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Hugh Brown Brown 1883-1975

Hugh Brown Brown

Born: October 24, 1883 in Granger, Utah
Died:  December 2, 1975 in Salt Lake City, Utah

Hugh Brown Brown was born October 24, 1883 in Granger, Utah, the son of Homer Manly Brown and Lydia Jane Brown Brown.

Homer Manley Brown is the son of James Stephens Brown and Lydia Jane Tanner Brown. James Stephens Brown is the son of Daniel Brown and Elizabeth Stephens Brown. Daniel Brown is the son of Captain James Brown and Martha Stephens Brown. Lydia Jane Brown is the daughter of James Stephens Brown and Lydia Tanner.

Homer and Lydia Jane's daughter, Sarah Edna Brown married Nathan William Tanner, they had a son, Nathan E. Tanner.

Homer Manley Brown and Lydia Jane Brown Brown

After returning from the British Mission in which he served from 1904 to 1906, he married Zina Young Card, (daughter of Charles Ora Card and  Zina Presendia Young Card, founders of Cardston, Alberta, Canada; and granddaughter of Brigham Young and Zina Diantha Huntington Young) by whom he fathered eight children.

Zina Young Card Brown, Zina Lydia Brown, Hugh B. Brown, Zola Card in 1911
Zina Young Card Brown, Zina Lydia Brown, Zola Brown 1911

He returned to his old Mission field in 1937 and served again, this time as Mission President until 1940. And still the British Mission had not seen the last of Elder Brown as returned again from 1944 until 1946, again as Mission President.

On October 4, 1953, he was called for the first time as a General Authority, serving as an Assistant to the Twelve until April 10, 1958 when he was ordained an Apostle and sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve where he would serve for three and a half years.

With the death of J. Reuben Clark and subsequent call of Henry D. Moyle to be David O. McKay's First Counselor, a vacancy was created in the second Counselor's seat to which Elder Brown was called on October 12, 1961. He served as Second Counselor until President Moyle's death, at which time he was called as First Counselor.

For seven years, President Brown served The Lord, the Church, and President MacKay, with honor and integrity. He was released on the death of David O. McKay, January 18, 1970 and returned to the Quorum of the Twelve. Hugh B. Brown died December 2, 1975 in Salt Lake City at the age of ninety-two.  Death was attributed to natural causes following a long illness. Elder Brown was survived by a son, six daughters, twenty-nine grandchildren, fifty-three great-grandchildren, one brother, and two sisters.

In a special tribute to Elder Brown, his grandson, Dr. Edward Brown Firmage recalls “a man possessed with a profound spirituality based on true humility before God.”
"Hugh Brown Brown lived a life of complete devotion to the Lord. Few men have enjoyed a mortal experience with such single-minded purpose. In younger years, before his call as a General Authority, Church service intervened to prevent Grandfather’s pursuit of other goals. The first of several missions to England deflected a career in agriculture which had been recommended to the young man of twenty by Dr.

John A. Widtsoe. The beginnings of a career in law were delayed by a call from a stake president to begin military training in 1912, preparatory to organizing a squadron of Mormon militia to serve in the Canadian reserves. During his service in World War I, a challenging military career was aborted as Major Brown’s promotion to general officer rank was defeated as the result of religious discrimination, but a surpassingly greater prize was won in the “lesson of the currant bush.” (See New Era, Jan. 1973, p. 14.) A promising career in law was interrupted by several years of selfless service as president of the British Mission beginning in 1937, coordinator of Latter-day Saint servicemen in Europe in World War II (separating President Brown from several of his family during war years in London), followed by a second tour as British Mission president with the war’s conclusion. Following three years as professor of religious instruction at Brigham Young University and a business venture in Canada, Elder Brown was called as an Assistant to the Council of the Twelve Apostles in 1953 and remained in the service of the Lord to the end.

          Said Elder Brown, “I am looking forward to the time when all of us will
          be united on the other side and carry on the great work that we have
          so falteringly tried to do here on earth.” (Ensign, July 1972, p. 86.)

