Biographical Review! David W. Patten: Apostle and Martyr — Linda Shelley Whiting

Biography time!

Cover Image and Summary from Image links to amazon page.

Cover Image and Summary from Image links to amazon page.

Title: David W. Patten: Apostle and Martyr

Author: Linda Shelley Whiting

Summary: David W. Patten was one of the most influential and dearly-loved leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in its formative years of 1832-1838. Patten joined the Church in 1832 and was immediately sent on a mission. He soon performed his first priesthood healing, and word quickly spread about his ability to heal the sick. People approached him daily to be healed. Over the next six years he served eight missions, where he blessed thousands of people and baptized hundreds into the Church. Patten was the Captain of the Cavalry of the Mormon Militia at Far West. He led his men in assisting families driven from their homes during the Missouri persecutions, earning the nickname of “Captain Fearnot” among his people. On October 25, 1838, he commanded the Mormon Militia against anti-Mormon forces at the Battle of Crooked River. Patten was mortally wounded during the battle, but his legacy of faith in Jesus Christ lives on.

Pages/Genre: 218 / Biography

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (6/5 stars)

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My Review: I don’t really know how to properly express my love for this book, and for the man who is at the center of it. Almost 12 years in the making, ten years of research and eighteen months of writing culminate into what many (myself included) consider the single best biography of David W. Patten that has ever been written. Easy to read, Sister Whiting wrote with incredible power and authority, and I was never bored.

The writing style was engaging, with easily accessible chapter end notes, and very factually told. It was clearly organized chronologically, and you never get lost amid dates (something I have experienced in other biographies). It is clear that historical accuracy was the single most important thing in the writing of this biography, and that is an admirable feat. I have read far too many biographies where the author is more interested in making the stories sensational and fun, than they are in telling the truth. Luckily for Sister Whiting, David W. Patten’s life needs no exaggeration. He baptised hundreds of people, and healed thousands. The personal accounts contained within this book touched my heart, and warmed my soul.

Content Advisory: True accounts of horrific persecution, abuse, and war. Told factually, but there is still some intense violent content.

To Sum it Up: President Lorenzo Snow commended every person to an honest study of the life of David W. Patten, and Linda Whiting is comprehensive, engaging, and inspirational in her writing of that story. If you have any interest in reading a biography of the first apostolic martyr of this dispensation, THIS is the book you need to read. It was worth every penny I spent on it, and so much more! David W. Patten is truly an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ. I know that he was called of God, and that his work continues to this day.  David W. Patten is my hero. Buy your own copy of this biography HERE.

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