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The Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt

4.35 of 5 stars 4.35  ·  rating details  ·  1,337 ratings  ·  176 reviews
Completely revised and enhanced edition of a classic LDS biography. Parley P. Pratt was one of the early leaders in the Church and his story is interwoven with that of the early Church.

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

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Leatherbound, 447 pages
Published September 28th 2007 by Deseret Book (first published March 1938)
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Kathryn
Truly an Apostle of Jesus Christ

Parsley P. Pratt was an original and amazing apostle whose life reflected his faith and belief in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He was diligent and steadfast. He worked tirelessly spreading the Word of the Lord enduring unspeakable persecutions and vile and evil acts committed against the Saints of God along the way. He brought many hundreds of souls to the knowledge of Christ and his teachings. He went many times without purse or script across vast distances to pre...more
Tamra
Mar 10, 2009 Tamra rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any Mormon reader
Recommended to Tamra by: my mom
I love history, and I love journals and stuff, so I loved this book. Parley is a character, and his writing is fun. What's not to like?

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.
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Melissa
The reason I liked this particular read was because - he's family. Being exposed to 'Mormonism' from my infancy, one would think I have bias. I acknowledge that I do. Thank you great great great grandpa and uncle, your spouses, and the generations who have come after.

On the brink of 14, I was deeply challenged about my grounding on that before mentioned 'bias'. Years since that time, I have had people challenge my belief system, but I am deeply rooted in Him.

Because of my spiritual relative, P...more
Del Talley
Truly inspirational.
Leta
One day during my scripture study, this title popped into my brain and I felt a strong impression to read it. The impression would not leave me for about two weeks. It was captivating to me from the get go because I was mostly so amazed at how similar Parley's story is to Joseph Smith's. It is faith promoting to say the least. It covers his life in a good detail but mainly his spiritual experiences. He has many visions and was lead in all his doings by God. I loved that. I was especially moved b...more
Danny
All that can be said about this book is 'Amazing!' The main thing I got from a reivew of this disciple's life is that from a very early age he had a desire to live so as to be able to heed the promptings of the Holy Ghost.
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
Scott
Strange as it may sound, this book was a clandestine read that I picked up somewhere along the way during my Mormon mission. Per the letter of the law, we were only supposed to read scriptures and four church-published books from an approved list. Dying for something new to read, I gobbled this one up and found it quite enjoyable. Pratt was a colorful character who was one of the more bombastic and successful missionaries of the early Mormon church.

While the book was certainly faith promoting fo...more
Mario
I loved this book - I reserve my 5s for books I think everyone should read.

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
The Thousander Club
Adam C. Zern opines . . .

"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
John
This book is an interesting look into the life of one of the first apostles of this dispensation, Parley P. Pratt. I enjoyed learning a bit more about the beginnings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as I read. One powerful section of the book that I found particularly interesting described Pratt's calling to be an apostle and the charge given him to go forth and preach the gospel. I also enjoyed reading about the various escapes that Pratt made from enemies of the Church. Pratt...more
Jason
Oct 28, 2007 Jason rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all Mormons
Shelves: churchy-stuff
This has to be one of my favorite Church history books. Parley Pratt is one of the most likable figures from the early days of the Church, and he also happens to be a pretty good writer.

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
Elizabeth
Oct 24, 2008 Elizabeth rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Elizabeth by: James Carroll
This was a great spiritual read to help tide me over until the November Ensign arrives. I love Parley P. Pratt for his hymns, and was pleased to find his prose just as accessible and uplifting. Most of the best parts of the book were not new to me, having been passed out through the years in Sunday School lesson handouts, but there was enough that was new to keep my interest. The revisions and enhancements were very distracting, as they provided extra glimpses into the history and I never wanted...more
Eric
A fascinating look through the eyes of Parley Pratt himself into his own extraordinary life. Having grown up in the Parley's Stake in SLC I always have felt a certain connection with P. Pratt's life and ultimate work - having grown up in the foothills of the valley that bears his name as well. There are many valuable insights that can be gained from this book, two that I remember primarily were 1) Parley after joining the church wound up having to leave his hard established farms several times,...more
Aaron
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, although I got the sense that there was a lot left out. For example, Parley went from being remarried (after his first wife died) to suddenly having multiple wives and many children. The first part of his book reads like a true autobiography, but part way through, we get more and more journal entries and letters, until at the end of the book, every chapter is composed of pages from his journal, letters he wrote home while on his numerous missionary travels, or art...more
Eric
A wonderful insight into the life of an apostle. His personal accounts of his trials and experiences give early church history a personal touch.
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
Kimberly
Parley is an amazing man who lived during an amazing time in the Church's history. He was led by the Spirit to get off a boat before his scheduled spot and was guided to the Book of Mormon. He was baptized, sought out the prophet, became an apostle, went on mission after mission both stateside and internationally to Europe and South America, was driven with the Saints from Ohio, Illinois, and Missouri, was imprisoned with Joseph Smith without a trial, lived through Joseph's martyrdom and went wi...more
Janice
Jun 24, 2008 Janice rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Janice by: people who want to know about early LDS Church members and leade
Shelves: inspirational
I ditto this review by Mr. Stancliffe.

