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Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt (Revised and Enhanced) Hardcover – March, 2000
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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.
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.
I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the LDS church as it is written by one of their early leaders.
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.
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.Read more ›
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