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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.
I highly recommend this work to anyone interested in LDS matters and truth in religion.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great missionary for the church! He sacrificed his all for the Lord to build up His kingdom ! Murdered at age 50. I enjoyed reading about him as he is in my family tree!Published 2 months ago by Jamsc
It's been a long time since I read a book that impacted me as much as this one.I like the books historical perspectives. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Richard
It is well worth reading (especially on Kindle) but he uses very "flowery" language so it is easier to "skip" some of the descriptive text.Published 5 months ago by Jerry
A wonderful, historical read of a marvelous early apostle in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Saints. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Paul F. Cook