to meet in the house; he said it didnot. I told him that I precieved that through envy he did it, and in a spirit of opposition to the church; and said I, when you oppose this church you are fiting against God, and ere long you will see your error. He was a member of the calvin church. At our meeting we ordained Paaono an Elder & Kalei a Priest; and confermed one man into the church that had been baptised by one of the Priests.
Tues. July 4th 1854.
Rainy morning. We held early meeting I addressed the saints followed by Kekoa. There was a dificulty existing between a mother in law and her daughter in law, (boath members of the church,) which we took up and tried to settle. The despute was about a chest and some men's cloaths which each one clamed as belonging to their husband, boath of which was dead. The old lady told her story but had no witnesses. The youndwan while makeing her statement said, when her husband sick he called for a scribe, and left his testamony on paper, saying that those very articuls belonged to him and he willed them to his wife. I called for the paper which was prodused, and I found it as she had stated; and also two names attached to it as witnesses, one of which was Paaono. My desision was madeup and stated, that the property belonged to the daughter in law.
Nahialea then asked the young woman if that paper was true before God; she referd him to Paaono. He said, in order that he might not be held under condemnation before God he would tell the truth. He said that the was a deception; the young man died, and afterword the articael was writen by the dictation of the widdow. I repruoved them sharply for testifying falsely. They asked forgiveness of the saints which was granted. I then said that my desision was changed on learning the truth of the matter.
About this time I learned (after about one hour's work) that the case was in law; on learning that we droped the question, and I felt sorrow that I had not known it in the begining, for it would have saved us a deal of trouble.
I felt very much greaved at the course that Paaono had taken in the matter, and he felt fritened himself, after the reproof that I gave him.
We went to Kawaloa and held meeting in the afternoon, Kauahoa and Kekoa addressed the saints, I then made a few remarks. Six was cut off from the church.
Wed. July 5th 1854.
Kekoa and Nahialea ocupied the time in our meeting this morning.
After takeing breakfast, (which I did on poe and salt; the native Elders eating of a pig that was killed by strangling, which is the old Hawaian custom,) I said to them, you have been teaching the saints to refrain from things strangled; how do you expect them to obey your instructions unless you live by it yourselves; they saw their error and said for the future they would be on their watch. I thought by takeing them in this way, it would be a lesson that they would not soon forget. We then road to Kawaipapa found the saints well and in the injoyment of the Holy Spirit. They has just inclosed their new meeting house; we held meeting in it, and I dedicated by prayr after which Nahialea preached followed by Kekoa.
Thursday July 6th/54.
I preached at early morning meeting, and felt much blessed under the influence of the holy spirit while speaking. The following brethern presented me with the amount of money oposet their names. Kahina - 50cts Kaao 25cts. Palea 25 .. Ainoa - 12 1/2, and his wife Kaohumu 12 1/2 Kumaiahea 25. Puhihikea a sister 25. Hauwai 12 1/2, Bro. Ulani and his wife Nawalu 50.
This was our fast day. About 10 o clock A.M. we started for Ulaino; our way was lined on each side with great abundence of the Ohia a very delicious fruit, but as it was observed by us as a day of fastin and prayr, we did not touch them. We arived about noon, the saints was soon assembled, I preached, followed by Nahiolea, Kekoa and Kanahoa; we was blessed while speaking. After meeting we took supper and then went home with Bro. Kalaeloa and staid over night with him.
Frid. .. 7th ..
We held early mornig meeting; I addressed the saints, followed by Kekoa.
Sister Elisabeta gave me 25 cts. Hear Bro. Kekoa left us and returned to Hana his field of labor. Nahialea resumed our journey. We stoped at Waiahue the saints hear was in a prosperous condition sixteen in number. After taking dinner with them, we went to went to Wailua. We held meeting in the afternoon Nahialea addressed the saints.
Sat. 8th July /54
I addressed the saints at early morning meeting. The following brethren of Wailua gave me the following amount. Kaulia 25 cts. Kamanu & his wife Nawai, Kuheloa his daughter and Kanana his son $1.00 between them. Palanalelo 12 1/2. We then road to Keanue. Hear I found a letter from my Wife, also one from cousin Isaac Allred which is in England; news was interesting from boath - all was well which gave me great joy. The letter from my wife was under date of March 26th; that from my cousin was under date of April 6th. We had meeting in the afternoon; Nahiolea preached.
Sun. July 9th 1854.
I addressed the Saints at our early morning meeting. I called the officers togeather before the forenoon meeting, and instructed them in their duty, showing them what they should teach in order to magnify their high and Holy calling. I preached at our forenoon meeting, after which we ajourned a half an hour and then came togeather again. Nahiolea addressed the saints, after which I administerd the Sacrement.
Before the sacrement I confermed a man that was baptised in the morning by one of the Priests. Kulepe and Halou and another Sister, all belonging to Waiahue, gave me 50 cts between them. Muu 12 1/2 and Kalimaeu 25 boath of Keanue. This is one of the most backward branches on this isle about donating their means for the spred of truth. They number over one hundred members - the second branch that was established on these lands, and 37 1/2 cts is all that I am aware of being donated for the benifit of the Elders or for the spread of the truth in any way, except two or three dollars that was given towards the press, with the expectation of being remunirated in books as soon as the printing was done. I told them while I was addressing them in the forenoon, that they was complaining of poverty, and they would allways be poor if they did not take a different course, and donate freely of their means for the building up of the Kingdom of God.
After meeting we road to Papaea; it rained upon us most of the way; the roads was very bad, and night came upon us when we had near two miles to travel; but we arived safe.
Mond. July 10th 1854.
Nahialea preached at early morning meeting; I followed him. I ordained Kahuana a Teacher, there being none in that branch. Pua gave me 25 cts. We took some breakfast and then resumed our journey. I found Bro. Winchester in Hamakua; he had moved over there, & was to work for Mr. Coggswell.
Nahiolea went on home. I stoped and took dinner, and then road to Wailuku whare I arived about sunset. I found on my arival Nos. 9 & 10 of the "Deseret News." By them I learned of the death of President Willard Richards. he died on the eleventh of March 1854 at twenty three minuts past nine o clock. His desease was the dropsy. He was a mighty man in Israel, and altho. we morne his loss, yet we have the asshureance that he has only fallen that he may arise to true greatness, glory and eternal lives.
Bro. Redick was absent; he was on a viset to the Honuaula branch.
Elder B. F. Johnson's reply to an attact that was made in the "Polynesian" against the "Mormons" I also found hear; and altho. some of it is strong meet for unblievers, yet it cannot be confounded, and on the whole is a good work.
Tues. July 11th /54.
In the forenoon was reading the "News". Bro. R. returned about noon. - Passed the afternoon reading conversing & c.
Wed. " 12th "
We remained in our room untill time for the afternoon meeting; we then went to meeting, & I address the Saints followed by Bros. Redick and Napela.
Thurs. " 13th "
I wrote a letter to Bro. James McNight. In the afternoon we went to Waiehu to attend meeting; we found the Saints waiting for us; Bro. Redick asked me to preach, which I did with a good portion of the holy Spirit, followed by bro. Redick and Keanu. We then returned home.
Frid. July 14th /54.
We met with the officers of this district, Bro. Redick addressed them, Napela followed him, after which I addressed them a few moments. Bro. Redick then presented a case for investigation. Kenui a Priest was charged with the crime of adultry; he had been called before the Saints on last friday, he then denied the charge; today he acknowledged the charge, and also said that he had lied about it, but he now saw his error and wished the Saints to forgive him. Bro. Redick moved that his license be taken from him and that he remain as a private member of the church; I seconed the motion, and it passed unanymously. The woman with whom he commited the deed, made her confession and was forgiven. Three was cut off from the Church - one bro. was ordained to the Priest's office; he belonged to the Waihu branch.
Sat. July 15th
We went to Lahaina on our way to Honalulu; we found Elder Woodbury at Elder Hammond's, and he with Eld. H and family was well.
Sun. " 16th.
The Saints not having a house in Lahaina in which to meet, they assembled under the shade trees in Bro. Hammond's yard in front of the house; Bro. Redick preached to them, and I followed him. At two o clock we went up to the hospital to hold meeting, the inmates being men of our own nation; Eld. Woodbury preached; he treated the - in a plain convincing manner; I followed him uniting my testamony with his Elder Hammond made a few remarks and desmised the meeting. We then went to viset the sick that was in hospital; we found three that was near unto death; we then returned home. Elder Woodbury preached at four o clock to the native Saints. Napela came in this afternoon, and called us out for a privet interview; he said that he had fallen into transgression, and he said that he was in our hands, - he wanted us to forgive him if we posible cold; he said that he got mad at the Capt. of the vessel before leaving Kahelui, which caused him to indulg in drink untill he was drunk or at least so much so that he lost the Spirit, while in this situation he cohabited with a woman that was on board; when he reflected upon what he had done he was tempted to throw himself overboard; his mind was so destresd that he couldnot sleap. He related his story in tears - covenented to resist evry appearence of evil. We forgave him with instructions to pray to God to forgive him and also for strength to overcome for the future.
Mond. July 17th /54.
At three o clock in the morning we was awaken by a rap at the dore, I opened the dore and saw John Evens one of the inmates of the hospital standing before the dore; I invited him in; he said that he had come to be baptised. We dressed ourselves - bro. Redick prayed after we had sung a hymn; we then went down to the sea and bro. Hammond immersed him; we then returned to the house and we confirmed him; I acted as spoakesman in the confermation.
Mond. July 17th /54
At five o clock P.M. we went on bord of the Schooner "Moi" bound for Honalulu; we got under way about six P.M. but had no wind untill about nine o clock in the eavning; but was drifted by the curant or outward tide; after this we had an excelant brease, except an hour or two while on the lee of Walakai (Mol0kai?). I took my blanket and lay on the deck, and Slept soundly most all night. About mid way I felt a little sick, but I did not long remain in that attitude; I vomited, and it greatly relieved me so much so that slept until day light; when I awoke on
we was in sight of Honalulu. This brought us in view of a war fleet moored out side and near the enterance of the harber; consisting of six vessels of French and English besides one steemer of war that had enterd the harber. The object of their viset to these iSlands I have not yet lernd. We landed at seven o clock A.M. - found all of the brethren except Elder Farrer O Keeler who had not arived. I forgot to say in the begining that Elder Hammond and wife, Elder Woodbury and bro. Redick ware my Companions. About one o clock P.M. I started in company with Elders Cannon, Bigler, Hammond, Woodbury, and bro. Redick to Koolau, to meet in conference with the native Saints. Rain fell upon us while passing thru Nunanu valley and the last mile before reaching the summit, we had a great deal of mud. Our road from Honalulu to the summit which was six miles, was a gradual ascent, hear we came to a large pali (presipis) whare the natives used to ascend and decend by the means of ropes, but now there is a very good road for horses. From hear we had a vew of the Koolau destrict which presented a beautifull scenery. While descending, quite a heavy shower of rain fell upon us, and it continued showery all day. We met Elder Hawkins on the road about a half mile from his place; he felt greatly pleased on meeting us, as well as We put up with Bro. Hoonuu he fited us up with dry cloaths; and set a table with dishes &c which made us quite comfertable, altho. our food was nothing but beef and poi; but evrything was neete and tidy.
Weds. July 19th 1854.
Conference opened at 11 o clock A. M. Elder Geo. Cannon was chosen President, and W. Uana clerk. Elder Woodbury then addressed the saints and I followed him, Eld. Cannon also spoak, after which conference adjurned for one hour. In the afternoon the branches was represented as followes,1 High Priest, 3 Seventies, 10 Elders, 23 Priests, 21 teachers, 18 deacons, 9 dead, 13 cutoff 72 newly baptised, total 715. Held meeting in the evening Bros. Napela and Uana preached.
Thurs. " 20th ".
Held early morning meeting; Bros. Redick and Hammond spoak. At ten o clock A. M. conference again convend. Eld. Cannon preached. Elder Woodbury followed him. Adj: untill afternoon. Met according to appointment, when a few brethren was chosen called to the ofice of Elder, Priests &c. One man confesed the sin of adultery and decieveing his victim. Bros. Hammond & Cannon spoak on the subject of confession - the consequenses of sin &c., it was then motioned and caried that his license be taken from him.
Bros. Maeniaewa, Napela and Uana spoak; the latter is an eloquent speaker. I spoak also a few words. It was then agreed to have a feast in Honalulu on the 29th inst. We adjourned the conference sine die. The officers was requested to tarry. The men that was chosen to the Priest Hood was then ordained.
