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October Announcement for the Utah Westerners

PARLEY P. PRATT: THE APOSTLE PAUL OF MORMONISM

MATTHEW J. GROW

After Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, Parley P. Pratt was the most influential figure in early Mormon history and culture. Drawing from his recent book, Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism (Oxford University Press, 2011—see review below), co-authored with Terryl Givens, Matthew Grow will speak on Pratt’s life in early Utah Territory, including his leading role in the exploration of southern Utah; his two missions to California and a mission to Chile which helped orient the church towards the Pacific Rim and Latin America; and the dynamics of his large polygamous family.

Matthew J. Grow is Director of Publications at the Church History Department of the LDS Church and a general editor of the Joseph Smith Papers. He was previously an assistant professor of history and director of the Center for Communal Studies at the University of Southern Indiana. The Pratt biography received the Best Book Award from the Mormon History Association. His earlier book, “Liberty to the Downtrodden”: Thomas L. Kane, Romantic Reformer, also received MHA’s Best Book Award as well as the Evans Biography Award from the Mountain West Center at Utah State University. Grow also co-edited with Gregory K. Armstrong and Dennis J. Siler Parley P. Pratt and the Making of Mormonism (The Arthur H. Clark Co., 2011). He has published articles in several scholarly journals on various topics. After graduating from BrighamYoungUniversity, he received a PhD in American History from the University of Notre Dame. 

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