The Autobiography of Parley Parker Pratt is the posthumous autobiography of Latter Day Saint apostle Parley P. Pratt. It was compiled from Pratt’s writings. The autobiography of Parley Parker Pratt, one of the twelve apostles of the Church of Jesus by Pratt, Parley P. (Parley Parker), Mormon Literature Sampler: Biography. The Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt. A complete version of this work is currently online here.

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I have been visited there by visions of Angels and Spirits, and been delivered by miracles. The extraordinary life of Parley P. Pratt began two centuries ago this month. Nevertheless, Parley obliged his friend, explaining that devotion to the gospel of Jesus Christ had taken him far from his youthful home in New York. Parley concluded that the gospel of Jesus Christ had transformed his own life, and he invited his friend to seek out the Church. Jared was a weaver and farmer who occasionally taught school.

In the generation following the American Revolution, new technology and expanding transportation networks revolutionized the economy, propelling many towards success but consigning others to poverty. Despite their toil, debt hounded Jared and Charity. As a consequence, in they boarded Parley, then 15, and his younger brother Orson, 11, with local farmers as hired help. Parley compensated for a limited formal education through reading. At a young age Parley faced the religious ferment that bewildered Joseph Smith at about the same time.

Jared and Charity did not belong to a church, though they frequently attended various denominations and taught their sons a respect for the Bible and Christian faith.

Parley became a religious seeker, beginning a serious study of the scriptures at age As he grew older, he wondered at the discrepancies between biblical teachings and contemporary churches.

Desiring to follow God, Parley joined a Baptist church at age 18, though he remained dissatisfied. The following year the Pratts lost their farm, prompting Parley to move to frontier Ohio, where he envisioned conducting missionary work among Native Americans.

Parley shared his religious views with her and asked her to marry him. Returning to Ohio, Parley was swept aprley by the religious teachings of Sidney Rigdon, a minister of the Campbellite movement, which sought to restore the practices of New Testament Christianity. Inthen 23, Parley felt a call to abandon his farm and preach the gospel, believing that God would parleey financially for him and Thankful. But Parley followed a prompting to disembark prematurely at Newark, while Thankful traveled on to their final destination.

As a result, Parley was introduced to the Book of Mormon, an experience that forever changed his life. In the Church of Jesus Christ, Parley recognized the authority, simplicity, and purity he had long sought. On September 1,he was baptized by Oliver Cowdery.

Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt

From the moment of his conversion, Parley became a tireless missionary. Over the next four months, Parley and his companions traveled some 1, miles, mostly on ajtobiography, to Missouri, preaching to various tribes. They also stopped in Mentor, Ohio, not far from Kirtland, where Parley taught his former religious mentor, Sidney Rigdon. Kirtland quickly pulsed with religious excitement; within weeks, Rigdon and more than others in the region had converted. The center of Church membership quickly shifted from New York to Ohio.


Inalong with his brother Orson, he received a call as one of the original Twelve Apostles. The following spring, Parley—deeply in debt and with Thankful seriously ill—hesitated about serving another mission. Kimball, a fellow Pragt, blessed Parley with specific promises: Thankful would be healed and would give birth to a son, their first after nine years of marriage, and Parley would fulfill a mission in Canada which would serve as aktobiography stepping-stone for the gospel to be taken to England.

Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt by Parley P. Pratt

In Canada, Parley helped convert several individuals who became some of the first missionaries to England, including John Taylor, later the third President of the Church, and his wife Leonora.

When Parley returned to Kirtland from his Canadian mission, he found himself embroiled in various conflicts that threatened the Church, resulting from a combination of internal divisions, persecution, and a national financial panic.

The crisis jeopardized his faith, leaving him temporarily disillusioned with the Prophet Joseph Smith.

When Missourians forced the Saints from the state in lateParley was arrested with other Church leaders and imprisoned for eight months in Richmond and Columbia, Missouri.