Frid. July 21st 1854.
Held early morning meeting. Elder Cannon, Hammond & Bro. Redick improved the time, and gave us good instruction. After breakfast we started for Honalulu accompaned by Bro. Hawkins. We had a little shower soon after starting. Some of the native brethren supplied two or the of the Elders with horses thro. the worst of the road. Bro. Cannon & I took off our shoes and roled up our pants and traveled about two miles thro. the mud, and by that means we went clear of the mud, as far as our cloaths was conserned. On our arival we found Bros. Farrer, Burnham & Rice had just arived: Elder Keeler was yet behind. The "Polynesion" arived to day, it is a splended Ocean Steamer desined for the traid between this and San Francisco. She brought us some of the "Deseret News". By them we learned of the death of Father John Smith Patriarch.
Satu. July 22nd. 1854.
A bark came in from the coast and brought us two of the April Nos. of the "News", continuing the minuts of the general conference - of April 6th /54. By this conference Eld. Geo. A. Smith was called to fill the place of President Willard Richards as general Church historian & recorder, and J. M. Grant was appointed Seconed counseler to President Young. I also had a letter from my Wife, all was well and prospering at date of letter which was April 22nd. We also learned by the news of to day that the saints in Zion was obaying the consecration law, which filled our hearts with joy.
Sund. July 23rd.
Attended meeting at half past 10 o clock. Bro. Woodbury preached followed by Bro. Napela. Adjourned one hour. Afternoon Bro. Redick preached, Bros. Cannon, David Kaauwai, Napela and I followed him. Sister Kanamu droped a quater of a dollar in my hand when she shuck hands with me.
I forgot to day that we met in council at six o clock A. M. Pres. Lewis called all (if any there ware that had any feelings) to state them that we might be united; but nothing existed but what was easly made plain & satisfactory. We also met again in the afternoon to counsel together - no perticular buisness came up. In the eavning Haalelea came to see us, - about leting us have some of his land for a location for the Saints; he appeared to feel well towards us as a people, and expressed his belief in the faith; and I am in clined to believe that nothing
Mond. July 24th. 1854.
The seventh aniversira of the enterence of the pianears into the valley. We met in conference at half past nine A. Opened by singing and prayr. - singing again. On motion Elder Cannon was chosen clerk. Pres. Lewis then made a few opening remarks and preposed as Elders Keeler & Lynn had not arrived that we adjurn untill tomorrow at half past nine. Carried unanimusly. Haalelea came in to see us, & he expressed himself very faverable to the Saints, and preposed leting us have land for a place for the geathering of the Saints. He expresed his belief in the faith; but his popularity and property may keep him out.
The steamer arived this moning, Bro. Winchester came on her. We was much disappointed not to find Bros. Keeler & Lynn on her. Half past nine A. M. conference convened -opend in the usual way. Bro. Karren made a few remarks, and then presented President Lewis, who was sustained by all present. Pres. Lewis then nominated Bro. Thomas Karren as his first council, & he was susttained; Pres. Lewis then nominated Bro. B. F. Johnson for his secon'd counciler pro tem. after some comments by several of the brethren it was caried. On motion, President Young & council was sustained in their office and calling; also the quorum of the twelve Appostals together with all of the constituted authorities of the church. From recient advice Elder McBride was laboring in california with very good success under the direction of the Presidency there. He was therefore released from this mission with the faith and fellowship of the members of the mission. Also Eld. N. Tanner provided he be counseled to tarry in Cal. or return home. Elder Bigler then represented the Oahu conference as follows, 19 branches, 64 baptised since last Oct. total 717 - Bro. R. Allred represented the Maui conference numbering 23 branches; 320 newly baptised members, total 1685. Kauai was represented by Eld. Farrer - 16 branches, 234 aded, total 654. Hawaii by Elder Karren 13 branches, 583 added, total 787 - Bro. Woodbury represented Malokai consisting of 4 branches, added since last conference 67, total 160. total on all of the islands 4031, 28 of which are foreigeners represented by bro. Johnson. Bro. Davis who was appointed a mission the the Island of Kauai at our conference at Maui; after starting on his mission, backed out and declared his intention to leave the church, he left & went to sea. On motion he was suspended untill he make satisfaction. Some of the brethren was then appointed to visit some of the forigen brethren who had grown cold. Adjurned untill 2 o clock P. M. Conference convened - opened in the usual way. Elder Cannon was then reseased from the clerk ship, and Bro. Winchester was chosen in to suply his place. The report of the commitee in favor of the press was then called for. Bro. Cannon as forman of the commitee presented the report which I do not feel to insert; in full but it was considered favorable and excepted by the conference & the commitee was sustained. The following Elders was then released with permition to return home with a recommend from this conference. Geo. Cannon, Henry W. Bigler, James Hawkins, James Keeler Wm. Farrer. Motioned that we request the Presidency to return Elder Cannon to these iSlands as soon as practible, he being most sutible to take charge of the press. Eld. Hammond then reported in favor of the commitee for locating the saints; he said that the commitee viseted different islands but nothing definet had yet been accomplished; but the prospects was favorable, as Haalelea had offered his land on Lanai for four or five years free of charge, and bro. H. believed it a sutible place. Report of the commitee received. Adjourned - to half past nine tomorrow.
Weds. 26 July /54.
Conference convened at the hour appointed. Opened by singing and prayr. The report of the commitee for obtaining asuitable for the geathering of the saints was recieved, which was that Lanai was the most suitable place that could be obtained takeing all things into consideration. The commitee was then descharged leaving the matter in the hands of the Presidency. Adjourned untill 2 o clock P.M. 2 o clock P.M. conference convened - opened by singing & prayr, The following brethren having special appointments from our previous counference, made their reports as as follows - Elder Hammond's appointment to translate a portion of the book of "Doctrin and covinents" as he should deem most proper for the instruction of the saints; said that he had translated as circomstances would allow, but yet more was nessesary. Voted that he continue his labors. Elder Farrer's labor was to prepare a synopsus of the Bible and new Testament in the native language - completed in part. Voted that Elder Cannon asist him to complete and prepare it for the press. Elder Woodbury for compileing a hymn book in the native language, suited to our faith and doctrins. Not complete. He was instructed to continue his labors. On motion Elder J. S. Woodbury was appointed to the Presidency of the Oahu conference. Elder B. F. Johnson to Preside over the forigen Saints on the island of Oahu. On motion, the island of Hawaii was devided into two conferences, one consisting of Hamakua and Kohulo; and the other including the remainder of the island, called the Hilo conference. Elder Thomas Karren was appointed to Preside over the Hilo conference, & Eld. Egerton Snider to labor in that conference. Eld. R. N. Allred to preside over the Kohalo conference, & Eld. Gustaf Lynn to labor in that conference. Elder Hammond was appointed to the Presidency of the Maui conference, and Elder Green to labor under his direction in that conference. Elder Lawson - over Molokai; and I over Kauai. Bro. Green was then appointed to take charge of the locating of the Saints on Lanai, in conjunction with Bro. Hammond. Bro. VanHoutan offered as a free donation for the beniufit of the colony some plows, chains, drag, canoe &C. It was then voted that Bro. Marcus A. Baker be ordained an Elder, and labor in the Maui conference. Bro. Napela to labor in the Maui, Bro. Augustus Side offered his servis for the benifit of the locating the Saints. Bro. Napela then received his appointment to labor on Maui, & Bro. Kauahi to Kauai. On motion it was then agreed to observe the 27th as a day of fasting and prayr. Adjurned until tomorrow morning at nine o'clock. desmised by prayr.
Thurs. July 27th 1854.
conference convened at the hour appointed. Opened in the usual way: Bro. David Rice expressed his wish to return to the States, and asked to be liberated from this mission. conference voted to give him a letter of commendation. His object was to return to New London - settle his affairs, & then geather to Zion. It was also voted to release Bros. Winchester & Burnham - as they wished to arainge their affairs & geather up to Zion as soon as conveniant. On motion conference adjourned untill the sixth of April 1855. In the afternoon we met for a blessing meeting; but after comeing togeather Pres. Lewis gave an invitation to all wished to speak to arise and free their mind; the time was well ocupied, by most of the brethren, some of them speaking in toungs, and interpreting. The Spirit of God was plainly manifested, and union and love prevaled in our midst. The meeting was continued so late that we had to defer our blessing meeting was deferd untill eavning. We met in Bro. Lewis's room in the eavning on account of Sister L's illness. Meeting was opened by singing and prayr; Some of the brethern then proceded to anoint Bro. Lewis's head & blessed him, and then he call each one of us in turn and officiated himself or called upon others, untill all was blessed in likemanner. My blessing so much resembled the on pronounced on my head when I left home that I could not but observe it. Bro. Van Hauton said when he was called up to be blessed, that he could with more confidence than at any preveous time, testify to the truth of the Book of Mormon and of the doctrin of the Saints.
Frid. July 28th. 1854.
We was all buisy; the returning Elders packing up fo a start the next day and the rest of us writing letters to our wives and friends. I wrote one to my wife, and one to Bro. Robert Egbert.
At ten o'clock we went to the meeting house, and found every thing prepared for our feast the table was well suplied with dishes and every thing to make us comfertable. After opening the meeting in the usual way, the four Elders for whose benifit the feast was prepared, spoak to the Saints. After feasting on the bounties provided, the brethren came forward & donated of their money for the return of the Elders; sixty six dollars was given. After paying their passage which was fifty dollars each, steerage passage they had about twenty dollars remaining. At 2 o'clock P.M. the ship was to start; we all went down to the wharf to see them off, and like Elijhia to follow them untill the chariet ascended, hoping that their mantals might fall upon us. Bro. James Whitet and wife whose baptism I witnessed this morning, accompaned them (Bro. W. was also ordained an Elder.) At half past two o'clock the steamer left the wharfe. We looked after them wishing them a speedy and pleasant passage, and the blessings of God to attend them. Bro. Keeler did not arive to accompany them.
Sund. July 3oth 1854.
Bro. Lynn arived this morning he left Bro. Keeler on Maui. he went ashore on east Maui expecting to meet the vessel in Lahaina, but he did not arive before the vessel left. At the forenoon meeting Bro. Redick preached followed by Bro. Napela and Hammond. In the afternoon Bro. Lynn preached and I followed him with a few remarks. Napela spoak after me; he spoak well and with power. We met again a 5 o clock in the afternoon. Some of the Native Elders addressed the Saints.
Mond. July 31st 1854.
I went to the dentices and had one tooth filled, his price was three dollars, but he said as I was a missionary he would work for us the same as he did for the other missionaries. I went with Bros. Redick and Johnson to see Napela and Yana, to get them to try to liberate bro. Lililahua from his confinement in the dungon whare he has been since last friday. We had an intervew with Haalelea; he manifests a good spirit and is evidently our friend, tho. his populariety keeps him back.
Tues. Aug. 1st. 1854.
I went to see the Govener to inquire the cause of Bro. Lililahua confinement, he received me very coolly, and when I made the inquirery, he asked me what right I had to come there and ask him these questions; I said, perhaps I am misstaken, well said he if you are mistaken then return; I left him without being able to get any satisfaction; soon after my return to our room, Bro. Lililahua came in; his wife had (like the poor widow) kept impertuning untill they decharged him without even a trial, and told him to go untill he was called for again. He had left the army on account of a large sore on his leg; and as I have understood, by the consent of Liholiho the commander in chief. I went to the dentist & had another tooth filled.
Wed's- Aug. 2nd 1854
Bro. Keeler arived. He felt a little disapointed when he heard that the brethren had gone but still he felt as tho. all would be well; he said that he had tryed his best toget down to the conference, but his efferts ware all over ruled, and he had no doubt, for good. I went to officer meeting, but few attended. Bro. Redick, Woodbury and some of the native brethren ocupied the time in speaking.
Thurs. Aug. 3rd /54.
We attended fast meeting. I had calculated to go to Kauai, as the steamer was to leave for that port; but hearing the new Elder was expected soon, so I concluded to wate a few days longer. Bro. Redick & I went to see Mr. Maginis, a man that knew Bro. James in California.
Nothing occured worth noticeing.
The "Polynesian" -came out again with another piece against polygamy. Two forigeners & seven natives was baptised.
Sund. 6th. A.M. Bros.
