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Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism

Terryl L. Givens and Matthew J. Grow


In 1853, Parley P. Pratt mused that his personal history would be “far more strange” than “the thousand volumes of Modern Fiction.” He wrote, “I have been a farmer, a servant, a fisher, a digger, a beggar, a preacher, an author, an editor, a senator, a traveler, a merchant, an elder and an Apostle of Jesus Christ.” Pratt’s literary instincts were correct; the narrative of his life could have formed the basis of a gripping novel. After Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, no other figure so powerfully shaped early Mormon history, culture, and theology. Pratt’s life was not only foundational to early ... More

Keywords: Parley P. Pratt, Mormonism, Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, theology, Utah, American West, Paul

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195375732
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195375732.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Terryl L. Givens, author
University of Richmond

Matthew J. Grow, author
University of Southern Indiana