Yet, Grandfather was one of the most intensely human and compassionate leaders of the Church. He is beloved of generations of young people: soldiers, students, young men and women seeking help in time of personal crisis, marriage partners working through problems, and of older Saints experiencing the exquisite pains of enduring to the end. Possessed at once with a sense of humor that refused him permission to take himself too seriously, and a profound spirituality based on true humility before God, he moved thousands with a style of classic oratory that will be sorely missed. Beloved of an extended family that revered him as patriarch and high priest, we benefited beyond expression from counsel during crisis and from blessing and benediction during times of life and death.

Grandfather recorded the event of his birth: “It is alleged that I was born in Granger, Utah, in 1883, on the 24th of October. I was there but do not remember the event. However, my mother was a honest woman and I must take her word.” His father, Homer Manley Brown, had a small farm and an orchard. When Hugh was fourteen his father left the family, taking his oldest son with him, to establish a home and a farm in Spring Coulee, Alberta in western Canada. Hugh was the oldest son left in Salt Lake, and he and his sister and lifelong friend, Lillie, eighteen months his senior, took care of the farm and orchard until two years later when their father sent for his family.

Once there, the six sons and five daughters, along with their father and mother, moved into the two completed rooms of a log house. This was to be the lodging of the Brown family through a fierce winter in which over half the cattle just purchased by Father Brown in eastern Canada would die from lack of food, despite the daily efforts of sixteen-year-old Hugh and his brothers and father to save the herd. Hugh’s uncle, Walter Brown, his wife and six children moved into the two-room cabin to winter with the thirteen members of the family already there.

The family traded their land for a farm in Cardston when Hugh was eighteen. A major reason for the move was to afford an opportunity for the children to attend school. Hugh, however, had to bear a significant part of the responsibility of the farm and was not able to attend school. His formal education had ended in Salt Lake at sixteen and he longed to return to school. During these years as a young farmer in Canada, he became a voracious reader, an infection which was to remain in his system to the end. Of those days, his beloved and indomitable mother, Lydia Jane Brown, without question the dominant influence upon him, said that “the Lord must guide the horses because I can’t otherwise understand how Hugh could plow a straight furrow and still keep his head in a book.”

In 1900, when Hugh was seventeen and living in Cardston, a wedding party was held at his parents’ home. Aunt Zina Card was in attendance with her twelve-year-old daughter, affectionately known as “Little Ziny.” Hugh records: “She was a small girl  with golden curls hanging past her shoulders; I was deeply impressed as she stood shyly by her mother’s side and recited a poem. I turned to my mother and said, ‘Someday I am going to marry that girl.’ ‘Good!’ was her reply. ‘I hope you do.’ I did not say anything to Zina, of course, as we had not met, nor did I mention it to her until five years later at the conclusion of my mission.”

He longed to attend school and prayed that the Lord would open up the way for him to enjoy this privilege. The Lord heard his prayer and with limited financial means he set out for Logan, Utah, to attend the Brigham Young College. His mother had told him to call on Aunt Zina Card to see if he could live at her home, which he did. It had been three years since he had seen young Zina. They did not date but enjoyed a pleasant brother-sister relationship.

With young Franklin S. Harris, later to become president of both Brigham Young University and the Agricultural College at Logan, he approached Dr. John A. Widtsoe for advice on further schooling. Dr. Widtsoe suggested careers in agriculture for both boys. Brother Harris was able successfully to follow this advice, but Hugh was called on a mission to England six months after his arrival in Logan. He crossed the ocean in a cattle boat and landed in Liverpool on November 5, 1904. A few letters were exchanged between young Zina and Hugh during the next two years, but they were quite formal—“Dear Sister Zina …” “Dear Brother Hugh …” with no reference to love or future alliance.