Uana and Keeler preached. At noon four was baptised. P.M. Napela preached I followed him with a few remarks, after which the sacrament was administered. The forigern brethen met in the afternoon and adminster the sacrement. Bro. Johnson and several of the brethren addressed the meeting. Before administering the sacrement the two that was baptised the eavning preaveous was confermed, bro Johnson in answer to an inquirey that was made said that it was proper for them to pertake of the sacrement before confermation. I doubted the propriety.
Mond. Aug. 7th.
I wrote a letter to my wife. A bill was preposed in the house of representatives, alowing missionaries to import good & merchandise free of duty. "In the course of the debate, Messrs Harris & Robertson made allusion to a new sect which was springing up on these islands - that of the Mormons - and the question was asked what was to prevent the priests of these people from importing goods & merchandise free of duty under this bill?" This is a slice from the history of Hawaian legislation.
Tues. Aug. 8th /54.
Went with Bro. Woodbury to meet with the officers of the branch - gave them some instruction followed by Bro. Woodbury. This was a very windy day also some rain. I went up the valley to Mr. Michels to get one No. of the "Seer" that I had loned to Dr. Smith; he said that it contained very startling news:
Bro. Winchester arived with his family from Maui, in the morning and Bro. Burnham and family from Kauai in the afternoon.
Wed. Aug. 9th
Thurs. " 10th.
I went to the book bindry office to get the "Seer" bound; it cost me one dollar. The Editor of the "Argus" made a short but very sensible reply to the Polynesian for its attact on our faith.
Frid. Aug. 11th. 1854.
At noon I started with Bros. Green, Woodbury and Lililehua to go around the island. Bros. Redick and Keeler started a few minutes before us; we expected to meet at Kaneahe. About three miles from town we came to a place whare the natives had a hula, (dance) and as we had never seen the apperation I preposed that we go in; for I had often heard it described as being a grand exhibition. Lililehua said that it was a "wicked practise - it led to illicit intercorse with the opposite sex", and it might properly be said that it was redused to a science, and was extensively taught a few years ago; but it pertook so much of the vulger, that it was finely prohibited by law, and is only allowed in this one place for the benifit of the King and nobels. We went in, and I must say that my expectations was fully realised. Two men sat on one side of the house, each had a drum made of the trunk of the Kokoa tree; one end was hollowed out and a piece of raw hide drawn over it; this they rapped with the left hand; they also had each a small drum made of the shell of a Kokoa nut, and they used a piece of a rope insted of a stick: they would beat their drums and sing their Mele, a kind of hum suited to the occasion. In front of them was three girls about the age of fifteen; their dresses extendeda little below the knee, their legs and feet was bare, and on the calf of each leg was a wreath of banana leaves; and a Kassa bound losely round their waist and extending down to the knee: their steps ware very regular and gentle, their hands ware continualy in motion, and each made the same gesture with the greatest exactness; every musel and part of the whole body was in motion, & nothing unbecomeing or immodest could be detected, except the motion of the hips, which I will not attempt to describe in my book. The whole affair was managed with the greatest civility imaginable. We passed over eleven streams of water in the course of the afternoon. Our road lay on or near the sea shore, after which we passed betwen the mountains over a beautiful country, the most beautiful that I have seen on the islands; it extends from sea to sea, and from mountain to mountain, including about twenty miles square.
About sunset we arived at Waialua 35 miles; we heard that the bridg was broak down on the waialua streem, so we went below to the old ford which lengthed our road a mile or two and threw us into the night; we inquired at a house for some of the brethren, they said that they had most all left the Church because they had no father. (It had been about two months since bro. Hawkins visited them and they like old Israel was ready to make a calf) we found no brethren on that side of the creak, but was told whare one lived on the other side of the creak; we went to the bridg and found it safe to lead our horses over one at a time; we crossed over and soon found bro. Kaimu who received us gladly. One of the teeth that I had filled ached anough to make me uncomfertable.
Sat. Aug. 12th. /54.
We went to see, the Priest who was sick, & visit among the Saints; we found that all was not dead. In the eavning we went to see Mr. Willson, two other forigeners was there; they did not appear very inquireing, and evidently did not wish to investigate our doctrins, yet they ware not hostile in their feelings. One of them said that if we wanted land to build a meeting house upon in Koolau that he would furnish it.
Sun. " 13th.
Before meeting four was baptised, one of them was the wife of Mr. Willson, a native woman. Bro. W. preach in the forenoon, followed by Bro. Lililehua. After an intermition of an hour, I preached; followed bros. Woodbury & Lililehua; the sacrement; then ordained one Deacon and one Priest. After meeting we went again to administer to the sick man, the house was soon filled with spectaters.
Bro. W. asked them if they would not like to hear us preach; they said that was with us; we then opened the meeting - bro. W. preached - I followed him. We then adminstered to the sick man and returned. My tooth troubled me all the day long.
Mond. Aug. 14th. /54.
At half past seven A.M. we started for Honolulu. My tooth pained me very much for about two hours, after which it eased off a little. We arrived in Honolulu about three O clock P.M. and found that Bros. Redick & Keeler had returned on Saturday and sailed for Hawaii; Bros. Hammond and Lawson had gone to Maui; and Bro. Linn (Lynn?) to Kauai. A letter had also been received from Elder Tanner, stating that he & all of the Saints at San Francisco was well - that he was reparing the brig that he had bought and expected to sail for this place in September; the Elders that we expected hear was at San Francisco & expected to sail with him. Elder P. P. Pratt was at San Francisco. The ship "Washington Allston" arrived on Saturday the 12th inst. bringing the books that we ordered from England at our conference of March 1853. They ware about one year on the way.
Tues. Aug. 15th. /54.
In the afternoon I with Bro. Woodbury attended meeting with the officers of the branch.
Wed. " 16th.
Bro. Karren & I washed out a house and prepared it for Bro. Lewis and family to move into; his family consists of himself & wife - Bros. Johnson, Karren, & also Bros. Snider, Green, & myself, who expect to leave soon.
Thurs. " 17th.
We moved. I was engaged all day, and at night felt very tired. Had a rumatic pain in my left knee. Bro. Lewis is now situated on Britania Street - in a pleasant part of the city.
Frid. " 18th.
Asisted about cooking, and done a few other chores; Sister Lewis being of a week constatution she was not able to do the housework, and much of the time she was not able to wait on herself.
Sat. Aug. 19th 1854.
I wrote a letter to Bro. E. H. Rudd. A native sister gave me 50 cts. on hearing that I was going in the afternoon to Kauai. Bro. E. Snider gave me four dollars to pay my passage down. I went on board of the steamer "Akamai" at 4 P.M. but she did not leave the wharf untill five. I took deck passage for 4 dollars - slep on the upper deck we had a pleasent time thro. the night; I took no supper.
Sund. Aug. 20th. /54.
I lay quiet all of the fournoon to prevent being sick, and escaped very well. We run under sail and but little steam, and consequently did not arive at our destined port (Koloa) untill noon when we might have arived at seven o clock in the morning.
Breakfast was ready as they dropd the anchor; but I felt so much pleased with the chance of geting ashore, that I did not stop to eat, altho. I had taken nothing for twenty four hours; I went ashore on the first boat. I inquired of some natives that sat on the beach to see us land, for some of the brethren, for I was a strainger on the Island; one of the brethren that stood by, took me to his house, & gave me some poi and salt, as he had no meet in the house. Bro. Koakanu got up a horse for me and I road out to Lawai 5 miles to whare Kauwahi lived; I expected to be in time for their afternoon meeting. Kauwahi & Geo. Reymond had gone to puna, and the brethen had neglected the meeting; so I rested a while - took something to eat, and then returned to Koloa and staid with bro. Koakanu.
I viseted among the Saints, to try their spirits; I found but few of them at home; some had gone out to work. I went to see Nakaiewalu the presiding Elder; I found him in rather a low ebb; he first told me that some difference had existed between him and bro. Farrer, since which time he had been lying still; but he afterwards told me that he had sent his son to the school at Lahaina Luna, and he thought that it was a Calvin School and his son would have to go to that church, & he did not know but what it would be best for him to go too, because he wanted his son to be educated; I told him that God was the author of education. I wrote a letter to Bro. Lewis.
Tues. Aug. 22nd. 1854.
Coppyed off some names into the church book. In the afternoon I went to meeting, there was but few out; I preached to them, and exorted them to faithfulness.
I went up to the shugar works - conversed with some forigeners on our doctrin - sold some of Elder Johnson's pamphlets. I went to see Mr. John Cook, a man that was investigating the work; he invited me to take dinner with him. I found him more faverable if posable than I had expected. He said that his house was down towards the seashore; and he was stoping up there convenient to his work, but he should be done that job in a few days and then he would go home. He went down and made araingments for me to stay in his house untill he came down; for untill this time I had been stoping in a very small hut on the seashore with a native bro. Mr. Cook's wife (a native) is a member of the Church.
Thurs. Aug. 24th. 1854.
Soon after getting my breakfast, I went up to Mr. Cook's house; whare I imployed myself in regulating the names of the members in a book; and in reading the history of the ancient Apostals, also an exposition of the papeish inquisition in which is actted some horable tradgidies if the report be correct. An old man and his wife who had charge of the house, provided me with food greatiously. They are members of the calvin church.
Reading & writing in the forenoon; in the afternoon attended meeting and preached; Nakuina a Priest spoak after me, and told them all to come to this church for they would have nothing to pay hear; they could smoke tobaco and live without paying their preachers anything. I then taught them on that subject and told them to prepare themselves to withstand trials, or they would be tried in ways that they least expected.
I went to Mr. J. Hobbs's where Mr. Cook was stoping, and passed the time with them untill four o'clock in the afternoon. Booth of them are favorably inclined. Mr. Hobbs sent a bowl of butter down to me. From thence I went to Lawai.
I preached twist.--had not a very good turnout. After meeting I went to see Mr. Jones a blind man that lived near by; he is quite favorable. His wife a native, is a member of the church.
I returned to Koloa--called to see Dr. Smith the missionary; I introdused the subject of my religion to him; he said that he had investigated the doctrin a few years a go, and did not wish to investigate it further. His wife said that they had seen and heard anaugh of Mormonism; they had no kind of sympathy with them. The Doct. was preparing to leave, so I didnot stop but a few moments.
I wrote a letter to Bro. Lewis and finished coppying the names of the saints on the island of Kauai.
Coppyed some journal, and wrote a letter to Mr. Rosecrance in Cal. one to Bro. Redick, one to Bro. Green and one to Bro. James Robinson. After which I went to meeting; there was but four presant, and they belonged to the house. I sung and prayed and preached to them, and then returned home. I recieved a letter from Kauwahi, requesting me to meet him at Kalihiwai on next sunday; He sent a horse for me, but the man left it on the way, as it was dificult leading it.
Thurs. Aug. 31st.
Soon after takeing breakfast I started to Kalihiwai to meet with Kauwahi according to his request. At Dr. Smiths I found a letter from Bro. Redick. He had landed on Hawaii-- was in good health, but had a very rough passage up. I went to Mr. Hobbs's and staid untill after dinner--wrote a letter to Bro. Lewis, which I sent by Mr. Opitz. Mr. Hobbs loned me his horse to ride as far as Lihue, about ten miles; the road is very good, except a little slipry on account of the frequent rains on the first half of the road; it goes thro a pass in the mountain. Lihue is a beautiful place.
I stoped at Mr. Charmon's and left my horse with him as Mr. Hobbs directed me. I talked some with him on the faith of the saints and sold him one of Bro. Johnson's pamphlets; and on leaving he asked me to call again. From there I went to Nawiliwili about two miles and stoped over night with Bro. Pohano.
Frid. Sept. 1st 1854.
I met with a few of the saints. I found them very slack in relation to meeting on account of the carlessness of the officers.
About 8 o clock A. M. I resumed my journey about four miles; I came to a stream; near the sea was rather deep to waid, and it was still deeper above. I went up a little way and crossed in a canoe.
Four or five miles farther brought me to Wailua, a stream about ten rods wide; it was impossable except in a canoe, and the man asked me a rial (12 1/2 cts.) to take me across, I told him that I had not a rial and therefore could not give it to him; but that he would not take me across for nothing. I prevailed on him to wait on me untill I returned and I would then pay him; he consented, and I was soon across and on my way. At Kapa I got some dinner. I then went on to Kealia, whare I found some brethren; I felt quite fatigued, and seeing a good horse stake out near the house, I asked the privilage of riding it to Anahola; the sister that owned the horse consented very readily. I soon arived at Anahola--found bro. Paku and staid over night with him.
