"One of the first converts to the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints, Parley Parker Pratt (1807-57) would
eventually become early Mormonism's most famous and widely published
"Born in western New York, Pratt converted to
Mormonism in late 1830 and was called to the Quorum of Twelve Apostles
five years later as one of its founding members. Strong-willed and largely
self-educated, he served several missions for the young church,
participated in Zion's Camp sent to rescue the Saints in Missouri from
persecutors, quarreled with Mormon prophet Joseph Smith over finances and
narrowly escaped excommunication, founded the Latter-day Saints'
Millennial Star in England, married several plural wives in Nauvoo,
Illinois, immigrated to the Great Salt Lake Valley, and filled additional
overseas missions for the church.
"Best known for his fiery apologetic writings such
as A Voice of Warning (1837), Key to the Science of Theology
(1855), and his autobiography (published posthumously in 1874), Pratt
virtually defined Mormon doctrine and theology for much of the nineteenth
century. He was killed in 1857 in Arkansas by the estranged husband of a
woman he had married." (From inside jacket.)
Table of Contents
Foreword by Peter L. Crawley
- "The Kingdom of God"
- Mormonism Unveiled: Zion's Watchman Unmasked, and
Its Editor, Mr. L. R. Sunderland , Exposed; Truth Vindicated; The
Devil Mad, and Priestcraft in Danger!
- "The Regeneration and Eternal Duration of
- "An Address by Judge Higbee and Parley P. Pratt,
Ministers of the Gospel, of the Church of Jesus Christ of 'Latter-day
Saints,' to the Citizens of Washington and to the Public in
- Plain Facts, Showing the Falsehood and Folly of
the Rev. C. S. Bush, (a Church Minister of the Parish of Power,) Being
a Reply to His Tract Against the Latter-day Saints
- An Epistle of Demetrius, Junior, the Silversmith,
To the workman of like occupation, and all others whom it may concern,
--Greeting: Showing the Best Way to Preserve Our Craft, and to Put
Down the Latter Day Saints
- A Letter to the Queen of England, Touching the
Signs of the Times, and the Political Destiny of the World
- "The Fountain of Knowledge"
- "Immortality and Eternal Life of the Material
- "Intelligence and Affection"
- A Dialogue Between Joe. Smith & the Devil!
- "One Hundred Years Hence. 1945"
- An Apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints, was in the Island of Great Britain, for the
Gospel's Sake; And being in the Spirit on the 21st of November, A.D.
1846, addressed the following words of comfort to his dearly-beloved
Wife and family, dwelling in tents, in the camp of Israel, at Council
Bluffs, Missouri Territory, North America; where they and twenty
thousand others were banished by the civilized Christians of the
United States, for the Word of God, and the testimony of Jesus
- Proclamation! To the People of the Coasts and
Islands of the Pacific; of Every Nation, Kindred and Tongue
- "Mormonism!" "Plurality of
Wives!" An Especial Chapter, for the Especial Edification of
certain inquisitive News Editor, Etc.
- Spiritual Communication. A Sermon Delivered by
Elder P. P. Pratt, Senr, Before the Conference at Salt Lake City,
April 7, 1853
- "Keys of the Mysteries of the Godhead"
- "Origins of the Universe"
- "Destiny of the Universe"
- The Autobiography of Parley Parker Pratt, One of
the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints, Embracing His Life, Ministry and Travels, with Extracts, in
Prose and Verse, from His Miscellaneous Writings. Edited by His Son,
Parley P. Pratt