During the Mexican War he inlisted and spent some \"wild and reckless\" days in Mexico. He learned the Spanish language, and , after leaving the army, traveled as a sheepherder to Utah. Accidentally wounded near Provo, he was nursed to physical and spiritual health by the Mormons, whom he joined. He subsequently aided in translating the Book of Mormon into Spanish, presided over the Mexican Mission, preached the gospel among the \"Lamanites: and wrote the account of his remarkable life, Forty Years Among the Indians, from which this selection has been taken. He died in Mesa, Arizona. In the excerpt presented here, Jones demonstrates the remarkable resiliency of wit and spirit that sustained him through many difficult experiences. Having volunteered to join the rescue effort to save the freezing and dying handcart immigrants, he volunteered again, this time to remain all winter in the mountains as a leaser of the group protecting the goods abandoned by the unfortunate people of the handcart companies.
Jones, Daniel W.; Jones, Daniel
Boonslick, Howard County, Missouri
Presided over the Mexican Mission. Mission among the Native Americans.