Indian Territory Mission : The Missionary Journal of Byron Harvey Allred, Jr.
March 21, 1897 to April 12, 1899. Allred begins his journal in St. John, Kansas, headquarters of the Indian Territory Mission (name changed to Southwestern States Mission in 1898). Indian Territory consisted of a part of the public land of the United States which was set apart by the U.S. Government for various tribes of Indians who were transferred there from different parts of the United States. The mission included Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Allred gives day-to-day details of missionary work in southeast Kansas and northeast Oklahoma, including tracting with Parley P. Pratt's Voice of Warning, visiting members, conducting meetings, preaching, and giving priesthood blessings. Allred often gives the names of Church members and missionaries as well as the titles of books he is reading. Allred helps a branch of Church members in Oklahoma prepare to emigrate to Colonia Juarez, Mexico. He meets with members of Mormon splinter groups, including the Bickertonites and members of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (RLDS). He discusses RLDS views on Joseph Smith and polygamy. Allred includes letters about his mission that he wrote for the Deseret News. Upon being released from his mission, Allred travels to Colonia Juarez, Mexico to visit his parents. His journal ends upon his arrival back in his hometown of Afton, Wyoming.