Heber J. Grant, president of the European Mission, assigned Elder Brown to labor in the Norwich Conference, in the university city of Cambridge. Mobs had driven out the last pair of elders and Elder Brown was left without a partner after the first day there. Feeling, he said, the reality of his situation—a young, inexperienced, uneducated cowboy from Canada in Cambridge—and after tracting for several days without any sign of success, he felt a mistake had been made in sending him there. He returned to his lodging thoroughly discouraged. That evening a man called and explained that his and sixteen other families had left the Church of England one week earlier because they no longer believed it was true. All that week they had prayed to the Lord to send them a new pastor. When the man found a tract Elder Brown had left, he felt their prayers were answered. “I have come to ask, Sir,” said the man, “if you will come tomorrow to my home and be our new Pastor.”

Elder Brown accepted, but felt frightened and unprepared. He had never attended a meeting in the mission field. He had had no training. But he had a “deep-seated faith that God would see me through” and immediately began a night and a day of prayer and fasting. When the meeting time finally came, he was, as he says, “frightened to death.” He began the meeting by singing “O My Father,” then had them all kneel together in prayer with him. “As I spoke the name of God, I lost all fear, all worry and all concern and felt sure that He would take over, which He did in a miraculous way.”

Elder Brown explains that he spoke for forty-five minutes, feeling throughout that “the Lord spoke to them through me.” At the close of the meeting those in attendance bore witness that he had shared with them the truth they had been looking for. Within three months, every person he taught there that night was baptized.

One other experience greatly impressed Elder Brown during his mission years. A particular illness struck Elder Brown and even though another year remained of the original call, President Grant suggested an honorable release from the mission to enable Elder Brown to return for medical treatment. He responded by assuring President Grant that a blessing at his hands would ensure that the mission could be completed in good health. The blessing pronounced by President Grant produced an instant healing and the mission was completed without recurrence of the illness. As a result of their associations, Elder Brown came to enjoy a close friendship with and respect for President Heber J. Grant, a relationship that continued throughout their lives.

Upon returning to the United States, Grandfather discovered, not uniquely among returning missionaries, that the girl he loved had become engaged to another boy. He reported this fact to his stake president in Alberta, E. J. Wood, who responded:  Zina Card is a jewel among women. I promise you if you will go to Salt Lake for the April Conference and tell her of your feeling for her, she will break off her engagement and you will be married.” He did as his stake president suggested and though he returned from Conference without a pledge between them, they were married the following year, 1908, by President Joseph F. Smith in the Salt Lake Temple.

Grandfather took his new bride back to Cardston, not without some opposition from Aunt Zina Young Card, who understandably did not like to see her daughter move to a newly colonized area where life was rugged.

By the time Grandfather was called by his stake president in 1912 to go to Calgary and take military training preliminary to organizing a Latter-day Saint contingent for the Canadian reserves, three children—Zina, Zola, and LaJune—had been born. It had been reported in Parliament at Ottawa that the Mormons were disloyal and would not support the motherland if a European war occurred. One of the members of Parliament from Lethbridge, Alberta, responded that the Mormons were loyal but wanted to be led by their own people. President Wood called Grandfather along with four others, William G. Ainscough, Ben H. May, Andrew Woolf, and Clyde Brown, to take the military training necessary to become officers. Hugh trained every week for three years, rising from lieutenant to captain and finally major. The chosen officers organized a squadron in Cardston, the Twenty-third Alberta Rangers, and trained as cavalry at Calgary. With the outbreak of war in 1914, he was asked, along with the other four Mormon officers, to form a squadron for overseas duty. His unit became part of the Thirteenth Overseas Mounted Rifles in 1915 and, after training at Calgary and Medicine Hat, landed in Liverpool in 1916.

While en route to Liverpool, in Petawawa, Canada, a riot broke out among the 1,500 soldiers of the larger contingent within which the Mormon squadron had been placed. The quickly assembled officers recommended immediate use of armed force to quell the meeting. Grandfather argued against this and walked unarmed among the rebellious troops. He spoke with them for almost two hours, standing on a table top taken from a nearby tent. The situation was sufficiently grave that full mutiny could have been attempted and lives lost. However, the troops were finally persuaded to return to their tents and no charges were brought.

