6th. I attended the general conference where Elder John Van Cott was sustained as president of the Scandinavian Mission, and P.O. Hansen and H.P. Jensen were sustained as his counselors. I was released from being president of Copenhagen Conference and called to go to Norway; 0. N. Liljenquist was called to preside over Copenhagen Conference; Elder Peter Olsen was appointed to preside over Bornholm Conference and several other brethren were called to go as missionaries to different parts of the country. Afternoon, by request, Pres. H.P. Jensen and I spoke to the people and then we adjourned about 4:30 p. m. At the council meeting in the evening, those brethren who were called to perform missions, were ordained and set apart by Elders P.O. Hansen, Peter Olsen, H.P. Jensen, and C.J. Larsen, myself, and several of the brethren spoke in that meeting and I dismissed by prayer. 7th. I wrote in my journal and also a letter to Sarine Simmonsen in Zion. The day the brethren from Aalborg arrived by the boat "Zion's Lion, " and my affiance was with them; she had been to visit her father since the demise of her mother. I visited and talked comforting words to some of the saints. 8th. This was the first time that I had been together in such a capacity with my four brothers, to viz. ; Soren, Johannes, Christen and Lauritz, before I went to Norway, and we felt to praise God that we all, together with our parents and sisters, had embraced the Gospel and were members in the Church of Christ. This day I received a letter from Elder Ahmanson in Risoer, Norway, and also letters from Christen Knudaen and Sister A. K. Larsen. In the evening I attended the council meeting and afterwards a number of us Elders had a social gathering at H.P. Jensen's where we had a fine time. 9th. I fasted this day, and attended meeting both fore and afternoon. The lately arrived brethren did the speaking and I dismissed by prayer. 10th. I this day went to the police office to arrange for my papers. Afterwards I went to Fredericksberg and Brother Peter Thomson lent me 25 dollars (American) to assist me on my mission and to my wedding expenses, which would not have been arranged for if I had known that I was to return to Norway and not be permitted to emigrate this season, as Pres. W. Snow had promised me, when I met him in Aalborg for it had been my determined plan not to marry till I could emigrate to Zion. In the evening I asked President Van Cott if he would perform the wedding ceremony before we were married in the Lutheran Church, but he said that he would do it after we had been married according to the law of the land. 11th. Wrote in my journal and afterwards my affianced girl and I went visiting some of the saints in Copenhagen and in Amager. In the evening we had a fine time at H.P. Jensen's. My brothers were there also. 12th. My brothers, Soren and Lauritz and some other brethren took the steamer for Nyborg. I visited some of the saints and attended council meeting in the evening, where Pres. Liljenquist, Chr. G. Larsen, P. Olsen and I ordained 3 Elders, 4 Pries 6 Teachers, and some Deacons, and we had a very fine time. 13th. I went to the police office with a view of getting my papers, but was there informed that I could not get them in Copenhagen because neither I nor my betrothed girl were not born in that city. My affiance and I next went out to Brother P. Thomsen in Fredericksberg, where I administered to two of the sisters, who lived with Brother Jens Murmester (a mason). Afterwards who and I returned to Amager. 14th. I wrote in my journal. Afterwards I went to the parson for Runde Taarn Church, in Church of the Round Tower, and asked him if he would announce our intention to get married, according to the rules of the state, and he at once consented to do that, but did not tell him that we were Mormons. I was possessed of a fine certificate from Colo. Coldivin, whom I had served, before joining our Church, and this certificate did me good service afterwards when I applied for passport from Copenhagen. 15th. This day I spent reading the "Scandinavian Star" and making visits to some of the saints. 16th. This day in the meetings I assisted Pres. Liljenquist and T. Olsen in confirming five persons members of the Church, by the ordinance of laying on of hands, and we also blessed four children. The spirit of God was abundantly with us. 17th. I wrote in my journal, and attended council meeting in the evening. 18th. I wrote letters to Pres. Hougan in Norway and 19th. to my brother Johannes Larsen, president in Aalborg. 