By the third Sabbath on their trek the Whites had reached southeastern Kansas, and Ellen White spoke Sabbath afternoon and evening in a schoolhouse close to where they camped. The meetings were well attended, and she pressed home the subject of temperance and the necessity of self-denial and self-sacrifice in order to preserve physical, mental, and moral health."I had special freedom in speaking to the people," she noted in her diary."The Lord indeed gave me His Spirit and power in speaking the truth, and all seemed interested" (MS 4, 1879).
Sunday night there was a downpour, but since their tent was "staked and thoroughly ditched," they kept dry. The next morning the women in the party washed their clothes in the trenches about the tents. In her diary, Ellen wrote:
It is a beautiful morning. The sun is shining and all in camp are astir for breakfast, while some are packing the wagons for another move.
We are on the way again, slowly making our way over the broad prairies of Kansas. At nine o'clock we turned out to let the horses feed on grass. At noon we all drew up upon the broad prairie to take our dinner. . . . Teams are now being prepared for another move, while Marianand I, Adelia and Etta, are gathering up, washing the dishes, and putting the food in baskets. The order comes, "Move on." In one hour and a half we shall be at Brother Glover's (ibid).