At the war’s conclusion Grandfather returned to the study of law, which he had barely commenced as a student at the Law Society of Alberta when war had intervened. He resumed legal studies in the office of Z. W. Jacobs, a Cardston barrister, where he completed the five-year apprenticeship required for admission to the bar. He had purchased a farm near Cardston and worked there early mornings and evenings in order to support his growing family of five children and supplement the $35 monthly salary he received from Jacobs.

After passing the bar examination administered by the University of Alberta, he was admitted to the bar in 1921 and moved to Lethbridge with Zina and the children, Zina Lydia, Zola, LaJune, Mary, and Hugh Card. (Charles Manley, Margaret, and Carol filled out the family in subsequent years.) Within two months of opening his own law office, he was called by Elder Rudger Clawson of the Council of the Twelve as the first president of the Lethbridge Stake, the boundaries of which were the Saskatchewan-Alberta border on the east, the British Columbia-Alberta border on the west, the Lethbridge airport on the south, and the North Pole on the north. To complete a visit to each of the stake’s five wards and seven branches involved traveling approximately 2,000 miles over unimproved roads (there were not even graveled roads at that time). Snow and hail storms often made the traveling hazardous. There were no heaters in those early model T Fords and windshield wipers were hand operated. A sudden summer shower would present quite a problem when those small-sized tires churned the wet soil into a mire and sunk hub-deep.

He left Lethbridge in 1927 to practice law in Logan, Utah, but before he could become established and bring his family from Canada, he was stricken with tic douloureux, a serious and agonizingly painful disease of the nervous system, within one side of his head. This forced a change of plans and Grandfather spent some time at the home of his parents in Salt Lake City, until his wife and family joined him and moved into a spacious home at 1354 Stratford Avenue. He later became a partner in a law firm with J. Reuben Clark, Jr., Albert E. Bowen, and Preston D. Richards.

In 1930, he was called as president of the Granite Stake in Salt Lake City, with Marvin O. Ashton and Stayner Richards as his counselors. Under their direction, the Granite stake house was completed.

After being forced once again to learn the “lesson of the currant bush” in his unsuccessful attempt to win the Democratic Party’s nomination for United States Senator from Utah against William H. King in 1932, Grandfather was called by President Heber J. Grant to preside over the British Mission in 1937.

The five unmarried children finally joined President Brown in London, but were forced to return with most of the missionaries upon the outbreak of World War II in 1939. President Brown and a few elders remained in London until February 1940, when they returned under orders from the First Presidency. Hugh Card, the older of the two sons, had been serving as a missionary in England and Scotland, under the supervision of his father. Because of his deep love of the British people, Hugh C. volunteered and served as a fighter pilot in the American Eagle Squadron of the British Air Corps. He was killed in action doing volunteer submarine reconnaissance over the English Channel on March 16, 1942.

President Brown was asked by the First Presidency shortly after his return to serve as coordinator for all Latter-day Saint servicemen stationed in Europe. There were then nearly 100,000 Mormon men in the armed forces. He spent the war years (1939-45) traveling throughout Great Britain, while that land was transformed into a vast armed camp, preliminary to the Normandy invasion.

The First Presidency called Elder Brown to return to London in 1945, just prior to the war’s end, again to preside over the British Mission. He found that the old mission home at 5 Gordon Square had been destroyed by bombs and moved the mission headquarters to 149 Nightingale Lane, Ravensley, London.

He continued in the dual capacity of mission president and coordinator of Latter-day Saint servicemen until the fall of 1946, when he suffered a crushing attack of tic douloureux. He was released from Church assignment and proceeded to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, New York, where a successful operation was performed which removed a portion of the nerve serving one side of his face and head, resulting in paralysis of the right side of his face.

He taught religion at Brigham Young University from 1946 until 1950, when he became president of an oil development firm in Alberta, Canada. He was able in three years to earn sufficient income to pay off debts incurred during a lifetime of service devoted largely to Church callings.

