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Elder Rey L. Pratt was born 11 October 1878 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah to Helaman Pratt (1846-1909) and Emaline Victoria Billingsley (1852-1910) and died 14 April 1931 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah of unspecified causes. He married Mary Stark (1882-1967) 8 August 1900 .

President of the LDS Church Mexican Mission during the Mexican Civil War. Later member of the LDS Church Council of Seventy.

Biography

Rey married Mary (called May) Stark on August 8, 1900. Their marriage was blessed by fourteen children, three of whom the Ancestral File indicates are still (2000 AD) alive The young couple settled on a ranch outside Dublán, isolated from the bustle of an industrializing world. They lived in a log house under a big oak tree, cooked over a fireplace, raised beef and dairy cattle, hunted deer and turkeys, and rode their ponies over the range together. At the time of the mission call, they were making plans to expand their herd and install an electric generator. For years they had dreamed of returning to that idyllic setting when the mission was over, but that time never came.

He was called on a Mission to Mexico in 1906, and in September, 1907, he became president of the Mexican Mission. Elder Pratt spoke in the October 1913 general conference, and said this of revolution-ridden Mexico showing at once the spirit in which he led the Mexican Mission through its most critical quarter century and why his name is still linked inseparably to the success of the Church in Latin America.

By 1921 the civil war was effectively over and the time was ripe to reopen the mission in the South. The first of March saw Pratt, a pair of elders, and Church Historian Andrew Jenson on a train headed toward Mexico City. Again they reported much evidence of the war along the route, and some towns in ruins.

Pratt's year-old daughter Mary came down with a severe case of smallpox in 1909, but survived. His son, Carl Lee, survived scarlet fever in 1911, but died of "intestinal infection" in 1925 when attending school in Mexico City. Others had cases, some serious, of malaria, pneumonia, and influenza. Pratt himself nearly died of typhoid in 1909, and was incapacitated for several months. The next year he was down with appendicitis, then in 1913 with influenza.

On January 29, 1925 he was ordained a Seventy and set apart to the First Council of Seventy. He died while still acting in that capacity April 14, 1931, in a Salt Lake hospital, following an operation.



Children



Offspring of Elder Rey L. Pratt and Mary Stark (1882-1967)
Name Birth Death Joined with
John Rolfe Pratt (1904-1957)
Carl Lee Pratt (1906-1925)
Mary Pratt (1908-1989)
Melba Pratt (1910-1984)
William Trucy Pratt (1912-1995)
Emaline Pratt (1914-2003)
Beth Pratt (1915-1969)
Rey Lucero Pratt (1917-1990)
Helaman Pratt (1919-1961)
Betty Pratt (1922-1985)
Samuel Orson Pratt (1925-1985)










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