He started out in Buchanan, Georgia, teaching at the Church owned school, but within a few months (April 30, 1915) he was reassigned to the Mission office in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Every indication was that his reassignment was because Elder Belnap was doing such a good job.
While in the Office Elder Belnap found the time to preach in East Tennessee with Elder Washburn and in Atlanta, Georgia. As for what he specifically did in the mission office the record is more vague. One fellow office missionary wrote "Elder Belnap was a zealous and capable worker and his efficient labors in the office have been much appreciated by his companions." (J H Jensen)
Elder Belnap returned home to Ogden Utah where he married Mabel Harris in September of 1916. The two had at least five children. His draft card (June 5, 1917) shows that he had a back injury, which may have directed his choice of career. He worked as a bookkeeper for his father's lumber company and later as the Executive Treasurer for the Weber County Treasurers Office.
There is no single way to evaluate his church service after his mission. Particularly if there are no published biographies. But he does appear in photographs with other "former Bishops of the 20th Ogden Ward" suggesting that his church activity continued for the rest of his life.
Arias G Belnap died on February 25th 1974 in Ogden Utah and was buried in the Ogden City Cemetery.
|Arias G Belnap: Photograph dated 1914. Courtesy Wikipedia.|