A transcription of the Journal of David Candland (1819-1902) from the years 1841 to 1902 concerning his conversion to the Mormon Church
Candland, Douglas Keith,Candland, Mary Homrighausen
January 4, 1846 to August 1861. Candland is called on a mission to England. He is sealed to his family in 1846. He and his wife are also sealed to Heber C. Kimball through the Law of Adoption. He travels to England, where he is assigned to Manchester and Birmingham. Candland attempts to set up joint stock companies, administers to the sick, and preaches. Returned to Salt Lake City, Candland's plural wife and infant son die. He receives a vision of the two, which comforts him. Many entries record his attempts to secure employment. He is a purchasing agent, clerk, stage manager, and saloon operator. Virtually all the employment he receives is through Brigham Young. Candland also often writes about his family, noting the births and deaths of his children. He takes a third wife and marries a fourth against her mother's wishes. Four months later, both his third and fourth wives divorce him. He then marries three more wives in quick succession. Candland mentions the 1857 military build-up in anticipation of Johnston's Army and summarizes the decree declaring martial law. At the end of the diary, Candland lays down strict rules for his family and questions his fate regarding wives and children.