Biography and Journals of Benjamin Franklin Cummings, pioneer of Utah, 1847 / transcribed 1933 at the instance of his grandson Benjamin Franklin Cummings of Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
20 September 1842 to 1857. Cummings and Anson Call leave Nauvoo, Illinois on a mission to the Eastern States. While traveling, they face opposition from ministers and are frequently denied lodging. He preaches mainly in the Midwest with varying degrees of success and returns to Nauvoo a few days before Joseph Smith is killed. He is at the meeting where Sidney Rigdon attempts to gain control of the church, and hears Joseph Smith's voice when Brigham Young responds. He travels to Utah arriving in September 1847, but his mother and father die on the journey. Cummings is called on a mission to the Indians and works with Nez Pierce, Black Foot and Flathead Indians near the Salmon River. Returning to Limhi, near Ogden, Cummings marries a second wife. He scouts the Bitter-Root Valley, and Brigham Young visits Limhi. Cummings serves as a Battalion commander during the Utah War. He skirmishes with the Indians and temporarily moves to Provo, moving to Salt Lake City when the Utah War is over. He serves a mission to Council Bluffs, Iowa and frequently has to defend polygamy.