December 25, 1836 to October 9, 1857. The diaries begin with Adams' baptism in 1836. Mobs drive him from Missouri to Illinois in 1839. He serves a mission to Canada from July 1839 to April 1840. He returns to Illinois in May 1840. He writes briefly of a second mission to Canada sometime before 1842. He serves yet another mission to Canada from January to June 1843. Adams takes a raft to St. Louis in the summer of 1843 and falls ill with Ague. Heber C. Kimball promises Adams that he will recover if he works on the Nauvoo Temple. Adams goes to work on the temple and recovers. After a mob kills Joseph and Hyrum Smith, John Taylor and Willard Richards give Adams letters to take to Nauvoo from Carthage. In 1845, Church leaders appoint Adams as one of seven presidents of the Fourteenth Quorum of Seventy. Adams provides a list of the members of that quorum. Church leaders appoint Adams as captain of fifty for Nauvoo exodus. He leaves for Winter Quarters in 1846 and works for the government at Fort Child, Nebraska and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas to raise funds for continuation of the trip. He leaves Winter Quarters on June 7, 1849 and arrives in Salt Lake City on September 25, 1849. Adams provides names and dates of various family members. He settles with his family in American Fork, Utah. Adams recounts daily life in Utah, including grasshopper raids, fights with Indians, difficulties with neighbors over land, and religious life. Brigham Young calls Adams to start a flour mill at Fort Supply, Wyoming. Adams recounts the Reformation and his role in rescuing handcart companies in 1856. The back of the fifth diary provides Adams' genealogy.