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Elder Parley P. Pratt was ordained an apostle in 1835 under the hands of Joseph Smith, Oliver Cowdery, and David Whitmer at Kirtkand, Ohio. A gifted writer, he wrote lyrics to a number of beloved LDS hymns, including "An Angel from on High" and Jesus, Once of Humble Birth." he was assassinated on May 13, 1857, in Arkansas at the age of 50. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 643 pages
  • Publisher: Deseret Book Co; Rev. and enhanced ed edition (March 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573458627
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573458627
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,207,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By George Stancliffe on July 10, 2002
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
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Blah on May 24, 2004
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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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 28, 2004
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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mark Twain on May 1, 2009
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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ronald C. Hoopes on March 11, 2008
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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Winget on September 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Parley P. Pratt was a great man who made a great impact on the people in his day. He was searching for truth and serving as a missionary when his life changed for the best. Parley came into contact with a book that would change his life forever. That book is The Book Of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ. When he read it, he decided that he needed to be baptized into the only true and living church upon the face of the land. When talking to his wife, Parley discovered that she had also come to find the Book of Mormon and had been baptized. Parley spent the rest of his life preaching the gospel to all the world up to the point that he was murdered by a jealous ex-husband of one of his converts. Parley was a great example of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. For more information about The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints, visit[...]or talk to your MORMON neighbor.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By East West on January 3, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I read the 1985 edition.

This book reads like an autobiography with brakes and jumps, expressions of hope, dreams, aspirations, labors, losses, etc. one would expect from a person attempt to describe their lives while living it and still not certain of the day to day outcome. It is a sincere recollection as best as one should expect. Some personal poetry and musical compositions is included making me believe that little or nothing of the authors original writings was left out.

I like the books historical perspectives. The religious tone was obvious but surprisingly not annoying or intrusive. Parely P. Pratt simple believed in his faith and seems destined to be a preacher. There are a lot of sympathetic figures in the stories told due to the many injustices the Mormon pioneers faced while settling westward in attempts to establish a colony. Perhaps other groups have faced similar prejudices, but I have never heard of such persecutions of Quakers, protestants, Baptists, Methodists, etc which could match the hardships these Mormon pioneers endured other than the persecutions which cause settlement of the Americas. But, religious settlement of America seemed as much politically motivated as a focused religious intolerance. This story was heart wrenching at times for the simple fact that the injustices seemed evident and unambiguous. The stories dispel the mythology of the free and endless frontier and reveal the harshness of society which compliments its environment.

The most vibrant and lengthy story told is a detail and exciting account of Parley P. Pratt's coordinated escape. The account is detail and exciting and full of moral dilemmas for which the author makes some attempt to discuss.
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