The Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt
Maurine and Scot, a husband and wife team, have been depicting scenes from Church history for several years. Maurine received her master's degree in teaching from Harvard University and Sco...more
Specifically there are some fun things about this book:
1 Parley likes to say grand comments about how members of the Church are happier than any one else could possibly be. How their sufferings were worse than anyone elses. He also makes bold statements that nowadays would be considered DEEPLY offensive to half the world. We just don't speak like that any more.
At the age of 21 he left his newly wedded wife on a canal boat, in obedience to a prompting, promising to join her in Albany. He walked into the country where he introduced himslef, intending to preach that evening,, when a baptist deacon named Hamblin told of s very strange bo...more
While the book was certainly faith promoting fo...more
I usually get tired of biographies before finishing them. This is probably the first autobiography I've read. Was never interested in reading them before. In an autobiography I was afraid that I would get too much of how the person saw himself and not enough of how everyone else saw him. That is exactly what I got from this book - and I loved it! I have to admit my own bias though. As a member of the Church of Jesus Chri...more
"I love history. I especially love American history and the history surrounding the reformation. One area of history in which I have felt eager to learn more about but haven't done so is the history of the establishment and progress of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I, of course, knew all of the basics, the key players, the major events, but my specific knowledge was lacking. I wanted to learn more about individual personalities and events that can onl...more
The book is hopelessly biased and very selective. Pratt glosses over his own falling out with the Prophet, making it sound like they had only a brief gentlemanly disagreement. I think he only mentions it in one sentence. Come to find out, he was completely against Joseph for a considerable period. The selection b...more
The following line rings very true: . . . the term "Christianity?" If you mean the system taught by Christ and His Apostles, as recorded in the "New Testament".> There are a lot of definitions of Christianity today. If one reads the New Testament and establishes the definition based on what is found there-in, one must admit that members of the Church...more
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 an...more
"But I always loved a book. If I worked hard, a book was in my hand in the morning while others were sitting down to breakfast; the same at noon; if I ha...more