Amazing, Vai! Thank you for introducing us to Frederick Pratt. He seems like a
fascinating individual. And what a great experience for your daughter to talk to
her peers about her beliefs. I really enjoyed this update!
Vai, I love your column and especially this one on the Pratts. What a gem of
history and what a glorious experience for you and your daughter. Thanks for
As a Latter-day Saint with Catholic roots, I appreciate the tone of this column,
treating Mr. Pratt with respect and not making it seem like it's some tragedy
that he and his family are not LDS. I enjoyed this story about a gracious man
with strong faith. Well-done, Vai! And all the best to the Pratt family!
Always enjoy your articles, Vai. Another gem.
Glad to know that there is still some wonderful people that have religious
civility. This is the way it is supposed to be. Thanks Vai, Lana and Mr. Pratt.
Who knows, this may be the start of good things to come.
Vai-you ought to look into Troy Thomas, the very successful young LDS football
coach at Servite HS in Orange County CA-a very traditional Catholic all-boys
Vai! Frederick Pratt most likely is already aware of what Orson Pratt has
documented with regards to this mortal probation (commenting on "The
Pre-Existence" and "Celestial Marriage" in The Seer), but if not,
this incredible collection of information might be "just the right
treasure" for him. (The Seer by Orson Pratt, 1853-1854; Published by Eborn
Books, 2009). This book includes some of the most interesting topics and details
that I have ever read; relating to a better understanding of this life and
necessary experiences. Orson was a special man; a gifted Apostle with a superb
Great story! Many years ago I was asked by my sociology teacher at a high
school in Mexico City to teach them about my LDS faith, and was afforded the
opportunity to give a Book of Mormon to each student. Years after that I
received a phone call from a woman who had been in that class who had
subsequently joined the church, married, and had eight children. She has passed
away now, but I have met some of her children and grandchildren, a great
posterity of latter-day saints. She told me that what she heard that day in the
class sparked a curiosity, and when the missionaries knocked on her door a few
years later in Texas, she let them in and got the rest of the story. Wonderful
that Lana could have that opportunity to share with her classmates...
As always, Vai, you have shared another great story. You, your daughter and
Fredrick Pratt, share a great trait, that of being wonderful examples.
And not a critical thing to say about BYU or Mendenhall this week. Refreshing!
You are a gifted story teller. I enjoyed this one immensely. I am confused
though because I thought you said he took vows to become a Catholic priest but
then later you said he has been married for 5 years. I'm sure I missed
something. Can someone explain it? Thanks.
Collin - men take vows for the Catholic priesthood all the time, but they can
drop out at any time. It sounds like Mr. Pratt had misgivings, for whatever
reason, but he's still committed enough to his faith to teach its theology at
one of their flagship schools in Philly. Philadelphians will tell you Merion
Mercy Academy is a very prestigious school and very competitive and difficult to
get into, so Vai's daughter must be very bright. It's a gorgeous campus in a
hoity-toity part of Philly called the "Main Line." Teachers like Mr.
Pratt are more the norm at MMA than the exception. Adult women I know who are
MMA grads are top notch and much of it has to do with teachers like Mr. Pratt.
Collin-he could also serve as a lay Deacon, where he gives sermons and
distributes the Eucharist but can also be married...just cannot say Mass or
consecrate the Eucharist.And if he was an Episcopal priest who
converts to Catholicism he can still serve as a priest even if he is married...
Wonderful article, Vai. Andy descendant of Parley and Orson is somewhat I enjoy
learning about. Parley is one of my favorite early church leaders. IÂve
read his autobiography (itÂs a page turnerÂ¦after reading this
article, IÂm going to read it again!), and IÂve also done some
independent study of his life. What an amazing guy! So, thanks for this article.
And all the best to your wonderful daughter. Congratulations!
I'm a big fan of Parley P. Pratt, and I loved this updated installment. My first
thought when I finished was, are we not all brothers?
Nice Article, I, too, am related Triple P! I am his great great great grandson!
Lovely article. Would have been nice for Vai to have supplied all known Pratt
facts, however. Eleanor McLean never divorced her husband and ignored child
visitation. Pretty amazing that many early polygamists didn't bother
divorcing; many bigamist marriages also. Her husband was angry because his
children were kidnapped.Check out the church site with all of
PPP's other official (10) wives, children and circumstances. Eleanor is
not listed, because they weren't legally married. I believe they had a