Parley P. Pratt was one of the original members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As the video describes, Parley felt prompted to leave his farm and his belongings to preach the gospel. On his journey in 1830, he came across a copy of the Book of Mormon, which had just been published a couple months earlier. “I read all day; eating was a burden, I had no desire for food; sleep was a burden when the night came, for I preferred reading to sleep."
He later recalled:
After recognizing the authenticity of the Book of Mormon, the restored priesthood authority, and the truthfulness of the Restoration, Parley P. Pratt was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ on September 1, 1830 by Oliver Cowdery. Parley baptized his younger brother, Orson Pratt, just a couple weeks later on September 19. Orson also served in the original Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
Together the Pratt brothers became two of the most prolific writers in the early Mormon Church, publishing dozens of books, pamphlets and tracts. They served numerous missions in the United States, in Europe, and even in South America.
Parley P. Pratt was murdered in 1857 at the age of 50 and Orson Pratt died in 1881 at the age of 70.
Have you ever read a book that you preferred to food and sleep?
“I read all day; eating was a burden, I had no desire for food; sleep was a burden when the night came, for I preferred reading to sleep."