History of the Life of Oliver B. Huntington, Written by Himself, 1878-1900
January 1, 1879 to January 12, 1900. Huntington settles disputes and participates in community affairs in Springville, Utah. He attends the Logan Temple, receiving his Second Anointing and working with his sister, Zina. Huntington records Mormon folklore, especially stories involving Joseph Smith and other early church leaders. He also chronicles local feuds and scandals, which spill over into church meetings. He worries over a wayward son and discusses infant blessings when a daughter-in-law and baby die in childbirth. He attends the Manti Temple dedication and takes the minutes for an 1888 regional priesthood meeting. He also helps organize Christian classes to combat the influence of sectarian schools. Huntington serves a home teaching mission around Utah Valley before accompanying Church Patriarch John Smith on a retreat. Chance encounters with Moses Thatcher and later Heber J. Grant lead to a discussion of politics and the Moses Thatcher case. While visiting his nephew, Chariton Jacobs, Huntington shows his cane made from the first coffin of Joseph Smith and gives its provenance. In his final entry, he interprets Doctrine and Covenants 85:7-8 to prove Brigham Young was the one mighty and strong, while Almon Babbitt was that man.