I already posted on Alpheus related to his birthday.
Today is the 170th anniversary of his death near Nauvoo. I found a few links that mention his conversion and activities as a missionary that might be interesting.
“At the age of eighteen, having scarcely sufficient learning to enable him to read the Bible, he (Alpheus) commenced preaching the Gospel, not for hire, but for the salvation of souls” (HC, Vol. 4, p. 109, footnotes). (See also HC, Vol. 4, p. 484, footnotes – birth stated to be August 25, 1798.)
see more at:
Alpheus and Anna Nash Gifford
Enos and Ruth Franklin Curtis
Also linked to this site:
Enjoy ... and Merry Christmas