Sat. Sept. 2nd 1854.
Held morning meeting. After takeing breakfast Bro. Paku & wife & some others of the brethren accompayned me, all on horse back. I met with Kauwahi at Kiala; he went there to attend court as a lawyer. I stoped with him untill he got thro. with his buisness. We met with Haalelea and Mana at Pilua; they was at a feast by the side of the road, the most of them had got thro. eating, Haalelea, who was still eating asked us to set down and eat with him; we excepted of the invitation, and sat down upon the matts which was spread on the ground, and pertook of the repast, which was prepared in great abundence.
After resting a little we traveled on; and crossed Kahile, a large stream for this country; it was mid sid to the horses. After crossing a beautiful plain of up land about two miles on which was great quantities of sheap and cattle, we came to Kalihiwai, the river in high tide (which is evry twelve hours) is over the horses back. We crossed in a little canoe. Bros. Geo. Reymond and Kalawaia had just returned from Hanalei. Bro. Geo. Baptised two in the eavning. One of them was a young man that had recieved an English education; his name is Wm. J. Kuluwailehu. The saints appear to have more life hear than any other place that I have viseted on this Island.
Sund. Sept. 3rd 1854.
Attended morning meeting. Bro. Pahu spoke after me. After meeting one was baptised. I preached again in the forenoon, and enjoyed much liberty, being blessed with the holy spirit. Bro. Kauwahi spoak after me. After meeting three was baptised. At the afternoon meeting Bro. Paku preached after which I adminstered the sacrement. Kauwahi spoke while the bread and wine was passing, instructing them on the sacrement. After the sacrement was over he spoke to the saints on the importance of assisting with their mights toward the press. Bro. Kapalehua gave me fifty cts.
We went to Hanalei & spent the day. Bro Geo. went on to Haena to baptise some that had made application. There is anather large stream at Hanalei, with large bottoms or flats of beautiful land, on which is planted (and now baring) three or four coffee lantations. We returned in the afternoon. One was baptised while we was there.
Tues. Sept. 5th 1854.
At Kalihiwai all day, writing up my journals.
Went with Kauwahi to Koolan to hire a horse for me to ride; for we had heard that one could be had for one year for five dollars, which Kauwahi said he would pay; but we did not see the horse. It was court day and we stoped untill night. While we sat in the house conversing with Houlelea and other s several persons came to the door that had never seen Kauwahi, but had heard of his faim; one said, these people want to see Kauwahi; he inquired what they wanted of him, no one answered; said he, if you want to be baptised into the Church of Christ, or hear the gospel, I am prepaired to wait on you. But the sight of him was all that they wanted. We returned home in the night, but we was favored with a good moon. Bro. Geo. Raymond returned; he baptised eleven at Hanelei and Haena.
Thurs. Sep. 7th.
We observed as a fast day; we met at the meeting house at about ten o clock A.M. and continued the meeting untill about two P.M. Bros. Kauwahi, Geo. Raymond, Kalanaia & myself with several others of the brethren spoak frealy; and a good spirit was manifested in the meeting. I spoak on the importance the press, and was followed by Kauwahi on the same. One bro. gave me 25 cts toward the press.
I went to see Mr. Jones, a man that lived nearby he was bautchering and packing beef. He inquired for the Book of Mormon - said that he felt anxeous to read it; I told him that I would bring him one the next time I came round. When I left he gave me eight or ten pounds of beef & told me when ever I needed, to call and get a piece. We held meeting evry morning this weeke.
Sat. Sept. 9th /54.
Attended morning meeting. In the afternoon I went to Hanalei. Kapalehua baptised two this day at Hanalei. Kauwahi hired a horse for me for one year, for which he paid five dollars. He had to go to Kealia on tuesday next to draw up an artical of agrement for the horse, so I went on foot.
Kauwahi came early to Hanalei to attend meeting with me. He preached in the forenoon. At intermition two men was baptised. I preached in the afternoon; the house was crowded, and no windows, which made it very uncomfertable. After meeting I went to see Mr. Titcom; he did not feel much inclined to investigate my principals, but said that he wished to be friendly with all. I had a fare view of his coffe plantation which was well ladened with fruit about ready to harvest. I staid two or three hours with him and then returned to Bro. Kapalehua's, whare I staid over night.
Mond. Sep. 11th /54.
Kapalehua sent out to get up a horse for me to ride to Haina, but he did not find it; after I took breakfast I set out on foot; after going about one mile I came to a stream, I striped my feet roaled up my pants as hight as I could get them, but I got wet after all; I walked about one mile bearfoot on the sand by the sea shore, and in that distence I crossed two more streams that I had to wade. At Lumahai the river was past wadeing; I found a Bro. there, and he set me over in a canoe. About a half mile farther at Wainiha I came to another stream, it had the appearence of being deep, yet I saw that it could be forded with horses. I striped off and went in to try the bottom, found it good, and the water up to my waist. I then returned and got my cloaths. When I got across I put on my cloaths, I went about ten rods, when I found that I had crossed only a part of the stream, and consequently had to strip myself again.
I had no farther dificulty, but arrived at Haena about noon. (about seven miles from Hanalei). I met Bro. Okena at the house of one of the calvin members. The mother of Paki (one of the principal chiefs) was there; all present seamed to treat her with very great respect. She gave directions, & they soon had somthing prepared for me to eat; I then went to Waipuhia the Priest of the branch; they gave notice of my arival, and the saints came in and I preached to them.
I then wrote a letter to the Priest at Nualolo notifying him of our conference at Kalihiwai on the 20th of Oct. The brethren shewed me a rock on the top of the mountain, called by their forefathers Pohakokane, and was worshiped by them. It stands on the brink of a presipis on the top of the mountain, perhaps 5000 feet above the sea; the mountain of this point is very near the sea shore, and tradition sais that it went up from the sea and placed its self in that prominent position. I went in the eavning about a half mile whare the people had geathered to see the fire fly in the air. One man and a boy ascended (pnumakand) a peak about four thousand feet high, and it appeared from whare I stood to be one or two rods across the top, and for several hundred feet from the top it tapers much like a hay stack; it stood on the sea shore. They built a fire on the top of this place and then lit up their torches and threw them towards the sea; but the wind was not fair, and consequently they did not operate very well.
Tues. Sept. 12th. 1854.
I held meeting in the afternoon.
Held meeting early in the morning. As I wished to return to Hanalei Bro. Okena let me take his horse to ride to Lumahai; (his place) from there I went on foot. Bro. Peni went to met me with a horse, but I mised him. I preached at Hanalei in the afternoon. In the eavning a man named Makaina, the school teacher was baptised.
I returned to Kalihiwai; I called at Kalihikai on my return to see Bro. Ioane, he had been sick two years; he told me that he had made his wants known to Elder Pi, and he had called on the brethren to help him but they did not regard his call. After I arived at Kalihiwai, I wrote to Elder Pi to take the names of all the male members at Kalihikai and work evry tenth day untill his kalo patches was all worked out and planted. I also instructed Elder Naehu and the brethren of Kalihiwai to assist him. Attended meeting in the afternoon and preached followed by Kaluwaia.
I took a sevear cold in the eavning after my walk; for it was quite warm.
I remained at Kalihiwai all day except to ride to Kalihikai, to get me a saddle and bridle to prepare to start on the morrow to go round to Waimea to attend conference on the 6 of April.
Attended morning meeting - preached to the Saints on the principle of charity. About ten o clock A.M. I started with Kauwahi & his wife Emare; we went to Anahola and stoped. About one hour before sunset Bro. Kauwahi and I rode to Kealia to see Haalelea and returned after night; Haalelea gave us some fish & dried beef for our breakfast.
Sund. Sept. 17th. 1854.
Haalelea and Bro. Uana came down to meeting; Bro. Kauwahi preached in the forenoon on the subject of repentence, and the manner in which he handled the subject clearly exibited the sound and inteligent mind with which he is endowed, as also his faith in the Latter day work. I followed him, and then desmised for one hour. At intermition, four was baptised. Uana preached in the afternoon. He is a pleasent speaker, but he likes to lash the sects rather to well; which I think is not so good as preaching on principal.
I attended morning meeting, and preached. Bro. Kauwahi & I went up to see Haalelea, and drew up an artical of agreement for my horse as it had been defered untill I was preasent; the artical was dated today. I hired him for two years with the privilage of continuing if I wished. Tues. Sept. 19th /54. Attended morning meeting. After breakfast, sister Kauwahi and I started for Koloa; we stoped at Lihue and got some dinner--rested our horses an hour or two and then went to Koloa. Sister K. stoped at upper Koloa. with her friends, & I went on down to Mr. Cook's. Mr. C. had gone to Waimea and did not return. I staid at his house with Sister Cook and another native woman.
I went with sister Kauwahi to Lawai; on my way I called at the office and got two letters from Elder Hammond; saing that their prospects on Lanai was quite favorable--they had twenty two of the Maui brethren there at work. He called on me to forward them all the help that I could raise, each man to find himself. While at Lawai I called on Mr. Wilkison and took dinner with him; he is a very profained man. I gave him a dollar for two goat skins to make me a pair of legings. I returned to Mr. Cook's in the afternoon; he had also returned.
Bro Geo. Raymond came from Waimea and brought me a letter from my wife, bareing date of June 28th/54. It brought me the pleasing inteligence that my family was well at that date. Frid. 22nd. I wrote a letter to my wife, also one to Bro. Snider and one to Bro. Hammond.
I went to Nawiliwili. I called at the house of Mr. Weidaman and had some conversation with him on the faith of the Saints; he said that he had never had a chance to inform himself in our faith; I told him that I would lone him some of our books which he could read at Lasure. He invited me to stay to dinner which I did. I could not but admire the easy maners of his Wife, (a native woman) which surpassed any other native woman that I had seen on the islands, tho. she could not talk English. I stoped over night with bro. Pohano - didnot feel very well thro. the eavning.
Sund. Sept. 24th. /54.
Preached early in the morning, and again at ten o clock, and after an intermition of one hour I preached again, and adminstered the sacrement. The saints hear are week in faith as a general thing; out of 80 members, sixteen came out to meeting. The only chance for meeting is on Sunday, because the brethren are most all working on the plantation. After meeting I returned to Koloa. Mr. Cook said, he wished that I had got back a little sooner - said he had talking with some of his neighbors on religon & he had wished me there.
I received a letter from Bro. Karren with a coppy of President Young's letter inclosed, which was writen to bro. Lewis in July /54. concuring in the measurs that had been adapted by this mission. Bro. Karren had forwarded a phile of the books that had just arived from England, to Mr. Cook.
We set conversing untill near 12 o clock. In the course of the time Mr. C. as he was reclineing on the sopha, felt the attact of a deseas that he is subject to occasioned by the enlargment of the heart; which has several times come near takeing him off. I told him if he wished, I would anoint him; he did not like to refuse, but said, he did not feel that he had faith, yet he was shure that the Lord was able and willing to heal him thro. faith. I anointed him and the simtoms was imediately removed, and we retired in peace.
Sept. 25-26 & 27th.
Remained at Mr. Cook's - reading, writing & conversing on different topics. I said to him at one time that he appeared to believe all of the principals that we advanced, and therefore he should obey or bring forward his objections; he said that as fare as he had nvestigated the principals that he could rais no objections but he wanted to see as far into it as possible before takeing any measurs.
He gave me the following as a plan for learning a young colt to pace. When the colt is about two weeks old, take the mare and lope or lalop her six or seven miles, and let the colt follow her; which would make it ever after a natural pacer, from evry appearence.
Thurs. Sept. 28th. 1854.
Mr. Brown came in quite early this morning and staid untill 3 o clock P.M. I left off my writing, and Mr. Cook left his work at the bench, and we passed the day in conversing, principaly on religon; he is quiet believing, and I have great hopes that he & Mr. Cook will obey soon.
I wrote a letter to Bro. Redick and one to Bro. Karren in the forenoon; and after dinner I went to Lawai & staid over night.
Went down to Mr. Janes's and staid untill noon conversing with him, and as he was blind I read to him a tract writen by Bro. Johnson. He is quite favorably inclined to the faith, or at least he makes no objections. In the afternoon I road to Hanapepe about six miles--very good road; there is quite a pali to go down, but not difficult; the upper road is the best, as the other is only passable in low tide. Soon after me came Bro. Geo. Raymond from Waimea to meet me hear by preveous araingment. We held meeting in the afternoon.