20th to 22nd of October. I visited among the saints and otherwise enjoyed my time by reading and writing. I also this day administered to a sick person. 23rd. I attended meetings all day and also in the evening. 24th to 29th inclusive. Visited the saints in various parts of the city, and wrote letters to my brother Soren, and also a letter to Fredericia. Pres. H,P. Jensen and I visited the saints in Hosterkjob, and stayed with them over night. 30th, Sunday. My betrothed girl, Barbara Jensine Dorthea Olsen was this day married to me by a Lutheran priest in the church of the round tower in Copenhagen (in order to comply with the law of the land. ) In the afternoon I spoke in our public meeting and blessed and administered the sacrament. In the evening, in the home of Pres. H,P. Jensen, the real wedding was performed by Pres. John Van Cott and by the Holy Priesthood which he held, he promised us the blessings of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and as witnesses present were Daniel Cams, P.O. Hansen, H.P. Jensen and my brother C.G. Larsen, and I now pray that I may be able to so live by the help of my Heavenly Father that I may be worthy of all these blessings in time and throughout eternity for myself and our posterity. 31st. I wrote in my journal and also wrote a letter to my brother Johannes Larsen in Aalborg. In company with my brother C.G, Larsen, I visited some of the saints and in the evening attended the regular council meeting. NOVEMBER, 1853 1st. My brother C.G. Larsen and I went to visit some of the saints in Christianshavn. 2nd to 5th inclusive. I, with my wife, visited several families of saints in the city proper and in Christianshavn and Fredericksberg, and we had a very enjoyable time. 6th, Sunday. At meeting in the forenoon, I spoke and in the evening my wife and I were invited to a social party in the home of Brother Christensen in Christianshavn. 7th. I visited some of the saints and took to arranging my things for my prospected mission to Norway. In the evening I attended council meeting. 8th. I took leave of my wife at 2 p. m. and boarded the steamer bound for Aalborg, where I wanted to call on my way to Norway, and arrived in Aalborg at 12 o'clock the same night. 9th. I was received with much joy by my brother Johannes, and also by my father-in-law, Jens Olsen and his children, and even that night met with many of the saints in a prayer meeting and spoke to them for a short time. 10th. I wrote in my journal and in the evening, in company with my brother, I attended a baptismal service. 11th. My brother, Johannes, and I visited some of the saints and in the afternoon, about 3 o'clock, my brother C. G. and my father came on foot from Greis, which was a very happy surprise to me. 12th. In company with my father and my brothers, I visited some of the saints in North Sundby. 13th. At our meeting that day, I occupied some time in the forenoon, speaking to the people, and my father and my brothers spoke in the afternoon. Later we called on to administer to a sick woman. 14th. My brother Chr. G. and I took pains to find some sailing vessel that would take us to Norway, but we did not find any. After attending council meeting in Aalborg, we all crossed over to North Sundby, where we had a real love feast with speeches, songs and a dance added till about 4 o'clock in the morning. 15th. We stayed with Brother Adolph Bone over night and after dinner we, my brother C.G. and I, walked, in company with Brother Petersen, to Hals, where we arrived about 6 p.m. and held meeting that evening; both of us spoke in that meeting and the saints seemed to appreciate our visit very much. 16th. This morning, when we went down to the pier to take passage on the steamer: back to Aalborg, we were met by my wife, coming from Copenhagen, who brought a letter from Pres. Van Cott by which he released us both from going to Norway. This change was caused by a letter from Pres. G.N. Hougan in Norway, where in he stated that the Supreme Court had decided against us as being unchristian religionists, and, therefore, not entitled to religious toleration in Norway, and that I, therefore, would be put in prison again if I came to Norway, and pay cost of court or else expiate it by imprisonment for a number of days on bread and water fare only. When we arrived in Aalborg, we spent the time in visiting among the saints and in prayer meeting in the evening. 