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
Shawnee Sorensen
Loved it! I'm a hugh fan of Parley and I enjoyed reading about his life from his point of view. Some of the stories were really amazing. My favorite must be the one about 'stu boy". Very funny! It's sad his life was shortened and he only lived to 50yrs old. He was such an active person, he would have accomplished so much more had he lived longer. His was truly an exciting life although I can see how he could have been very lonely since he was always leaving his wife(s) and children to preach to...more
Clint
Parley's work is a well written account of his extraordinary life. He was clearly a man of great faith who sacrificed enormously for the cause of truth. This account repeatedly displays his keen mind in defending the truth through various documented discussions and debates that he had with many religious leaders of his day. He provides very interesting insight to what life was like in America during the early part of the nineteenth century. He also provides interesting insights into the lives of...more
Laura
Feb 12, 2009 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone searching for a greater understand of the restoration of the gospel
Recommended to Laura by: Carol Jenson, my mother
Shelves: biography
I listened to this book on CD and really enjoyed it but I have to say if I'd tried to read it I may have gotten bogged down a couple of times; other times were laugh out loud. I learned so much from this book about church history and gained a new perspective for events like the unjust imprisonment in Liberty Jail, the saints being driven from their homes in Missouri and Illinois, the conversion of John Taylor, Parley's own conversion and preparation to receive the gospel, the holy calling of the...more
Marci
Parley P. Pratt thirsted for spiritual truth from the time he was a boy. His life is filled with dedication to the Savior, to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to honor and courage. There are few books I've read in my life that have changed who I am and how I see my world. This is one of those books. My great-great grandfather was David Evans, who was the bishop at Haun's Mill when it was attacked by marauding mobsters holding deep hatred for Mormons. Many of the Saints residing t...more
Peter
Jul 27, 2008 Peter rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Peter by: Found this on my dad's bookshelf and thought it was interesting
Parley P. Pratt was an exceptional man. He had a faithful testimony of the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and served faithfully his whole life until he was murdered in Arkansas. This book shed light on his character and his testimony; it was truly inspiring to read the first-hand accounts of many of the events that I have heard about in the History of the Church. It also covers the time-line of two prophets and the exodus to Utah which helps put his whole life in perspective.

I highly...more
Fred D
Fascinating story of the life of early LDS Church leader Parley P. Pratt. It gave a very interesting account of day-to-day life as a member of the LDS Church in the mid-1800's. For most of his life he walked everywhere he needed to go. He criss-crossed the continent numerous times on foot! Wow. Then it was interesting to see how technology changed as time passed, so that late in his life he was taking the train everywhere. Perhaps the most touching parts for me were the story of his conversion t...more
Bev
Parley P. Pratt's autobiography which he wrote a few years before he died is a riveting amazing history of a remarkable life--one of my favorite books (third reading.) This enhanced version has added journal entries, speeches and songs he wrote--important history of Apostle Pratt--but much is tedious and only of interest to a historian. However, the new information the editors added about his murder is extremely important. Most of the chapter notes and photos I didn't find helpful, most building...more
Molly Ricks
This was an amazing book. Reading a first hand account of the church history that I've heard time and again, this is the first time I feel like I've gained so much insight and feeling into what it was like during the early days of the church. Not to mention everything I learned about Parley P. Pratt. What a life... He is truly an example of dedicating himself to the Lord and what he believes. It also helped me to understand many things about the early church better- like polygamy. It is kind of...more
Etta Mcquade
I have the old edition which was first published in 1938. Although Parley P. Pratt is somewhat wordy, I appreciated what he had to say about his yearning for the truth as a boy, his immediate and complete reading of the Book of Mormon upon receiving it, his seven-month imprisonment for the gospel's sake, his many missions for the Church, and his reaction to the Prophet Joseph Smith's martyrdom. He was the first of the Twelve to return to Nauvoo after the Prophet's death, and it was he who stoppe...more
Marjean
So interesting to read the early church history from a first-hand account. At times his writing style is humorous. He served abroad so often and died so young, it's miraculous that he had so many children. I would have liked more family life information.
Arlene Lauper
I loved reading this autobiography. What an amazing life full of rich church history and unyielding faith. I learned so much more about the severe trials and testing of the early saints' testimonies and their commitment to living the gospel and following the prophet. It was interesting to discover the fate of the men to martyred the Prophet and Hyrum Smith. Also very interesting to read President Pratt's testimony on polyigamy. I have a clearer understanding of its purpose and why so many emrace...more
Robert
I couldn't put this book down for the first half. Very gripping stories about joining the restoration. The second half became quite tedious, filled with day to day travel logs and such. It left me wanting to read a historical biography of Pratt so as to get a complete picture of the man. I related to his upbringing, especially his love of books:

"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
Adam Clark
Amazing story. If you want to get a good idea of what it was like for an early member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons), read this. Parley P. Pratt is an amazing man who lived an extraordinary life. The account he gives of the persecutions in Missouri and his time unlawfully jailed (for 8 months) and his miraculous escape will captivate your heart. The format is a little fractured at time, but he is a great writer and I'm not sure it would be better otherwise. You...more
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Parley Parker Pratt, Sr. (April 12, 1807 – May 13, 1857) was an early leader of the Latter Day Saint movement whose writings became a significant early nineteenth-century exposition of the Latter Day Saint faith.
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