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Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt [Kindle Edition]

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Parley Pratt was born in Burlington, New York, the son of Jared Pratt and wife, a descendant of Anne Hutchinson. He married Thankful Halsey in Canaan, New York on 9 September 1827. The young couple settled near Cleveland, Ohio on a plot of "wilderness" where Parley had constructed a crude home. In Ohio, Pratt became a member of the Reformed Baptist Society, also called Campbellites, through the preaching of Sidney Rigdon. Pratt soon decided to take up the Campbellite ministry as a profession, and sold his property.

While traveling to visit family in western New York, Pratt had the opportunity to read a copy of the Book of Mormon owned by a Baptist deacon. Convinced of its authenticity, he traveled to Palmyra, New York and spoke to Hyrum Smith at the Smith home. He was baptized in Seneca Lake by Oliver Cowdery on or about 1 September 1830, formally joining the Latter Day Saint church (Mormons). He was also ordained to the office of an elder in the church. Continuing on to his family's home, he introduced his younger brother, Orson Pratt, to Mormonism and baptized him on 19 September 1830.

This biography was written by Parley and published posthumously.

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  • Print Length: 480 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001VNCI6E
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read. May 24 2004
By Blah
Format:Hardcover
Parley P. Pratt along with his brother Orson was among the earliest leaders of the Mormon church. His historical significance alone makes this worth the read. Luckily not only is this work historically important is is also really entertaining. Of all the books I have read on the early church this was easily the most entertaining.
Parley Pratt is a master storyteller. Furthermore, he lead a fascinating life that makes for an engrossing read. My favorite was the story about the dogs. (You have to read it to find out what I mean) There is some inspirational talk here as would be expected from any work by a religious devotee. Really a fun read and worth your time.
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Format:Paperback
A very vivid account of the early history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints written by man who lived it and contributed much to the LDS church. The book is written in flowing prose and interspersed with poetry, letters, etc. Parley Pratt joined the church after reading and accepting the Book of Mormon. His story follows the LDS church through their persecutions in Missouri, and Illinois and brings the church to its present location in Utah.
I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the LDS church as it is written by one of their early leaders.
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  66 reviews
36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE MOST VALUABLE BOOKS ON LDS CHURCH HISTORY July 10 2002
By George Stancliffe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a first-hand account of the growth and history of the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints, as seen through the eyes of one of its highest-ranking insiders (and Apostle), Parley P. Pratt.
Pratt, a traveling preacher, first heard of the Book of Mormon in late August, 1830, and was baptized on about Sept 1, 1830. From then on, his life was one of total committment and devotion to God's work on Earth.
Pratt served several missions for the Church and also suffered through many persecutions with the Prophet Joseph Smith himself, including several months in a filthy jail cell in 1838-1839. These experiences are told in fair detail so that it is easy for me to visualize them as if I had lived through them myself.
If you want to know what life was really like for early LDS Church members and leaders, you need to read this book.
--George Stancliffe
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read. May 24 2004
By Blah - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Parley P. Pratt along with his brother Orson was among the earliest leaders of the Mormon church. His historical significance alone makes this worth the read. Luckily not only is this work historically important is is also really entertaining. Of all the books I have read on the early church this was easily the most entertaining.
Parley Pratt is a master storyteller. Furthermore, he lead a fascinating life that makes for an engrossing read. My favorite was the story about the dogs. (You have to read it to find out what I mean) There is some inspirational talk here as would be expected from any work by a religious devotee. Really a fun read and worth your time.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Prose and Poetry Tells the Story of the LDS Church Jan. 28 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A very vivid account of the early history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints written by man who lived it and contributed much to the LDS church. The book is written in flowing prose and interspersed with poetry, letters, etc. Parley Pratt joined the church after reading and accepting the Book of Mormon. His story follows the LDS church through their persecutions in Missouri, and Illinois and brings the church to its present location in Utah.
I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the LDS church as it is written by one of their early leaders.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be required reading in History class May 1 2009
By Mark Twain - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Its been a long time since I read a book that impacted me as much as this one. This is an incredible autobiography full of true American adventure by one incredible human being. To endure the incredible hardships and torture, as described so eloquently and vividly by a great writer, at the hands of American citizens is a tale almost beyond belief.

I am not Mormon and have no particular feelings one way or the other but Mr. Pratt's incredible faith and endurance are truly awe-inspiring, and it would be difficult to comprehend how one could survive without a divine presence lending a hand.

I think those who read this book will come away with a very important message about religious tolerance and the horrors that occur when religious prejudice rules the law of the land.

While reading this book I found my breath quickening, my hands clenching, and my nose smelling the foul stench of the cruel prison conditions Mr. Pratt and others were forced to endure.

Probably Mr. Pratt got what he deserved in the end. Whether or not you accept the practice of polygamy - mess with another man's wife and you are liable to get hurt. Nevertheless I can't help but admire this man and wonder how he survived so many perilous adventures and even more difficult - 12 wives! God Bless you Parley P. Pratt - may you rest with the Saints in Heaven.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must See the Footnotes March 11 2008
By Ronald C. Hoopes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a great discovery. You have probably heard the stories of Parley P. Pratt. Now you need to read them, and please review the historical significance in the footnotes. Also, good photography to compliment and help establish a mental picture.
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