Temporarily detained with President Smith and others in a hotel in Independence on the way to Richmond, he slipped out unnoticed one snowy morning and quickly reached the woods outside the city. His love and respect for the Prophet Joseph also deepened. His brother Orson helped him escape, fittingly, on Independence Day, July 4,from the parly in Columbia, after which they joined the Saints at Nauvoo. The month after his escape, Parley, along with most of the Twelve Apostles, left larley a mission for England.

Though o overestimated his stay, his optimism proved well-founded. During the mission of Parley and the other Apostles, missionary work in England exploded, autobilgraphy shiploads of emigrants were soon headed for Nauvoo.

In his missionary labors throughout his life, Parley turned instinctively to writing and publishing. During his era the availability of cheap pamphlets and newspapers pzrley increased, and opponents of the Church used the printed word to condemn the Saints and misrepresent their beliefs.

Parley also understood the power of print and used publishing to advance the cause of the gospel, printing and distributing pamphlets by the thousands. He was blessed with a poetic mind, a romantic spirit, and an engaging style, and his voluminous writings ensured that the Latter-day Saint message received an eloquent defense. Parley was comfortable with various parlry genres and wrote poetry, fiction, hymns, short essays, and expansive books.

Three of his hymns appeared in the first Latter-day Saint hymnal in In England he received an assignment to publish a new hymnal.

In Parley penned A Voice of Warning —after the scriptures probably one of the most widely read works among Church members for the next half century. Instrumental in the conversion of thousands, A Voice of Warning clearly laid out Latter-day Saint doctrines.

In a more personal vein, his lively autobiography, written soon before his death but published thereafter, captures the spirit and excitement of the early decades of the Restoration.


In June Parley learned of the assassination of his beloved Prophet. Parley opposed attempts by his former teacher, Sidney Rigdon, to reorganize Church leadership in the absence of the Twelve Apostles.

This helped ensure that Brigham Young, not Rigdon, would become the next leader of the Church. In Paeley Parley and his family were part of the forced exodus from Illinois. Like so many other Saints, he spent his last minutes in Nauvoo traveling down Parley Street pratt ferrying his family across the Mississippi River. Parley provided autoboigraphy leadership in the trek to the Salt Lake Valley and in the early exploration of Utah.

During the winter of —50, he led a man expedition to investigate possible settlement sites and natural resources in southern Utah. Unfortunately, civil unrest, restrictive laws against non-Catholic religions, struggles with the language, the death of an infant son, and lack of adequate funds cut short this early effort.

Parley continued to study Spanish, however, and envisioned a day when the Church would sweep Latin America. While on his mission, Parley sensed his approaching pdatt. As he lay dying, Parley testified to those who had come to help: Elder Pratt and his wife Belinda B. In September Parley P.

Pratt first encountered the Book of Mormon. I knew and comprehended that the book was true. Go into the Wilderness, by Robert Barrett. In Parley P. Pratt and his brother Orson were ordained members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Joseph Smith Ordaining Parley P. Pratt as an Apostle, by Walter Rane. In November the Prophet rebuked the guards at the Richmond Jail. The autoviography ceased prath blasphemous talk and begged his pardon.

Silence, Ye Fiends, by Susan Comish. Elder Orson Pratt, From the moment of his conversion, Parley P.

Mormon Literature Sampler: Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt

Pratt became a tireless missionary. Just a few weeks after his own baptismhe baptized his younger brother Orson. Eventually their two older brothers, Anson and William, were also baptized. Robinson were taken prisoner by Missouri militiamen. Cold Missouri Night, by Joseph Brickey. From toElder Pratt served a mission in England with other Apostles. They baptized thousands, and shiploads of emigrants were soon headed for Nauvoo. Embarkation of the Saints at Liverpool, by Ken Baxter.

He served as its editor until his return to the United States. Parley and his family were among those who left Nauvoo in frigid weather in February Elder Pratt was murdered in May while serving a mission in the eastern states. He is buried at Fine Springs, Arkansas. Elder John Taylor, While serving a mission in Canada inElder Pratt helped convert several individuals who became some of the first missionaries to England, including John Taylor, who later became the third President of the Church.

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