The saints feel better hear, than at Koloa and Nawiliwili
Sund. Oct. 1st 1859.
Attended morning meeting, Bro. Geo. preached; I preached in the forenoon & Bro. Geo. again in the afternoon.
Attend morning meeting in the house whare we slept, because they had not built a meeting house. I urged upon them the necessity of building a house. Bro. Pukila gave a spot of land to build upon, and Bro. Pakuka was appointed to superintend the work and all agreed to go to work and build a house. We then road to Waimea about six miles--good road. The river may be forded in low tide, but the rider generaly gets wet unless he has a very large horse. Hear the saints felt well. They brought us several fowls as they came in to see me.
Tues. Oct. 3rd 1854.
We crossed the river in a canoe to attend meeting on the other side each, in the morning; I preached, & felt a good flow of the spirit. Bro. Geo. spoak after me. After breakfast Bro. Geo. & I went out to Mr. Opitz's about four miles. He asked us to stay to dinner, but when dinner came, he had only prepared for me, & Bro. George set there without an invitation. I suppose it was because he was a half white; but I should have thought more of Mr. Optiz if he had served us boath alike. I got some flower of him to make some bread for sacrement; he did not charge me any thing for it.
I conversed with him on our religion and found him on the deastical order. On our return I called on Mrs. Whitney, but as she had a class of native women which she was instructing, I did not stop but a few moments.
Sister Emare Kauwahi made me a pair of garmants.
Meeting on this side of the river (which is the east). Bro. Geo spoak & I followed him with a few words. The brethren went fishing in the river in the forenoon, and I took the canoe while they waded, the water not being very deep; I had not long been in the canoe before it turned with me; I got thourly wet. In the afternoon Bro. Kalawaia came from Hanalei to attend conference. He brought a report that ten of the new Elders had arived at Oahu. Attended meeting in the A.M.--blessed two children.
Kalawaia preached. Sister Kauwahi gave me a Niho-palanoa; it is made of kunaka's hair braded eight stran, very fine; and fastened into a piece of a whails tooth. It used to be worne on the neck by the chiefs as a sign of destinction.
Thurs. Oct. 5th 1854.
Attended early morning meeting on this side of the river, and preached. In the afternoon we held our fast meeting on the opiset side of the river, at the usual place of meeting; I preached--followed by two or three of the brethren.
Frid. Oct. 6th.
I crossed the river to attend morning meeting. At about ten o'clock A.M. our conference convened; I stated the object of our comeing togeather (after opening the meeting by singing and prayer). Elder George Raymond then moved that I be sustained as President of the Kauai conference including the islands of Kauai & Niihau; the motion was sanctioned by the conference. Bro. Raymond was then chosen clerk.. I then called for the report of the branches.
Elder Raymond reported the district over which he had been appointed, including Hanapepe, Waimea, Mana, Nualolo, numbering 184. No matirial chaing in the branches since the last conference; six only having been baptised. Eld. Kanakaiki represented Niihau, 48 in No. seven of which had latly been baptised. And as the Presiding Elders of the Lawai, Koloa & Nawiliwili branches had not arived, the representation of those branches was defered until Sunday. I then delivered an address to the officers, instructing them in the duties of their offices which I find them to be much in need of. Conference then adjourned for two hours.
- Convened again, and opened the meeting by singing & prayr; The afternoon was spent in teaching the Saints, By Bros. Kalawaia, Geo. Raymond & myself. We then adjourned untill Sunday - ten o clock A.M. and desmised by singing & prayr. Sister Mahoe gave me 25 cts.
Went a fishing in the river with a Sane; we caught a good lot of fish. I was in the water about half of the day. I attended meeting on the other side of the river this morning.
Sund. Oct. 8th.
Attended morning meeting on this side. At ten o clock A.M. conference convened, and opened in the usual way. Elder Kahuna then represented the Lawai branch, and Elder Pohano the Nawiliwili branch, and Kaiakuun (Priest) the Koloa branch. There are near two hundred members in these three branches, the majority of whome are week in the faith, if we might judg by the interest that they take in meetings. I then spoak on the subject of the Holy Priesthood and instructed the officers in their duty. Eld. Raymond followed me with some very good remarks. We then adjourned the conference for two hours--closed by singing and prayr. We met again at the appointed time; Eld. Kanakaiki opened the meeting by singing and prayr, Bro Raymond preached, after which I adminsterd the sacrement. I then call for volenteors to go to Lanai, as pionears to prepare for the geathering of the saints; two said that they was ready to go viz. Kahuna (Elder) and Naholahi. Makua & Kahava said that they would go, but they was not quite ready now.
Conference was then adjourned sine die.
Bro. Pilipo gave me 50 cts and a pair of white cotton pants.
Mond. Oct. 9th.
Attended meeting on this side of the river. Bro. Puunui and his wife gave me 5 cts. each, or one five and the other six & a fourth.
We went up to Puukapele, which is up the mountain about ten miles as near as I could judg; we had near a mile of assent prety steap, after which our road was very good--not much assent; the brethren took an ox along to pack our food. We arived about noon at the place whare we designed staying over night; there was some old houses which had been built for the conviniance of those that go up for timber.
Soon after we arived it set in to rain & continued for an hour or two. Some that had went up before us soon came in with a hog that they had succeeded in catching with their dogs; dinner was soon prepared.
After the rain ceased we went out to cut a kanovila log to make canes but our axe was so dull that we had a very heard job of it.
Weds. Oct. 11th /54.
I worked out my sticks so that they would be light carying down. A little after noon it set in to rain again, and we returned in the rain, but after going about half way down we came to whare there was no rain. We arived at Waimea after sunset.
We returned to Koloa; we stoped at Lawai and got dinner. After which Bro. Raymond & I went to Koloa. On our arival Mr. Cook informed us of the arival of one of the new Elders. He had been up & taken dinner with Mr. Cook, & then returned to the beach to get his trunk. Bro. Geo. and I went down to meet him, not knowing who we should see as I had not yet heard his name. We soon found him, and on inquire (for he was a strainger to me) I found it to be br. Simpson M. Malen.
I was much pleased with his appearence; he was twenty two years of age on the 14th of Sept. 1854. My impresion on first sight was that he will get a spedy knowlage of the language. He brought me five nos. of the "News," also one letter from Bro. Farrer & one from bro. Woodbury. Bro. Farrer also sent me some Mormon books and some other publications on our faith to sell.
I learned also of the arival of the press in Honalulu; & bro. Johnson had requested Kauwahi to go to Honalulu to assist them in the printing office. Bro. Kauwahi came in from Kalihiwai. He said that he was anxious to go to Honolulu agreable to the request of bro. Johnson. He went to Lawai, expecting to return to Kalihi or Anahola on the morrow. Passed off the day in reading the "News" conversing & c..
Bros. Raymond & Kalawaia went to Nawiliwili to attend meeting on Sunday.
I preached twist in the house of br. Nakaiewalu--had but few out to hear. Mr. Brown and Mr. Cook went to hear me in the forenoon. Nakaiewalu appears to be a little revived and I trust that the revival will continue to spread until all of the saints feel the fire of the love of God stiring them up to faithfullness in the way of their duty.
Mond. Oct. 16th.
Two years ago this morning I left my home. In the afternoon Bro. Molen and I went to Lihue, and staid overnight with Mr. Charmon. I read considerable to him of Spencers works on the faith of the saints. He appeared to feel interested in what I read and said to him; and altho he could not read himself, yet he bought of me the Book of Mormon & other works to the amount of three dollars so that his neighbors could read to him when they came in to see him.
After breakfast we went to Kealia and stoped a while with Haalelea, and then went to Anahola and staid over night with br. Paku.
Wedns. Oct. 18th 1854.
I preached at early morning meeting. We then road to Kalihimai whare we arived about 11 oclock.
Attended early morning meeting. I wrote letters to Bro. Redick, Snider & Woodbury.
Frid. 20th Oct. 1854.
I wrote a letter to br. Johnson. At about ten of the clock A.M. we convened in conference, and after opning the meeting by singing and prayr, I was chose President of the conference, & br. J. W. H. Kauwahi clerk. I explained the object of our meeting and then called on the Elders for a representation of the branches. Elder Pi represented the Kalihikai branch numbering 31, two of which are Elders, one Priest, one teacher, 1 Deacon. Naehu represented Kalihiwai, 2 Eld., 2 Priests, 2 teachers, 2 Deacons, 6 newly baptised, totel52. Eld. Paku--Anahola to Wailua, 1 Elder, 1 Priest, 4 Teachers, 2 Deacons, 5 new members, 2 cut off. 68 total. Elder Kapalehua--Hanalei branch, 1 Elder, 1 Priest, 2 Teachers, 2 Deacons, 25 newly baptised. Elder Kauwahi then represented the Koalau saints numbering 35 one of which is a Priest, & 2 Deacons, but few of them are now to found.
I then addressed the saints on the duty of the officers, followed by Eld. Paku. Elders Pi and Noehu was then appointed to hold meeting in Koalau evry Sunday, each going in his turn. Conference then adjourned for one hour. P.M. conference convened at the time appointed. Priest Kalawaia (who had been sent from Maui to preach on this isle), was liberated with a recomend from this conference. I then spoak on the geathering at Lanai, calling on the saints to send out men to prepare by planting & c. before takeing their families; and was followed by Bros. Raymond & Kauwahi. Conference then adjurned untill Sunday forenoon Oct. 22nd. 1854.
Sat. Oct. 21st.
I wrote a letter to my wife, and one to br. Hammond & also one to Br. Farrer.
Conference convened in the forenoon, Elder Kauwahi preached followed by Eld. Paku. We then adjourned for one hour. In the afternoon, Eld. Kapalehua represented the saints from Waioli to Kalalau, numbering 42 one of which was an Eld., 2 Priests, 15 new members. Total on this side of the isle I then called on those of the brethren who had given offence (as some had been reported to me) to arise and make confesion before the church. Kione an Eld. said that he had done wrong by beeting twist on a horse race in which he had lost five dollars each time; and he asked to be forgiven. Kawahaea a Deacon had also bet. I gave them a very sharp reprofe and then motioned to forgive them. It caried. a sister Pahina by name said that she had been taken in adultry and asked to be forgiven, granted.
I then spoak on the importance of the saints, assisting towards the press and also about going to Lanai. Bro. Apaiki gave his name to go to Lanai.
I then spoak to the saints about helping Bros. Raymond & Kalawaia to money to pay their passage and instructed them on that principal. Kauwahi followed me on the same subject. I then adminstered the sacrement. While the bread was passing Br. Raymond made some very appropriate remarks; and while the wine was passing br. Kalawaia made some remarks. Bro. Kauwahi then gave some good instruction in relation to the sacrement. Conference then adjourned sine die. I wrote a letter to Bro. Lawson & one to Br. Green.
Mond. Oct. 23rd.
Bros. Raymond and Kalawaia & wife went to Hanalei to ship for Honolulu. br. Kauwahi & I went with them. When they got to Hanalai the schooner had gone. We stoped a while and then returned to Kalihiwai. I caried a sack of oringes to Hanalei to send to Sister Hammond, but as the vessel was gone I had the disagreable task of carrying them back after carying them 5 miles.
Attended meeting this morning, and about noon I left Kalihiwai & rode to Anahola, whare I stade over night. If night had not overtaken me I had intended to go to Kealia.
Preached before breakfast. I took breakfast with Mr. Michel, & also supper the eavning before. About nine oclock A.M. I started for Koloa. I called at Kealia & Wailua to see the saints, but I only saw one sister at each place, as the brethren had gone to work. Before reaching Koloa I was overtaken with a shower of rain, which gave me quite a wetting. I arrived about sunset & was much pleased to find 4 Nos. of the "Deseret News" the latest date being Aug. 22nd 1854. Also a package of letters: one from my wife, one from M. L. Bates her br. & one from br. R. C. Egbert. Also one from br. Redick & one from br. Hammond & a small note from br. Johnson. All good news.
Thurs. Oct. 26th 1854.
Engaged reading the "News". Br. Geo Raymond came to wait hear for a vessel, to return home. Kalawaia stoped at Kalihiwai.
I went with Mr. Cook & wife to the stores about one mile & l/2. At noon Br. Raymond went to Lawai to attend meeting tomorrow. I went down to the beach to visit some of the members, for I can scarsely call them saints or at least a portion of them.
Sund. Oct. 29th.
