1882 Ivins was a prominent figure both politically and ecclesiastically
in St. George, having been elected prosecuting attorney of Washington
County and member of the St. George City Council while serving also
on the St. George LDS Stake High Council. However, once again Ivins
was called on a mission, this time to Mexico City. To finance the mission,
the people of St. George gave a benefit performance of "The False Friend"
with romantic leads taken by Josephine Snow and Anthony W. Ivins. This
performance provided Ivins with $109.95 which, with $56.25 in contributions
from other sources enabled him to leave for a two-year stay in Mexico.
This experience provided the background for later, lengthy associations
with that country. Ivins learned Spanish during this period; so well
that his fluency was admired frequently by native Spanish speakers,
including President Porforio Diaz of Mexico, who told Ivins that he
spoke as well as a Castilian.
Ivins' return from the Mexican Mission in 1884, he once more settled
in St. George; again was active in local politics; and became a rancher.
He was the manager of the Mojave Land and Cattle Company and one of
the owners of the Kaibab Cattle Company, the two largest owners of cattle
on the Arizona Strip.