Though the work in Canada was challenging, it was during this time that Grandfather’s life hit perhaps its lowest ebb. Although his family was in good health, he did not know what the Lord would have for him during the balance of his life:

“In October 1953, I was up in the Canadian Rockies, supervising the drilling of an oil well. Although my family were in good health and good spirits and I was making good money, I was deeply depressed and worried. Early one morning I went up into the mountains and talked with the Lord in prayer. I told Him that although it looked like I was going to become wealthy as a result of my oil ventures, if in His wisdom it would not be good for me or my family I hoped He would put an end to it.

“That night I drove from the camp up at Rocky Mountain House down to Edmonton still spiritually disturbed and depressed. Without having dinner that night, I went into the bedroom by myself, told my wife that she should stay in the other room as I felt I would have a restless night and did not wish to disturb her. All night I wrestled with the evil spirit. I was possessed with the spirit of wishing that I could be rubbed out of existence. I had no thought of suicide, but wished the Lord would provide a way for me to cease to be. The room was full of darkness and an evil spirit prevailed, so real that I was almost consumed by it. About three o’clock in the morning my wife came in, having heard me moving about the room and asked what was the matter. Upon closing the door, she said, ‘Oh Hugh, what is in this room?’ and I replied, ‘It is Satan.’ We spent the balance of the night together, much of it on our knees. The next morning upon going to the office (there was no one there, it being Saturday), I knelt in prayer again and asked for deliverance from this evil spirit. I felt a peaceful spirit come over me and phoned my wife to that effect.

“That night, while I was taking a bath about ten o’clock, the telephone rang and she called me and said, ‘Salt Lake City is calling.’ Upon going to the phone, I heard a voice which said, ‘This is David O. McKay calling. The Lord wants you to spend the balance of your life in the service of the Church. The Council of the Twelve have just voted that you should take the place made vacant by the recent death of Stayner Richards, and you are to become an assistant to the Twelve.’

“Although mother and I had spent a wakeful night the night before, and a terrible night it was, that night we stayed awake as well, rejoicing in the thought that the Lord would reach out so far to touch us in time of need.”

Elder Brown served as an Assistant to the Council of the Twelve until 1958, when he was sustained as a member of that Council. In 1961 he was called by President David O. McKay as a counselor in the First Presidency, serving with Presidents J. Reuben Clark, Jr., and Henry D. Moyle. He was sustained second counselor upon the death of President Clark and as first counselor at the death of President Moyle. He served with President Tanner until the passing of President McKay, in January of 1970, at which time he returned to his beloved Quorum of the Twelve.

During most of his life as farmer, Canadian cowboy (he missed being a Mountie by one-quarter of an inch—he stood 5'11 3/4" and the Northwest Mounted Police then required that an officer stand at least 6'), missionary, soldier, lawyer, professor, businessman and Church leader, Hugh B. Brown had by his side a woman at least as strong, by his own admission more sensitive to the Spirit, and as witty and as devout as he. Church callings demanded that he be away from his family for long periods. Throughout a lifetime of enforced separations, interrupted careers, financial pressures, serious illnesses of parents and children, the death of a beloved firstborn son and namesake to her husband, Zina Young Card, granddaughter of Brigham Young and Zina Diantha Huntington Young and daughter of the founder of Cardston, lived up to her heritage. Sister Brown preceded her husband in death in December 1974. Now, the love affair which began, at least on one side, when she was twelve, continues as they are again united. This most cherished relationship during their last years brought tears of love and veneration to those privileged to witness Grandfather, aided by a cane and perhaps a son, grandson, or great-grandson, return home from a Church assignment in his ninety-first year, approach the house, and gently rap on Zina’s bedroom window, proceed to the front door and exclaim, “Toot, toot! I’m home, Mama. Your sweetheart is home.” Then, as quickly as age and a final debilitating disease would allow, he would go to her bed to kiss and greet his companion of sixty-six years—and eternity."


"We are grateful in the Church and in this great university that the freedom, dignity and integrity of the individual is basic in Church doctrine as well as in democracy. Here we are free to think and express our opinions. Fear will not stifle thought, as is the case in some areas which have not yet emerged from the dark ages. God himself refuses to trammel man's free agency even though its exercise sometimes teaches painful lessons. Both creative science and revealed religion find their fullest and truest expression in the climate of freedom.

