August 28, 1858 to April 29, 1860. Hurst is stranded in Hawaii following an immigration attempt. He serves as a missionary, learning Hawaiian, and holding religious meetings. Hurst's mission continues in California, where he and his brother, Clement, visit members in the gold mines. The Utah War begins and the Elders withdraw to St. George, Utah. Hurst is called to Salt Lake City and serves guard duty in Echo Canyon. He stays, marries, and starts a family. Hurst is employed by Howard Egan to haul freight. On the way, he offers his opinion of Camp Floyd, Utah. The journal ends when Hurst arrives at the Ruby Valley Pony Express Station. October 11, 1875 to June 5, 1877. The second diary begins with a retrospective summary of 1865-1875. Hurst and Clement begin a mission to the Maoris. He sails to New Zealand and settles in Ohariu, where he finds his mother and brother. He moves in and cares for his neglected mother. His missionary attempts are poorly received and he is kicked out of the family home, leaving Hurst destitute and homeless. Hurst copies paintings and makes tombstones to earn money. He moves to Christchurch, where he holds public meetings, and baptizes for the first time in this mission. Hurst is released, but lacks the money to return home. Friends in Utah raise $300.00 to pay for his return. He receives a tearful send-off from the New Zealand Saints and his mother. Hurst sails to California, then takes the train to Utah where he reunites with his family.