17th. I wrote a letter to Pres. Van Cott in Copenhagen. Administered to a sick woman and wrote a letter to Brother Svend Larsen in Randers. My father took the stage to the same city. In the evening my brother C.G. and Brother Jens Thomsen and I held a meeting in North Sundby. All of us spoke, and we had a fine time. 18th and 19th. I visited some of the saints and in the evening I baptized Jeppe Christensen's four children. 20th, Sunday. I fasted and attended meetings both in the forenoon and afternoon, and I spoke most of the time. My brother Johannes, Jens Thomson and I confirmed five persons by the laying on of hands, and also blessed a sick woman. Later I and my wife, together with several other members of the church, were invited to a social party at Brother Madsen's, and we had a fine time of it. 21st. I wrote in my journal and afterwards my wife and I went over to Sundby. In the evening I attended council meeting. Had a pleasant day and evening. 22nd. I wrote a letter to the saints in Risoer, Norway, and afterwards I visited some of the saints in the town of Aalborg. 23rd. I wrote a letter to Brother Sven Larsen in Randers, and received a letter from Pres. H.P. Jensen, dated Copenhagen, Nov. 19th. In the evening I attended council meeting, where I occupied some of the time speaking and in connection with Pres. Johannes Larsen, Jens Thomson ordained one Elder and two Priests. We felt greatly blessed all that day. 24th. I wrote a reply to Pres. H.P. Jensen's letter, and also wrote a letter to my parents. 25th. Some of the saints took the steamer for Copenhagen this day. I called on my father-in-law, Jens Olsen, as he had promised my wife one hundred Danish dollars (50 American dollars) as her share of her mother's estate, but he only gave me half of that amount, yet he wanted me to give him a receipt for the full amount; but as I was not willing to do that he became very angry and used many hard express- ions against me. I reasoned with him for a while and finally he agreed to furnish the balance by Friday, Dec. 1st. In the evening in company with my brother C. G. and my wife, I visited among the Saints in North Sundby. 26th. I wrote in my journal. I received a letter from Pres. John Van Cott, date Nov. 24th, by which he informed me that he had come to the conclusion to send me along with the first company of emigrants this year. I wrote him immediately in reply to this letter. Afterwards, in company with my brothers Johannes and C.G. Larsen, I visited Brother Klingbeck. 27th, Sunday. I spoke in the forenoon meeting and blessed the sacrament in the afternoon. The blessing of God was upon us and we rejoiced. 28th. I wrote in my journal. Afterwards my brother, C.G. and Sven Larsen and I went to Hals, arriving there in the evening, and were entertained by the saints in that village. 29th. I wrote letters to the saints in Risoer, and afterwards visited among the saints. In the evening we had a rousing big meeting. 30th. My brother, C. G. , and I went to Aalborg, where we spent the time in visiting the saints. In the evening attended a council meeting and we had much joy together. Since I had been released from going to Norway, I had been appointed to obtain the names of all persons who wanted to leave with the first company of emigrants and to collect the money from them, those living in the North Jutland and Veusyssel conferences. DECEMBER, 1853 1st. I wrote in my journal, and made preparation for starting for Copenhagen the next day. My brother Lauritz and Brother Jensen arrived that evening, and we held a very interesting meeting, at which I preached my farewell sermon. 2nd. It took us till I p.m. to get our luggage on board the steamer, that was to take us to Copenhagen. We were in all 90 passengers (Mormons) and sailed all night, arriving in Copenhagen. 3rd. At 10 a. m. Pres. Van Cott had rented a spacious hall for our accommodation until we were ready to leave Denmark, and it took till about 6:00 p. m. before we had our luggage from the steamer. 4th. A meeting was held in this our temporary abode, the rented hall, and I took occasion to speak, encouraging and giving advice to the emigrants, to be very forbearing with one another, while on the way to Zion; for we, henceforth, would be very close together, and detect one another's failings more than ever, and we should therefore, be the more kind and forbearing towards all. 5th. We were kept busy in arranging the luggage for each family in such a way that there could be as much room for the other emigrants that were expected to arrive. In the evening, a council meeting was held at which President Van Cott appointed me to preside over the emigrants while here in this hall, which appointment was cheerfully consented to. Several of the brethren expressed their feeling of satisfaction, and from that day and to the 20th of December, I was kept very busy trying to make it as convenient as possible for all the emigrants. We held meeting occasionally, having prayer and testimony meetings, which had a tendency to produce good feelings and harmony among the people. I wrote sometime letters and blessed some children for their ailments. I baptized two children and one grown person, while here, and also confirmed them by the laying on of hands. 