I hope that you will develop the questing spirit. Be unafraid of new ideas for they are the stepping stones of progress. You will of course respect the opinions of others but be unafraid to dissent - if you are informed.

Now I have mentioned freedom to express your thoughts, but I caution you that your thoughts and expressions must meet competition in the market place of thought, and in that competition truth will emerge triumphant. Only error needs to fear freedom of expression. Seek truth in all fields, and in that search you will need at least three virtues; courage, zest, and modesty. The ancients put that thought in the form of a prayer. They said, 'From the cowardice that shrinks from new truth, from the laziness that is content with half truth, from the arrogance that thinks it has all truth - O God of truth deliver us'."

Speech at BYU, March 29, 1958

excerpts from "A Final Testimony"
by Hugh B. Brown
from An Abundant Life

"There seems today to be a tendency toward flippant thinking, a lack of thought. There seems to be a tendency to belittle what our fathers and mothers thought because we feel we have made some progress scientifically. We are too ready to conclude that everything from past generations is now folly and that our main duty today, as far as the past is concerned, is to get away from it. There is not enough of the attitude of the sincere investigator among us. When we come into a new field of research that will challenge our due and honest consideration, we should be warned against coming too quickly to a conclusion, of forming a decision too hastily. We should be scientific -- that is, open-minded, approaching new problems without prejudice, deferring a decision until all the facts are in. Some say that the open-minded leave room for doubt. But I believe we should doubt some of the things we hear. Doubt has a place if it can stir in one an interest to go out and find the truth for one's self.

I should like to awaken in everyone a desire to investigate, to make an independent study of religion, and to know for themselves whether or not the teachings of the Mormon church are true. I should like to see everyone prepared to defend the religion of his or her parents, not because it was the religion of our fathers and mothers but because they have found it to be the true religion. If one approaches it with an open mind, with a desire to know the truth, and if one questions with a sincere heart what one hears from time to time, he or she will be on the road to growth and service. There are altogether too many people in the world who are willing to accept as true whatever is printed in a book or delivered from a pulpit. Their faith never goes below the surface soil of authority. I plead with everyone I meet that they may drive their faith down through that soil and get hold of the solid truth, that they may be able to withstand the winds and storm of indecision and of doubt, of opposition and persecution. Then, and only then, will we be able to defend our religion successfully. When I speak of defending our religion, I do not mean such defense as an army makes on the battlefield but the defense of a clean and upright and virtuous life lived in harmony with an intelligent belief and understanding of the gospel.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has this practical view of religion: that religion should help us here and now; that we should not have to wait until after we are dead to get any benefits; that religion as understood and applied makes men and women more successful, happier, more contented, gives them aspiration and hope; that religion is the vitalizing force, religion is that which gives men and women an ideal, an ideal so high that it may be seen from both sides of the valley of life.

The religion of the Latter-day Saints teaches youth that as children of God, they are expected to acquire experience as they go through life and that experience will ripen into knowledge, that knowledge will ripen into wisdom and intelligence, and that their greatness will be in proportion to their intelligence. So the religion of the Latter-day Saints is not just theory from a book or taught in church. The gospel is a plan of which God is the author, a plan of which we are all necessary parts. My religion sweetens my life. My religion, if properly lived, helps me to be a better friend to my associates, a better neighbor, a better citizen, a better father, a better man. If I am sincere in it, my religion forbids me to do to my neighbors what I would not want them to do to me, either in word or act. My religion, in other words, is that which is the greatest part of me.

I have been very grateful that the freedom, dignity, and integrity of the individual are basic in church doctrine. We are free to think and express our opinions in the church. Fear will not stifle thought. God himself refuses to trammel free agency even though its exercise sometimes teaches painful lessons. Both creative science and revealed religion find their fullest and truest expression in the climate of freedom.

