Born: 1 Jan 1846, Nauvoo,
Married: Hannah Phillips
20 Feb 1871, Salt Lake City, Utah
Died: 29 Apr 1910, Spokane, Washington
Father: Parley P. Pratt
Mother: Belinda Marden
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Children with Hannah:|
Mary Hannah Pratt Morris (1871-1949)
Nephi James Pratt (1873-1897)
William Parker Pratt (1876-1946)
Ann Pratt Newton(1878-1917)
Albert Robison Pratt (1880-1942)
Florence Pratt Leaver (1882-?)
Alice Pratt Stevens (1885-1961)
Francis Marion Pratt (1890-1956)
Joseph Fielding Pratt (1892-1914)
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Nephi Pratt was born to his father Parley P. Pratt and mother Belinda Marden Pratt on Feb. 1, 1846, His mother wrote the following, concerning his birth:
On January 1st, 1846 I had a son born who was named Nephi by his father. . . . The persecution of the saints became so great that the authorities of the church and many of the saints had to bid farewell to their homes in February and we crossed the Mississippi River about the 14th of this month. It was extremely cold and my babe only 6 weeks old. I had not recovered my strength but a merciful Providence sustained me and by degrees I gained strength.
Nephi was called to serve a mission in England and Wales under Thomas Grover, (mentioned in D&C 124:132) in 1867. They started out in a group from Salt Lake City on 12 May 1867, when Nephi was 21 years old. Pres. Grover's group of four missionaries also included John S.Lewis, Levi W. Richards, and Willard B. Richards. They crossed the plains with many other European missionaries mostly on foot. On 7 Jun 1867 they were attacked by Indians who killed the night watchman and stole fourhorses. They proceeded with more caution, but lost some oxen to poisonous weeds. They arrived 1 Jul 1867 at Julesburg, Colorado, where the Union Pacific Railroad was operational. From there they traveled by what Elder Grover referred to as the "luxurious comfort of an elegant railway carriage" and finally reached New York City on Sat 6 Jul 1867. Elder Grover also noted that after they spent a few days looking at the sights in the big city, that they "all soon tired of such city life." While in New York, Nephi got to see his uncle Orson Pratt, who was just returning from England, and en route to Salt Lake City. The group then proceeded on to Europe, and arrived in Liverpool, England, on Fri 26 Jul 1867. (taken from "Ancestory and History of Thomas Grover."
Nephi grew up to become a mission president over the Northwestern States Mission from 1902 to 1909. He extended to the mission to include British Columbia, when he opened the "Victoria Conference" on 14 May 1903 (See Robert J. McCue, "The Saints on Vancouver Island," Ensign April, 1976). He also organized the Portland Relief Society in 1903, with 6 members. (See ref
The following biography was published in the Improvement Era in 1910:
Elder Nephi Pratt, for a number of years president of the North western States Mission, and for several years a clerk in the business department of the Improvement Era, died April 22, 1910, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. C. Morris, in Spokane, Washington. He was a son of Parley P. Pratt, one of the founders of the Church, and was born in Nauvoo, Illinois, sixty-five years ago. With his parents he came to Salt Lake in 1849. He filled a mission to England and Wales some thirty years ago, and during his whole life was an energetic and able missionary, a genial companion, faithful and devoted, with a spiritual nature that was an inspiration to all with whom he came in contact. His body was brought to Salt Lake City for burial, and President Joseph F. Smith and leading Church members spoke at the funeral services.
The following testimony of the truthfulness of the LDS Church was published in the Improvement Era in 1912:
N. B. Lundwall, of the Forest Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, Gallatin National Forest, Bozeman, Montana, has forwarded the Era the following testimony of Elder Nephi Pratt, formerly President of the Northwestern States Mission. It was taken upon the phonograph, he says, about a year before Elder Pratt's death, and Mr. Lundwall has a record of it in his home at the present time. Here is the testimony, like a voice from the dead:
"I know that my Redeemer lives. I know that he fought with and conquered death that all men might come forth from their graves and live; and if I shall live to meet him face to face, in the great hereafter, and shall behold him in all his glory, even then I shall not know that he is and that he died that men might live more certainly and more surely than I this day know these eternal truths. I know that Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God; that holy beings from the bosom of eternity appeared unto him. I know that holy messengers from God laid their sacred hands upon his head and gave him authority to preach the Gospel and administer the ordinances thereof. I know that this great Prophet held the keys to bind and seal on earth that which shall be bound and sealed in Heaven, and that by this authority and power family organization may in this world be formed for eternity, so that when a man and his wife and children shall enter through the veil into the eternal world, their union shall remain and shall continue through the endless ages of eternity. These things God has made known to me; and whether come weal or woe, life or death, I testify that these things are true, and that these unspeakable blessings are within the reach of all who will seek after them. This is my testimony before God and his holy angels, and upon its truths I am willing to stand before my Redeemer in the great judgment day."