20th. We observed as a fast day and held meetings. Several of the brethren spoke and I bore my parting testimony in Denmark, to the truth of the Gospel, before leaving my native land. Thanks to God for his kindness and mercy. 21st. Some of the emigrant saints and their luggage was brought on board the ship "Slesvig". 22nd. This day I received my appointment by letter from Pres. Van Cott, making me president of the company, which number 301 souls. By 2 p.m. we were all on board, with our luggage, and soon we started off, having favorable wind to help us, and we reached the harbor of Kiel the next morning at 6 o'clock. 23rd. We obtained some hot drink and was soon busy in getting our luggage ashore and on board the railroad train. I administered to Sister Folkman, who had a fit or convulsions. I had to do some business with Mr. Berting, agent for the Morris Company. 24th. At seven o'clock in the morning we started for the city of Gluckstadt, arriving there at 11 a. m. We were all hustled into a large hall, where we were given some hot drink and later we brought our luggage on board the steamer "Advin of Skubland. " I wrote a letter to Pres. Van Cott, giving an account of our journey so far. Elder Daniel Cams brought 33 German saints to join our company, which brought our number up to 334 souls. 25th. At 7 a. m. we started down the river Elben and encountered some difficulty with the ice, but got out all right. 26th. The wind was favorable when we started for Hull in England at 7 a. m. A baby boy, nine months old, son of Brother Andersen, died that day. 27th. A child of Jens Andersen died and was buried in the sea that day. Between 5 and 6 p. m. we reached Hull. Brother Sven Larsen and I went ashore and took lodgings for the night. Brother Peter Jensen from Hals died and the ship company attended to his burial. 28th. After getting our luggage on board the train we left Hull about 2 p. m. and arrived in Liverpool at 11 p. m. After getting a bowl of warm soup, we all went to bed, which was a sweet rest for all. 29th. I called on Pres. F.D. Richards at the Mission Office and later in the day I took a stroll out in the city. In the evening we had a meeting and Elder Daniel Carns moved that the 33 German emigrants should be included in the company under my charge, which was agreed to. Johannes Bohn was proposed and sustained as Clerk and Recorder for the company. Several of the brethren spoke in that meeting, giving good advice and council. From that time till January 1st all were kept busy in getting their luggage and themselves on board the big sailing vessel, "Jesse Munne." 30th. I wrote a letter to Pres. Van Cott and also 31st. to my brother C.G. Larsen, Bomholm. This day all the emigrants came on board the ship. An aged woman, mother to Christen Kjar, died here. 1854 JANUARY. 1854 1st. In company with several others, I made a stroll up in town. Later in the day provisions were issued according to the number of persons in each family. 2nd. and the ship was brought off the docks and anchored in the river. 3rd. A steam tug pulled our ship out to sea this day. According to instructions from Pres. Van Cott, I divided the company into wards, appointing an Elder to have charge over each. Brother A. Berthelsen was ordained a Priest. In the evening we had a very good prayer meeting. The following days are not recorded. 13th. We had a very interesting meeting. The spirit of God was in our midst. I united in marriage Sister Sophia Larsen to Brother Anders Petersen, and in connection with Elder Sven Larsen, ordained 3 Elders, 3 Priests and I Teacher. We also blessed children belonging to Brother Eriksen. FEBRUARY, 1854 8th. My wife and I fasted. We had a council meeting with a view to raise some means for some people who had not the money to pay for their passage up the river, and it was unanimously agreed to not leave any body behind, and to this end a savings box or bank was established, into which anybody might contribute according to means to spare and their charitable disposition; the funds to be used under direction of the president. We had very much blessed day, enjoying ourselves by songs, speeches and prayers, and the spirit of God was over us all. The day before we had passed the island of St. Domingo, and in the evening we had the island of Jamaica to our left and Cuba on the right of us. 12th. We held a meeting, beginning at 10 a.m. and several of the brethren spoke. The spirit of God was with us. I joined Sister Sophia M. Christensen to Brother Lauritz Smith in marriage. Re-convening our meeting at 2;30 p.m. I spoke at some length on the theme of the powers and gifts of the Priesthood, and we then partook of the sacrament, and I then ordained an Elder and several Priests, and we all gave praise to our Heavenly Father. 