As we all proceed to make our individual "declarations of independence," I hope we can distinguish between liberty and license, that we can realize that freedom is only a blessing if it is accompanied by wisdom and intelligence. At the same time, we all need to resist the down-drag of mental laziness which sometimes leads to the premature hardening of the intellectual arteries. And I would especially urge all of us to avoid sluggishness of spirit, which is the worst kind of lethargy. Some people are phlegmatic to a degree that would make a turtle seem intolerably vivacious. I admire men and women who have developed the questing spirit, who are unafraid of new ideas as stepping stones to progress. We should, of course, respect the opinions of others, but we should also be unafraid to dissent -- if we are informed. Thoughts and expressions compete in the marketplace of thought, and in that competition truth emerges triumphant. Only error fears freedom of expression.

Both science and religion beget humility. Scientists and teachers of religion disagree among themselves on theological and other subjects. Even in our own church men and women take issue with one another and contend for their own interpretations. This free exchange of ideas is not to be deplored as long as men and women remain humble and teachable. Neither fear of consequence or any kind of coercion should ever be used to secure uniformity of thought in the church. People should express their problems and opinions and be unafraid to think without fear of ill consequences. We should all be interested in academic research. We must go out on the research front and continue to explore the vast unknown. We should be in the forefront of learning in all fields, for revelation does not come only through the prophet of God nor only directly from heaven in visions or dreams. Revelation may come in the laboratory, out of the test tube, out of the thinking mind and the inquiring soul, out of search and research and prayer and inspiration.

We should be dauntless in our pursuit of truth and resist all demands for unthinking conformity. No one would have us become mere tape recorders of other people's thoughts. We should be modest and teachable and seek to know the truth by study and faith. There have been times when progress was halted by thought control. Tolerance and truth demand that all be heard and that competing ideas be tested against each other so that the best, which might not always be our own, can prevail.

Knowledge is the most complete and dependable when all points of view are heard. We are in a world of restlessness and skepticism, where old things are not only challenged but often disappear, but also a world of miraculous achievement, undreamed of accomplishment, and terrifying power. Science offers wonderful tools for helping to create the brotherhood of humanity on earth, but the cement of brotherhood does not come from any laboratory. It must come from the heart and mind and spirit of men and women.

We should continue to become acquainted with human experience through history and philosophy, science and poetry, art and religion... One of the most important things in the world is freedom of the mind; from this all other freedoms spring. Such freedom is necessarily dangerous, for one cannot think right without running the risk of thinking wrong, but generally more thinking is the antidote for the evils that spring from wrong thinking. More thinking is required, and we should all exercise our God-given right to think and be unafraid to express our opinions, with proper respect for those to whom we talk and proper acknowledgment of our own shortcomings.

We must preserve freedom of the mind in the church and resist all efforts to suppress it. The church is not so much concerned with whether the thoughts of its members are orthodox or heterodox as it is that they shall have thoughts. One may memorize much without learning anything. In this age of speed there seems to be little time for meditation.

And while all members should respect, support, and heed the teachings of the authorities of the church, no one should accept a statement and base his or her testimony upon it, no matter who makes it, until he or she has, under mature examination, found it to be true and worthwhile; then one's logical deductions may be confirmed by the spirit of revelation to his or her spirit, because real conversion must come from within... "


PAF - Archer files - James Brown Sr. + Mary Polly Williams > Daniel Brown + Elizabeth Stephens > James Stephens Brown + Lydia Jane Tanner > Lydia Jane Brown + Homer Manley Brown > Hugh Brown Brown ;

PAF- Archer Files = Benjamin Brown + Sarah Mumford > Homer Brown + Sarah Ann Woolf > Homer Manley Brown.