I preached in the forenoon, & again in the afternoon. At intermision I was conversing with the brethren on the future state of man & of the reserection and things there with connected; they told me that the principal part of the Hawaian people did not believe in a future state, & altho. many of them thought it to be something great if they could get into some church, it was only for the benifits of this life; & not that they expected any reward after death.
Br. Nakaiewalu gave me the following account of the philosofical views of his wife's father in relation to a future state of existance. The old man was not a member of the calvan church, but he had given his name to hooikaika; or to use a more familure term, he was a seaker. One day while the minister (Mr. Whitney) was interegateing him to see if he was worthy to become a member, the principal of the future existance of spirit was propounded. The old man said that he did not believe that the spirit lived after the body was dead; for said he, if the spirits live above us (for thus he had been taught by Mr. W.) we should be covered up with their excrement. This rather astonished the Rev. sir. He asked the old man where he got such an idea; he said from the fowls on the trees; whare fowls are roosting on the trees said he, the ground is covered with excrement. Bro. Geo. returned in the afternoon.
Monday. 30th. I went to Kukuiula to visit the saints. The men was gone away to work--Returned in the afternoon.
Mending my pants--writing up my journal--reading & c.
Weds. Nov. 1st 1854.
The steamer "West Point" arived at Nawiliwili; it is desined to run evry week from Honolulu to this island. By a letter to br. Molen I heard of sister Lewis's sailing for the cost about a week ago; her health being very poor it was thought best for her to return home.
Writing & c.
Br. George Raymond sailed for home on the steamer.
I had a letter from br. Johnson. His health was improveing.
Sat. Nov. 4th /54.
I went to Mr. Hobbs's and staid till in the afternoon and then went to Lawai--staid with Kahuna.
I preached in the forenoon. After meeting Kahuna's wife was baptised and confermed. In the afternoon I went to Nahiawa and held meeting and staid over night.
Held meeting again in the morning and then road to Hanapepe where I staid all day and night. I held meeting in the afternoon.
I held meeting again in the morning, and about ten o clock I started to Waimea whare I arived about one oclock A.M. and found the saints feeling well & glad to see me come.
I preached early in the morning & was blessed while teaching the saints. Br. Komo gave me a shirt. I returned again to Hanapepe and staid over night.
I preached early in the morning, and soon after, started for Koloa. I was overtaken by a lite shower or two of rain which had some attendency to aggrevate a rhumatic pain with which I have been slightly affected for the last month. I stoped a while with Mr. Jones, and then road to Koloa. I found on my arival a letter from br. Raymond and one from Redick. I was sorrow to hear of br. Redick's ill health, which it seams had so fare disabled his lungs that he had been compeled to leave off preaching untill he gained strength, which I was glad to hear was gradualy returning. Br. Raymond wrote from Honolulu on the 6th. inst. from which place he sailed the same day for Maui. All well at Oahu.
Frid. Nov. 10th /54. & Sat. 11th:
I was engaged writing.
I preached twist at this place, and adminstered the sacrement. I had the largest congregation that I ever had in Koloa, for they appear to think that if they can only get in to the church and attend the sacrement meetings that all is right; at least some of them. I think however that some of them will understand principal better ere long. I recieved a letter from Martha.
I started near 3 oclock P.M. to visit the north side of the island. soon after starting my cloaths was wet thro. to the skin by a shour of rain at least on the side from whence it came.
At sunset I arived at Mr. Charmon & I stoped over night with him. I read to him a pamphlet entitled "Remarkable vision" by O. Pratt, and conversed with him on our faith untill bed time; he had no objections to urge, but thought that all was very plausable.
The steamer arived; no news. I went to Nawiliwili and stoped untill late in the afternoon, and then went to Pakialele (about two miles) and staid overnight with Br. Kawaikua.
Returned to Nawiliwili and stoped with Br. Kamo, and was writing most all of the day.
I wrote a letter each to Br. Karren, Woodbury & Raymond and took them to the office.
The steamer returned after encircling the isle, and sailed for Oahu.
Rainy. I wrote a letter to M. L. Bates of Wisconsin.
Sund. Nov. 19th. 1854.
The brethren came togeather in Br. Komo's house in the forenoon, and I preached on the rise and progress of the church; and after an intermition of one hour I preached again, and adminstered the sacrement. After meeting I went to Pakialele and stoped over night with Br. Kawaiku. I gave out word that I would preach early the next morning if the Lord would..
Three came to meeting; they with five or six that lived whare I staid composed my congregation; they ware mostly brethren. It was a little showery all the morning. After meeting I took breakfast and started for Lihue.
I sold Mr. Weediman a Book of Mormon, and some other Books on our faith; I also sold some to Mr. Ingaley. I then went to hunt up some brethren that lived near by, but did not attend meeting; after staying with them an hour or two, in which time I endevered to strengthen them in the faith, I went to Mr. Charmon's to stay the remainder of the day and over night. I felt quite unwell - blood was passing my bowels. We set up untill ten o clock in the eavning talking on the scriptures; he and his wife are boath appearantly believing.
I had no rest thro. the prveous night on account of my illness. I went down to Nawiliwili. The steamer came down, but no news. I then starded for the north side of the island. I took the upper road, and crossed at the ford of Wailua; - found a good road most of the way. I stoped at Haalelea's and took dinner with him. I found Bros. Kauwahi & Paku there. Kaalelea blead my horse and I turned him out to rest a few weeks. At sunset Bros. Kauwahi, Paku & I went to Anahola.
Wed. Nov. 22nd 1854.
I felt a little better, but was not well.
I remained at Anahola.
Haalelea gave me a horse to ride while mine was was recruting, and he, Br. Uana & I went to Kalihiwai. I found Br. Molen in the enjoyment of good health, and diging at the language. Bro. Kauwahi went to Koloa to stay until untill the first of December, & then he expects to go to Honolulu to assist about the printing press.
I wrote a letter to Martha, & kept a coppy of it. Attended morning meeting.
Attended morning meeting; and in the forenoon I preached on the resteration of the Kingdom to Israel, and was followed by Br. Uana on the same subject. In the afternoon I preached on the comeing forth of the Book of Mormon, as a preparitory work for the geathering of Israel in the last days.
Br. Molen & I went up the river to get some oringes; we had to swim the river, and carry our cloaths on top of our heads; for we was not able to swim with one hand & carry them in the other; and after crossing we did not get Oringes anought to pay us for our trouble. Wrote a letter to Father & Mother & one to my wife.
Br. Molen and I went to Hanalei.
We went off to the steamer which arived this morning from Honolulu, and anchored in the bay. No letters for us. I preached in the afternoon to a few of the Saints that came in for the purpus of hearing.
Thurs. Nov. 30th.
We started to go to Mr. Titcoms, and while crossing the river our canoe turned and spilt us out; the water was not deep whare we turned, yet we got quite wet; We stoped at one of the Brethren's house, and I chainged my clothing & stoped untill they got dry; but I soon found that it had increased the rhumatic pain in my hip. While there a sister told us of a sick sister near by; we call in to see her; she was quite unwell - had just returned from Honolulu. I felt that all was not right; and told her and those present, that if a person was not right before the Lord that they need not expect to be benifited by the adminstration of the Elders. I asked a Br. that set by her bed, if that was his wife, he said that it was. We adminstered to her, and then went up to Mr. Titcoms. He had about seventy five natives at work for him on his coffey plantation; and this day he was giving them a feast. We set and read some in his papers, and as he was engaged we soon returned. On our way we went in to see the sick woman, and adminstered to her again and after returning to Br. Kapalehua's I learned that they was living in adultry, each one having left their lawful companions. I charged the Elder to take imediate measurs to ferit out the evil.
Frid. Dec. 1st. 1854.
Br. Kapalehua let Br. Molen have a horse, and we started to Haena. We called to see the sick woman. I told her what I had heard, about the way they was living; she acknowlaged it, and after talking with her some time, she promised to reform. The man was not at home. We went to Lumahai & took dinner with a brother, and then road to Haena and stoped with Br. Waipuhia.
Sat. Dec. 2nd.
We held early morning meeting. Br. Malen read a hymn in the opning of the meeting; it was his first attempt and he did very well.
In the afternoon we road down the beach one mile, which was as far as horses could go; there we left our horses and ascended a point of the mountain whare a path had been made, that men could travel on foot, but not without having to hold on to the racks to keep from falling to the depths below. But we did not go to the worst place; for I am told that it would take a salor to clime it. On our return we took a sea bath; I thought it might do me good. It was plesent.
We had early morning meeting and at ten oclock A.M. I preached. A few unbelievers was out. I was blessed of the Lord while speaking, and was enabled to speak with much freedom--and bore them a strong testamony.
In the afternoon I preached again--taught the saints their duty in relation to the sacrement, duty of officers in the church-- necesaty of attending meetings & c. After which I adminstered the sacrement and then ordained Br. Hale to the office of Teacher, & Br. Manou a Deacon.
Attended morning meeting. Eld. Molen read a hymn in the meeting, he also read one in each of the preavious ones. I preached to the Brethren on the law of tithing--of helping the Elders & c. I also told them that I was in need of some assistance, and it was their duty to help me. Br. Waipuhia gave me 25 cts. & Br. Kukoula 12 1/2 cts. & Br. Hoalealu 5 cts. The sea became very rough thro. the night altho. we had no wind.
Br. Molen & I went out and stood on the shore above high tide, and stood looking at the "troubled waters," which was at low tide, and at times there was no water in ten rods of us, and the decent sufficient to give us a position near twenty feet above it. While we was looking a heavy sea approched, but we did not think that it could interfear with us, untill it came in three or four rods of us when we found that it would reach our position, & we was not on the hiest point. We turned to run. I sprang up a tree that stood near by and escaped. Br. M. got his feet wet a little. It flowed over the bank and run off in land, quite a stream. The natives ran out to see if we ware safe.
After breakfast we started on our return to Hanalei; and we found it quite dificult in several paces, on account of the high water occasioned by the overflowing of the sea. At Hanalei we forded the river and would have went over dry, but as we were crossing directly at the out-let, there came a wave as we got into the middle of the stream (which was mid sid to our horses) and nearly overflowed our horses.
We stoped at Hanalei untill 4 o clock P.M. and then went to Kalihiwai.
Tues. Dec. 5th 1854.
Attended morning meeting. Rained all day, or nearly so.
The horn was sounded for meeting, but no one came. The steamer passed about eight o clock A.M. in a shower of rain; and when the shower was over I went to Hanalei expecting to get some letters, and attend meeting in the afternoon. I found no letters, but preached to the saints and then returned to Kalihiwai. While I was at Hanalei Br. Kaleilakou gave me a linen coat which I much needed, and Br. Kanealii gave me 12 l/2 cts. I found on my return to Kalihiwai, 2 letters for me, one from Br. Johnson and one from Br. Kauwahi. All was well at Honolulu. Br. J. informed me that they had recieved a letter from Eld. P. P. Pratt, calling for a portion of the Elders to return to the coast in time to go thro. with him to the valley in May. President Young had called for all of the California saints to come home next season. Br. J. also informed me that there would be a special conference of all of the first Elders on the first day of March in Honolulu, and that himself with Brs. Keeler, Karren and Br. Redick (as his health was poor) would leave for home, imediatly after the conference, if means could be raised.
Thurs. Dec. 7th /54.
Fast day. I attended morning meeting; and at noon we met again. I preached, and told the saints that some of the Elders was expecting to return home soon and that I wished them all to help them on their return; also gave out an appointment for conference hear on the 17th of Feb. 1855. And I was followed by several of the Brethren, who all spoak to the purpus. We had a good meeting & it was continued to considerable length.
Friday Dec. 8th.
I attended meeting in the morning; and soon after geting breakfast, I started for Anahola, whare I had an appointment for the next Sabbath. I took dinner with Mr. Michel, and then road up to Kahoiwai to see Haalelea--return his horse and get mine, but he was not at home; I stoped awhile for his return, but at sun set my horse broak loose, and took the road for Anahola, which was two miles distant; I followed him on foot; he left the road after goin half way, and it was so dark that I did not preceive it, and thinking that he would go direct to Anahola, I kept the road, and found on my arival that he had not been there; but as it was quite dark, I concluded to let him quietly alone untill morning; and I believe that I lost no sleep on the account altho. I felt a little fearful that he might break or loose the saddle. I staid over night with Paele. He was not a member but was very favorable.
Sat. Dec. 9th /54.
I got up as soon as I see, and got a horse and started in search of mine that I had lost. I soon found him all right--drove him up to Haalelea's place, and the boys caught him for me.