16th, Thursday. We arrived at the mouth of the great Mississippi River, and anchored about 4 p. m. We all gave praise to God that He had so well preserved us across the great Atlantic Ocean. Each one of the presiding Elders had had regular prayer meeting in the ward every week, and we held two public meetings every Sunday and partaken of the sacrament. We had five adult persons die on the voyage, and 7 small children had died. Three of these had died before we came upon the Atlantic and two of them were very old people. 18th. A steamer pulled our ship up to the Telegraph Station, where we anchored for two hours; then another steamer took us in tow, but that was very slow progress. I wrote a letter to Pres. Van Cott and also one to Brother Widerborg in Norway. 19th. We held our meetings as usual and I ordained Brother Hans Jensen, Hals, an Elder, and married him and Maren Eriksen, making them man and wife. 20th. We reached New Orleans this morning, but we were disappointed in not finding the emigration agent, and none of us could express ourselves much in the English language, consequently we looked up the Danish Consul, but he gave us very little encouragement, but as we were leaving him, we were followed into the street by his secretary, who seemed in sympathy with us, and asked us where we wished to go next, and then we told him that we were Mormon emigrants, and he then told us that he was himself a Mormon, but that it was not known, and he believed that he was the only Mormon in the city, and he was afraid of being discharged if it became known He gave us information about the place where the Mormon emigrants had bought their provisions the previous year and the next thing was to find a steamer to take us farther up the river, to St. Louis, and we succeeded in making a bargain with a Mr. Brown, who was the captain of the very large steamer by name "St. Louis. " Our company had the second cabin, which consisted in a number of small rooms, outside the great saloon, but yet on the same deck as the first cabin passengers had place, and our accommodations were very satisfactory, except for the slow progress made by the steamer. The brethren were made busy in getting all the luggage on board this steamer, from the sailing vessel, while Brother Sven Larsen and I made arrangements for and bought the provisions to take with us up the river and also for our further journey across the desert plains. 22nd. By 6 p. m. we had everything belonging to our company on board the steamer, and the next day Elder James Brown, who was appointed by Apostle Orson Pratt to be the agent this year, and it was a great relief to us. I informed him of our situation and of our arrangements and bargains, and he said that it could not have been made better if he had made them himself. It was the hand of God who had done it for us. 25th. About 11 a. m. we left New Orleans. All were in good spirit and felt well. 26th. We held a meeting in the afternoon and I married Nora Winberg to A. Berthelsen. MARCH, 1854 1st. We held a council meeting at which Sven Larsen and I gave an account of all our expenditures for the company. I took occasion to say to the assembly to be patient and forbearing with one another, and make it as convenient for all as circumstances would permit. 5th. We held a meeting in the afternoon and partook of the sacrament. 8th. We held a private council and settled some difficulties that existed between some brethren from the Aalborg conference and their president. After some talk and explanations, everything was made straight. Thanks to God for it. 11th. In the forenoon six of our company were attacked by cholera Morbus, and were taken on board the quarantine boat a few miles before we reached St. Louis. Five of them died, but one. Sister Kjar, got well and joined us in St. Louis three days later. We reached the city before night, and Sven Larsen and I went ashore and called on Brother H. Eldridge at his office, and I there received two letters, one of them from Zion. 12th. I attended the English (American) meeting and spoke a short time. My wife and I were invited for supper and an English family and we returned on board the steamer we found that my wife's brother had been attacked by cholera and we watched over him all that night. 