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Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism. By Terryl L. Givens and Matthew J. New York: Oxford University Press, Forsberg, Jr. Aletheia University.
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Although the material is appropriately set within the context of overall themes and events, the book is not recommended for readers under the age of Givens and Grow largely achieve their objectives in this meticulously researched biography. Kurt Manwaring is pursuing a graduate degree in public administration at the University of Utah. Deseret News Church News Subscribe. Jared Pratt moved from place to place as a landless itinerant laborer whose "means to educate his children were very limited," although they did have access to what Parley later termed an "excellent system of common school education.
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Parley compensated for the deficiencies in his formal education through an early and avid appetite for reading: "I always loved a book;. From this literary self-education, Pratt derived a broad and ready general knowledge and an uncommon facility in writing and public speaking. Following his conversion to the Latter-day Saint faith characteristically, through reading the Book of Mormon , Pratt devoted the remainder of his life to Church service.
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Although he was frequently absent from Church headquarters on numerous missions in the United States, Canada, Britain, and Chile, he still managed to play a prominent role in many of the key events of early Latter-day Saint history: the establishment of a body of Church members in the neighborhood of Kirtland, Ohio, in ; the settlement of Jackson County, Missouri, in , and the forced expulsion the following year; the Zion's Camp relief expedition; the crisis attending the collapse of the Kirtland real-estate bubble and the failure of the Kirtland Safety Society in ; the Missouri troubles of —39 as a consequence of which Pratt was imprisoned for eight months, a longer period than any other Church leader ; the leadership crisis following the assassination of Joseph Smith in ; the expulsion from Nauvoo in ; and the westward migration to the Great Salt Lake Valley in Most importantly, Pratt's active pen generated a series of books and pamphlets that included the first and most influential systematic statement of Latter-day Saint beliefs A Voice of Warning , , the defining Mormon persecution narrative History of the Late Persecution Inflicted by the State of Missouri upon the Mormons , , and the foremost nineteenth-century theological treatise Key to the Science of Theology ,