Haalelea said if they did not find my own horse that I might keep his. I returned to Anahola--got Mr. Michel to mend my shoes; it cost me 50 cts.
My horse got lose in the night; I went to get him up for which cause I was unable to go to morning meeting. At ten A.M. Br. Uana preached; I followed him with a few words and the desmised the meeting for one hour.
At the appointed time we met again; I preached, and in the close of my remarks I told them that some of the Elders was expecting to return home soon, and that we wished each one to do all he or she could to help them on their return. Br. Uana spoak after me, and insisted on their helping the Elders to means to return. I then admistered the sacrement after giving them some instruction on the ordinance; after which meeting was closed. I went home with the Brethren of Kapahi. Br. Uana had latly built up a branch of sixteen including five that had previously been baptised. I had a very bad cold which I felt some yesterday.
Mond. Dec. 11th /54.
I preached early in the morning, and then returned to Kahaiwai to see if my horse had been found. Br. Uana told me that they was geathering the horses togeather at the beach. As I was mounting my horse to start Br. Uana called me in and gave me a shirt, a pair of pants, a pair of socks, a neck handkerchief, a pocket handkerchief and a coat. My coat had been considerable worne & did not fit me very well. But they all came in very good play, as I was needing some repairs of that kind.
I went down to the beach--found L. Haalelea fishing, and as my horse had not been found, he told me to keep his untill I returned again, which offer I excepted as a great favor to me. I road on for Nawiliwili--paid 12 1/2 cts. for crossing the Wailua river. I arived at Nawiliwili in the after noon much fatigued and sick from the affects of the cold that I had taken; which caused me to pass an uncomfertable night.
Tues. Dec. 12th.
The steamer didn't arive. After breakfast I started for Koloa, but after starting concluded not to go untill the next day, as the steamer might be down by that time, and as Mr. Cook and wife was at Honolulu.
I went to Lihue. There had just been a dificulty with the chinaman on the plantation, and the overseer had shot two of them but the wounds was not to be fatel. The Sheriff had been called on to settle the affair.
From thence I went to Mr. Charmon's and staid over night. My cold was a little better.
I went to Koloa--stoped at Mr. Hobbs's and got dinner; and then went to Mr. Cook's house--got the key and took up my aboad in the house. I found three letters for me which Mr. Cook had got from the office before he left. One from Br. Johnson, one from Br. Lawson, and one from Br. Hammond. News generaly good. Br. H's letter contained one from my wife under date of Aug. 27th. All well at home at that time except colds. Two of her cows died this present season, leaving her with two.
A schooner came down from Oahu from which we learned that the Hawaiian steamer had been disabled, and that the "West Point" had gone to Hawaii. I started to town and as I passed the P. O. called and got three letters. One from Br. Woodbury--he gives a faltering account of the work on Oahu. The other two was from Br. Reddick; the later date was Dec. 6th. I was sorrowing to hear that his health was still poor and that he was still unable to preach, and that he was thinking of returning home. I went to Lawai--left an appointment for Sunday and returned in the afternoon.
Frid. Dec. 15th.
I wrote to Mr. Armstrong and reported a few marrages to him. I also wrote to John Young, the King's Minister, in relation to his refusing us the privilage of solemnising marrage as other minsters; of which I kept a coppy. I also wrote to Br. B. F. Johnson.
I wrote to Br. Lawson and Hammond, & road up to Mr. Hobbs's and returned again.
I went to Lawai and preached--had a better attendance than usual, and I was blessed of the Lord while instructing them in the hings of His Kingdom. Br. Paku followed me & his instruction was good. I informed the Saints of the expected return of some of the Elders in March next and requested them to prepare to render them all the assistance posable. After meeting I returned to Koloa, and in the eavning I wrote a letter to Bro. J. W. H. Kauwahi at Honolulu.
Mond. Dec. 18th.
I went to Nawiliwili, whare I recieved 4 Nos. of the "Deseret News," one letter for Br. Molen which I forwarded to him, & one from my wife under date of Sept. 26th. All was well at that time. This news gave me great consolation. The Brethren of this place are so engaged on the plantation that it is imposable to get a meeting except on Sunday and then they are so careless that but few attend, and if I am not there, they have no meeting. I entertained myself by reading the "news," which I found interesting.
Tues. Dec. 19th.
I went into a meeting of the calvins, and the leader (a native) asked me if I was a Mormon Brother. I told him I was; he then asked me to pray. I did so; he then read a chapter and talked a while; when he was thro. I said that I would like to make a few remarks; permision was granted; I said as the time was short I would speak plain and to the point. I said that I had a message to take to them and to all pepole, which was faith, repentence and baptism for the remision of sin, and that this was binding on them altho. they claimed to be christians, for they had been decieved, and their religion was contrary to the Bible. This said I, I am able to prove by the Bible itself if you will hear Meeting was then desmised without any reply. Soon after meeting was over the steamer hove in sight with her flag half masted, in morning for the King Kamehameha III, as we learned on her arrival, who died on Friday 15th at Honolulu after an illness of three days. In twenty minuts after his death, Liholiho was declared King under the title of Kamehameha IV.
Mr. Cook & wife returned. We went to Mr. Fish's and staid over night.
we returned to Koloa.
I wrote a letter to Julia & one to Reddick.
I wrote to Elder O. Pratt.
Reading, writing & c.
It rained so stedy that I was not able to fill an appointment that I had left at Lawai.
Mond. Dec. 25th 1854.
In the forenoon I was reading & writing and in the afternoon I went with Mr. Cook and his wife and Mr. Carey to see the old crater; (Punuhi) it is perhaps a little over one mile from the house; it is of an ovel shape inside, and contains near three achers; each side raises near one hundred feet, and the sumit is composed of lava that is fast decomposing; there is a gap on each end whare the lava made its last exit; these gaps are not over fifty feet above the bottom of the pit.
One oclock P.M. I started for Waimea and arived there about sunset; the saints ware glad to see me come as I had been absent more than a month.
There was rain early in the morning, which prevented us from holding meeting. After the rain ceased I went to Mr. Opitze's and took dinner with him. I had a talk with Mr. O. & another gentelman on the subject of religeon; they boath ware inclined to be on the Destical order. After dinner I returned to Waimea.
The steamer came in about sun rise: A great many natives took passage on her for Honolulu to attend the King's funeral, and to see the corp. as it was to be exposed for public view on the 6th of January. I viseted some of the Brethren; quite a number of them went to Honolulu.
I preached early in the morning. After meeting I helped sister Paahao about making me a pair of pants. Sat. 30th. I preached to the saints on cleanlyness--economy & boath of which they very much need.
Rainy in the morning, and continued so at intermisions all of the forenoon; yet between showers I made my way to the place for meeting, and there I found a few of the Brethren. I preached on the gifts of the gospel, and by way of conclusion I told them that I was called to go to Honolulu to meet in conference, and that some of the Elders expected to return home soon, and that they with all of the saints was called upon to manifest their love and liberality on the occasion. After meeting Br. Kain gave me 12 l/2 cts.
In the afternoon I returned to Hanapepe and staid over night with Br. Pepe and one mile from the sea, on the river.
Mond. Jan. 1st 1855.
About two hours before day light we was called out by the shouts of the neighbors, when we found the river was over flowing its banks; our house stood ten rods from the river & as the water was raising rappedly, my horse and other animels ware taken to high ground & the fouls ware taken into the house, and the mats (which was our beds) was taken up and hung up over head; by this time the house was encercled by the flood, but fortunately before it got into the house (which was raised two feet), the bank of sand at the mouth of the river, which was thrown up by the tide, gave way and opened the mouth of the river so that the water could escape as fast as it came from the mountain; the water then began to receed and by day light it was within its banks; but the whole valley was covered with water so that a person could not go about without geting over shoe mouth so I rowled up my pants to my knees and went out bearfoot.
I went to see Br. Pakaka (the Priest) to urge him up to his duty, as he had neglected altogether the meetings. He told me that he did not feel compatent to take charge of the branch and for that reason he neglected the meetings, and that he did not wish to act any longer; he said that he did not wish to leave the church, but he wanted to give up his licenses. I reasoned with him, but to no surpus; I then took his licences.
By this time it was near noon; and the water was not yet low enough for me to cross at the upper foard, but as the river was much wider near the sea, the Brethren thought I might foard it. I went down; it was ten rods wide. One man said that I could not ride it, and that I had better cross in a canoe, which he said would cost me 50 cts. but as I had not 50 cts. I could not give it. I went to another man, and he said that I might be able to ride it, and it might be over the horses back. I thought however that I would try it, as it did not run swift; I got across safe & only wet my feet a little, altho the water did not lack more then six inches of runing over the horses back. At Wahiawa I met with some natives going to Koloa to the election; I road along with them and after we passed Lawai we was overtaken with as heavy a shower of rain as I ever had the misfortune to be in. When it struck us the natives said, "let us return to the house." I told them that it was folly to return, for we would be completely wet thro. our cloaths before we could each the house; but they all returned. I road on to Koloa and the rain was falling on me all the way. After geting in to the house and chaing my cloaths I felt much better. Thus I passed the New Years day of eighteen hundred and fifty five.
Rained. I wrote to Br. Reddick, and to Br. Farrer also Napelu in answer to letters which I recieved from them this morning. I also wrote to Brs. Woodbury & Keeler. Br. Fosner was in California working for means to help himself home. I also learned by it that the three remaing Elders was to leave for Honolulu on the day the letter was writen. They brought the letter.
The wether still unsettled. I recieved a letter from Br. W. H. Kauwahi and answered it. I also wrote to Br. Snider.
Reading & c.
Frid. Jan. 5th.
I started for Kalihiwai to get Br. Molen to go to Warmea with me; before I got to Nawiliwili I was overtaken by a shower of rain which wet me considerable. I staid over night at Nawiliwile.
Rainy morning. My horse was got lose in the night. I hunted most all day for him on foot, and in the rain a good share of the time; but found no trace of him.
My horse was found in the afternoon of yesterday and Mr. Fish took care of him untell this morning when one of the Brethren went after him for me. At ten oclock A.M. I preached to a few of the Brethren who came togeather for the occasion. After meeting Br. Maipehn went to get my horse, as I wished to go to Mr. Charmans to stay over night, but he was gone again; he followed him two or three miles and caught him. I got completly wet by the rain before I got to Mr. Carmans. We passed the eavning very agreeable-- reading some of Orson Spencers letters and conversing on the gospel.
In reply to a question which I put to him, he said that we could build a meeting house on his place; and he said that he had a house that we might meet in untill we could build one which with a little repair would be quite comfortable.
I road to KKoalia and took dinner with Br. Uana and then road to Aliomann & staid over night. A little rain but not to hurt.
Before I got half way to Kalihiwai it began to rain. I stoped under a tree and let my horse eat of the grass which was very plentiful, hoping that the rain would soon cease, but my hopes ware not realised but for a few moments; it slacked up a little, but I had not gone fare before it set in harder than ever, and had it not been for an overcoat that Br. Uana loned me I should have been well soaked. I stoped again under the porch on an empty house about an hour, but the rain continued, altho. easing off a little at times. I continued my journey--taking shelter under trees in the heavest of the shower. When I came to Kahili river they told me that it would be over my horses back, I got one of them to shew me whare to go. It was ten rods wide but not quite as deep as I expected to find it. I got across safe and reached Kaliliwai about two oclock P.M. & found Br. Molen & all of the Brethren well. My horse had not as yet been found. The meeting house had been blown down in a gail of wind on the last day of the year 1854 which was Sunday; the Saints was in meeting at the time, but they all escaped unhurt. As it was a native thatched house a little laber will replace it.
Morning a little showery, but on the main wek had a fine day. After breakfast Br. M. and I started to return. We had but one horse between us. We left the road and took a hunt thro. Koolau for my horse but could hear nothing of him. We got to Kealia after dark.
We left the horse that I had of Haalelea and we boath took it on foot. Sister Mana gave us 25 cts. to pay our passage across the Waielua river. We had a fine day, but got very tired walking before we got to Nawiliwili, which was only ten miles; but neather of us had been used to walking much of late, but we can get used to it again.
We attended meeting in the morning. After which we went to Koloa; we had a good joley shower on us before we got over. A schooner came from Oahu and brought me four letters. One from Br. Hammond, one from Br. Green, & one from Br. Lawson, news generally good--the work of the Lord onward & The fourth was from Elzada Allred. She and family ware well. Br. James was still in California at the date of her letter which was July 28th, 1854.