13th. He, Waldemar Olsen, died at 6:30 that morning, passing away quietly in the Lord. Assisted by a Brother Buchland from Zion, I tried my best all day to rent a house for the company, but in vain, and the sick people were, therefore, under the necessity of making beds of their clothing on the floor of the pier by the river. We could proceed no farther account of ice in the river at that time. After much persuasion, I succeeded in renting a small room for my wife and I and also one for Christen Hansen and his wife, the owner was a Brother Gjare. It was a very quiet night. 14th. After much effort on my part and assisted by Brother Buchland, we had all of the emigrants comfortably housed before night that day, for which all felt very thankful. We had rented two large halls, one in the Mound Hotel, for the emigrants from Copenhagen, and another in the Ullaget Hotel, for the rest of the emigrants. I had much to do by administering to the sick, during that week, as several had been attacked by cholera and some died after we had reached St. Louis. 19th. I attended meeting with saints from Copenhagen, and spoke to them and administered to some of the sick. In the afternoon I and my wife attended English meeting and at 5 p.m. I attended meeting with the saints in Hotel Ullaget. Several of the brethren spoke in that meeting and we all tried to cheer up and encourage one another, and we realized that the Lord recognized our prayers, for many of the sick were healed, although some died. 21st. This day I filled my 23rd year, and Horace Eldridge, Empey, Buchland, Gjerre, his wife and Brother Folkman took dinner with us. During the week, I was much taken up with waiting upon and blessing the sick. One day I was across the river to find work for some of the brethren. I wrote a letter to Pres. Van Cott. 26th. I was to meeting with our people in the Mound Hotel and administered the sacrament to them, and at 5 p. m. I met with the saints in Hotel Ullaget and we enjoyed the presence of the spirit of God in our midst, and we were almost free from sickness. Thanks be to God. 31st. We had this day a special council meeting on account of two Brethren's unchristianlike conduct, to viz. : Christoffersen and J. Nielsen. We deprived them of their certificate of Priesthood and Brother Nielsen's wife was forbidden to partake of the sacrament until they all would show fruits worthy of repentance. Some brethren were appointed to visit those parties and plead with them and prevail on them to meet with us at our next council meeting. A company of English speaking people, numbering 460 persons, passed St. Louis this day. APRIL, 1854 2nd. We had fast day and meetings in both the hotels. Partook of the sacrament and thanked God that all sickness had left us and the spirit of peace prevailed among us, for which we gave praise to God. 3rd. This day the emigrants in charge of H.P. Olsen arrived, and I conducted him to Pres. Eldridge's office. Afterwards I went on board the steamer that had brought them, and there I found my parents and my brother and sister, who had come in that company, and they were all well; my parents then remained with me until we left St. Louis. In the evening we had a special council meeting at which complaint was presented against Jeppe Christensen for drunkenness and some thieving also, he felt very humble and asked forgiveness, and promised to do right. At the same meeting the subject of raising means for those who were deficient, so that all could go together, that wished to, if there were means that could be spared, and after a length discussion, it was voted unanimously that all would help as much as was in their power and some of the brethren who had donated at the former meeting, donated again During the week, I was busy assisting the people in various ways. 9th. I attended meeting in the Mound Hotel and spoke there and confirmed two brethren who had been baptized there. We partook of the sacrament and had a very blessed day. Eight adults and eight children had died from Cholera since we left New Orleans. 13th. This day we went on board the "Houdanson," the steamer that was to take us to Kansas, leaving St. Louis at 6 p. m.; arriving there in safety.