The steamer came down, and we felt a little disappointed to find that Brs. Whitney & apatrage did not com down. I went up to Waihona, whare I learned of the death of one of the sisters at Lawai as also her little child, boath killed by lightning, and the house took fire from it and burned down, and nearly consumed the bodies of the dead. The Husband & Father was absent at the time.
Sad must have been his feelings on his return home.
--Fine day, I preached on the organization of the Church or Body of Christ. After meeting I wrote a letter to Br. Lawson & one to Br. Green, also one to Br. Hammond.
Mond. Jan. 15th 1855.
I wrote a letter to Elzada Allred, of Cal.
Br. Molen & I started to visit the branches on the south; we took dinner at Lawai with Mr. Jones. I gave him a reciept for three dollars from Mr. Alexander; which account I paied in behalf of Br. Kauwahi, as he was in debt to Mr. Jones. From thence we went to Hanapepe.
I preached in the morning and Br. Molen spoak a few words after me. I like his fortitud. From thence we went to Waimea & staid with Br. Pilips's whare I had stoped the two previous visits to Waimea.
Br. M. & I crossed over the river to visit the Brethren--found but few of them at Home; we returned in the afternoon and planted a few sweet potatoes in Br. Pilips's garden as he had more land fenced than he was cultivating, and he said that we might plant and he would cultivate them for us.
Br. Molen & I crossed over the river to meeting; and after we reutrned went to planting potatoes, but our impliments of Husbandry ware rather awquard for us, it being a native oo; an iron 4 by 5 inches--thin anough for conveniance and yet thick anough to be sufficiently strong, and round on the edges like an egg. We also cooked our own food.
We had meeting at the house whare we was staying. After meeting the family all went off fishing and Br. Molen & I planted a few potatoes and cooked our own food, which consisted of green mustard and kalo; We had meat for two or three days past. When they returned in the afternoon, Pilipo told me to dress and cook the fish (for they had but one). I told him that he must not think that we had nothing to do but to cook--we came to teach them life & salvation, and it was for them to provide for us. He said that if we was going to be hard on them that they would all leave the church; I told him if they wanted to leave they could do so, it mattered not to me; but they must remember that salvation was not to be obtained outside of the church, nor in any but this church could it be found.
He was sullen after our conversation ceased, and spoak to me no more all the eavning; but he told Br. Komo that he intended to leave.
No one came in to meeting. After we got our breakfast, we went over the river to meeting; on starting I said to Pilipo that it was time for meeting--he made no reply. None of the family went to meeting. Br. Komo offered a pair of slippers to Br. M. s his shoes was intirely gone but they ware to small for him, so I took them and let him have my shoes, which was a little, but not much better than his old ones. Br. Komo also gave us a pair of half worne socks each. I preached quite a long descorse, for me at least, in which I taught some plain truths and told them that they would do well to observe what I told them. In the afternoon I preached again, and injoyed much of the spirit. I also called for a contrabution for the returning Elders and the following was all that I got after giving them near a month to prepair in.
Kain k 25 cts., Mahoe n 26, Komueleele k 25, Lupa k 12 1/2.. In the afternoon we had a heavy rain, accompanied with wind which shook our grass houses so that we did not feel altogeather shure of their standing up until the wind should cease; but it did not last long. We staid with Br. Kome.
Attended morning meeting. We had some rain early but about ten A.M. it cleared away and we started for Hanapepe.
The first mile or two we wore our shoes, but the mud was so sticky that Br. Molens bursted so bad that he could scarsely keep them on his feet, and mine was too light to walk in the mud, consequently we went barefoot the remainder of the way which was about five miles. Br. Kalauhea gave me a shirt.
We had a good turnout to meeting in the morning early--mostly unbelievers. I enjoyed much liberty while preaching to them, it is so seldom that I get a chance to speak to unbelievers. But when I called for the alms, there was none, except a few little sea shels which was of little force, and I suppose that the giver did not intend them as alms, but as he had heard me speak about collecting some shells, he kindly brought them to meeting for me. After meeting we started for wahiawa, but before we arived there, we met a Br. from Koloa who told us that one of the new Brethren (Whitney or Patridge) was there so we concluded to go to Koloa.
My shoes hurt my feet, I therefore took them off and we boath continued our j0ourney on bare feet. We stoped at Lawai and took dinner with a Brother, and altho. it only consisted of rosted kalo and a little poor poi we eat it with thankfull hearts. We then went round by Kukuiula to get some of the Brethren to bring us some food to Mr. Cook's, (a thing they had never as yet done) as there would be three of us at his house for a few days. Two of them (being all that we saw) promised to assist us. We met with Nahuina who we had been told had left the Church. I inquired of him how he felt, (that I might hear from his own lips if he had left.) He said that he had nothing to say against this Church, it was all right, but that he had concluded to go back to the old church. I had a long conversation with him, bore my testamony to him, and left him. On our arival at Mr. Cooks we found Br. Orson K. Whitney, which filled us with joy. Brother Patridge was at Nawiliwili. Br. W. brought a letter to me from Br. Woodbury, not much news.
Also an Epistal from President Lewis & council informing me that the conference had been put off untill July 24th & that Elders Johnson & Karren was expecting to sail for the coast in a few days-- Elders Reddick N. Allred and James Keeler to follow them as soon as convenient and also Br. Lawson as his health was poor.--Elders E. Green, F. A. Hammond, J. S. Woodbury, & myself to go after the July conference, also Br. Snider if he wished--and that they had been counseled not to establish the press hear for the present, but to take it to San Bernardino.
The above news brought me to the conclusion not to go to Honolulu as I had previously expected, but to send the money that I might get to Br. R. N. After seting quiet a little while, my right leg got very lame, a large kernel formed in my grine gave me a head ache threw me into a fever, all of which made me feel rather disagreeable in body tho. chearful in mind.
I felt quite unwell altho. I did not take intirely to my bed.--Rain with south winds.
I felt a little better--felt like I was just recovering from a fever; The rain & wind continued.
I felt quite well except a little week with a rhumatic pain in my hip. Brothers Molen & Whitney went to Nawiliwili. The day was fine. I recieved a letter from Elzada under date of Nov. 26th. All was well. Br. James talked of going to San Bernardino & from there home.
I went to Warhona to see one of the Brethren who was living with another man's wife. He gave me no satisfaction; I told him that he would be cut off from the church, to which he made no reply except by an insignificant smile. I then went and spoak to the woman about leaving her husband in the time of his sickness and living with an other man. She made no reply. I then went and informed the justice of the whole matter, who promised to send the woman home to her husband, who is a member of the church, but she is a Catholic. This day Father is sixty five years of age; the night following that closed this year of his age, I dreamed of being at his funeral, whare a large prosetion was formed, at which Uncle James was present.
Sun. Jan. 28th 1855.
I went to Lawai to meeting--had a good attendence and a good meeting. I recieved the following donations. Upa--25 cts., Niu--12 1/2, Homalau--12 1/2, Kupihe--12 1/2. Kahuna- -25. Keanu 25. Nakielele--25. Puahiki--25. Keliiurimakanui 25. At Kolea I recieved as follows. Kaiakaunoa--12 l/2.. Palaau-- 12 1/2.. Kapule--12 1/2. ___12 1/2.
I gave Mr. Jones's wife a dollar for the remainder of what Kauwahi was owing him.
I went to Nawiliwili & found the Brethren well. Br. Komo was dissatisfied because he had to keep the Elders a few days, and he told me that he thought some of leaving the church because his wife did not like to have the Elders stop with him. I told him that he could do as he liked, but he must abide the consequences.
We staid over night with him, for it was in the eavning that he made known his feelings to me; But I told the Brethren that we would leave in the morning and try some body else and so keep trying untill we found some one that would keep us, or untill all had sent us away.
I see a spirit of degenericy in many of the Brethren, ariseing from selfishness & ignorance. I felt some what unwell in the eavning, brought on by cold and exposure. I came over on horseback from Koloa. I very much like the apperence of Br. Partridge; his phistheognamy shows to the observer of human nature that he is designed for a mighty man.
We took breakfast at Romo's, and then went to Pahano's the Presiding Elder; he would not agree to keep Brs. Molen & Partridge untill the next morning. We all went from there up to Mr. Fish. I took dinner with him. He told us to go & come when we pleased & we would be always welcomed at his house. We thanked him for his kind feeling towards us, and altho. he is an unbeliever and appearantly altogeather uninterested in matters of religeon, yet we felt to help him, and pray God to incline his heart to the truth that he might inherit all things. Br. Whitney and I went to Huleia and staid with Br. Kawaika & left Brs. Molen & Partridge with Mr. Fish whare they staid over night.
The steamer arived from Honolulu and among the passengers was Bro. & Sister Kauwahi. He brought us a package of papers & letters containing a letter from my wife under dates of Oct. 20th. All was well at home at that time. We had also a letter from Eld. Caine giving us the dates of the departure of the Elders for home; Bro. Johnson and Karren having sailed on the 16th inst. & Br. Lawson on the 27th. Brothers Whitney & Partridge had letters from home, all was well with their friends at home. Mr. Robert Brown gave me $2.50 ct. and told me if I needed at any time I had only to let him know. We all staid and took supper with Mr. Fish, and in the eavning I went to Huleid and staid over night with Br. Kawaiku.
Thurs. Feb. 1st 1855.
I returned very early to Mr. Fishe's after breakfast. Brs. Molen and Partridge started for Kalihiwai. Brother & sister Kauwahi called hear on their way to Koloa. They had got my horse that had been mising so long. Br. Whitney & I ocupied the day in writing. I wrote a letter to my Wife and one to Bro. Hammond. We had very high wind with some rain which made it disagreable .
I wrote to Elder Caine; & also to Brother James in California--telling him to get ready and go home with Bro. P. Pratt & company.
Mr. Fish cut his leg or thigh with a chisel. The gash was about two inches long and one deep. Br. Whitney & I closed it up & confined it with strips of court plaster, which answered insted of sewing up, and much quicker done & with less pain than the opperation of sewing.
I road down to Mr. Weedimans to get some butter for Mr. Fish--returned before breakfast, and staid about the house untill eavning & then went with Br. Whitney to Huleia and staid overnight.
Attended meeting at Nawiliwili. Elder Kauwahi preached. I preached in the afternoon--and adminstered the sacrament. I spoak of their coldness towards us & of their refusing to keep us, instructing them to be aware how they treat the servents of God, for it was an important matter. I asked a donation--got nothing.
The court opened at Nawiliwili whare I passed the greater part of the day, as Bro. Kauwahis case was pending in which I felt great interest. The evidence of some of the witness cases that was tried today was very suspicious, one man even acknowledged that he was to get ten dollars from the man that had him supinied. Such witnesses ware natives & the court appeared to excuse the matter insted of reproveing or punishing them, when it was evident to me that they testified false.
I went again to the court house to watch the opperation of wicked men. The first case tried was between Mr. J. Wikinson plantive, and J. Cook defendent for recovery of damages. The verdict of the jury was in favor of the defendent. Br. Kauwahi was next called up, and on being asked if he was ready for trial, said that he was not; the only two witnesses that he had, not being present. Judg Lee told him that he must come to trial. Br. K. asked what was to be done as his witnesses ware not sepinied according to his demands. The judg replied that it could not be put off, & imidiately ordered the clerk (who was also associate judge) to draw the jury. Jr. Berbank was a counciler in the case & Mr. Rhodes was council in behalf of the King.
Mr. Rhodes said that he wished to ask the jury (who ware all natives) if any of them ware Mormons or friends to the prisnor. Mr. Berbank objected to the course doing that it was a daingerous precident to establish, this called forth considerable litigation. Mr. Berbank said that he was not a Mormon nor never expected to be, but he was surprised to hear the objection raised, for it was the first time that he ever saw a man object to as a juror on account of his religous faith. Mr. Rhodes said that he objected because the Mormons believed in poligamy, and as that was the charge against the prisnor he urged his objection. Mr. Berbank said that he did not know but what the Mormons had a right to believe in poligamy, but as the law of the Kingdom forbid it, it was not at all likly that it would be practised hear and he should indever to prove that the prisnor was not gilty of poligomy, but that his first wife had been divorced and married to another man long before the prisnor was married to his present wife. The court alowed Mr. Rhods's objections and the jury was asked sepperatly if they was Mormons or friends to the prisner; One man was found that claimed to be a Mormon and for that cause he was rejected and another chosen in his place. Judy Lee was called up as witness against Br. Kauw
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