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... Published March 2009:
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... Published 2012:
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...... Orson Pratt Brown by W. Ayrd Macdonald

- Captain James Brown 1801-1863

...... Wives and 29 / 43 Children Photo Chart
...... Captain James Brown's Letters & Journal
...... Brown Family Memorabilia
...... Mormon Battalion 1846-1847
...... Brown's Fort ~ then Brownsville, Utah
...... Chronology of Captain James Brown

- Phebe Abbott Brown Fife 1831-1915

- Colonel William Nicol Fife - Stepfather 1831-1915


- James Brown of Rowan County, N.C. 1757-1823

- Mary Williams of Rowan County, N.C. 1760-1832

- Stephen Joseph Abbott of, PA 1804-1843

- Abigail Smith of Williamson, N.Y. 1806-1889

- John Fife of Tulliallan, Scotland 1807-1874

- Mary Meek Nicol, Carseridge, Scotland 1809-1850 


- Martha "Mattie" Diana Romney Brown 1870-1943

- Jane "Jennie" Bodily Galbraith Brown 1879-1944

- Elizabeth Graham MacDonald Webb Brown 1874-1904

- Eliza Skousen Brown Abbott Burk 1882-1958

- Angela Maria Gavaldón Brown 1919-1967


- (Martha) Carrie Brown (child) 1888-1890

- (Martha) Orson Pratt Brown, Jr. (child) 1890-1892

- (Martha) Ray Romney Brown 1892-1945

- (Martha) Clyde Romney Brown 1893-1948

- (Martha) Miles Romney Brown 1897-1974

- (Martha) Dewey B. Brown 1898-1954

- (Martha) Vera Brown Foster Liddell Ray 1901-1975

- (Martha) Anthony Morelos Brown 1904-1970

- (Martha) Phoebe Brown Chido Gardiner 1906-1973

- (Martha) Orson Juarez Brown 1908-1981

- (Jane) Ronald Galbraith Brown 1898-1969

- (Jane) Grant "Duke" Galbraith Brown 1899-1992

- (Jane) Martha Elizabeth Brown Leach Moore 1901-1972

- (Jane) Pratt Orson Galbraith Brown 1905-1960

- (Jane) William Galbraith Brown (child) 1905-1912

- (Jane) Thomas Patrick Porfirio Diaz Brown 1907-1978

- (Jane) Emma Jean Galbraith Brown Hamilton 1909-1980

- (Elizabeth) (New born female) Webb 1893-1893

- (Elizabeth) Elizabeth Webb Brown Jones 1895-1982

- (Elizabeth) Marguerite Webb Brown Shill 1897-1991

- (Elizabeth) Donald MacDonald Brown 1902-1971

- (Elizabeth) James Duncan Brown 1904-1943

- (Eliza) Gwen Skousen Brown Erickson Klein 1903-1991

- (Eliza) Anna Skousen Brown Petrie Encke 1905-2001

- (Eliza) Otis Pratt Skousen Brown 1907-1987

- (Eliza) Orson Erastus Skousen Brown (infant) 1909-1910

- (Eliza) Francisco Madera Skousen Brown 1911-1912

- (Eliza) Elizabeth Skousen Brown Howell 1914-1999

- (Angela) Silvestre Gustavo Brown 1919-

- (Angela) Bertha Erma Elizabeth Brown 1922-1979

- (Angela) Pauly Gabaldón Brown 1924-1998

- (Angela) Aaron Aron Saul Brown 1925

- (Angela) Mary Angela Brown Hayden Green 1927

- (Angela) Heber Jedediah Brown (infant) 1936-1936

- (Angela) Martha Gabaldón Brown Gardner 1940


- Stephen Abbott Brown 1851-1853

- Phoebe Adelaide Brown Snyder 1855-1930

- Cynthia Abigail Fife Layton 1867-1943

- (New born female) Fife 1870-1870

- (Toddler female) Fife 1871-1872


- (Martha Stephens) John Martin Brown 1824-1888

(Martha Stephens) Alexander Brown 1826-1910

(Martha Stephens) Jesse Stowell Brown 1828-1905

- (Martha Stephens) Nancy Brown Davis Sanford 1830-1895

(Martha Stephens) Daniel Brown 1832-1864

(Martha Stephens) James Moorhead Brown 1834-1924

(Martha Stephens) William Brown 1836-1904

(Martha Stephens) Benjamin Franklin Brown 1838-1863

(Martha Stephens) Moroni Brown 1838-1916

- (Susan Foutz) Alma Foutz Brown (infant) 1842-1842

- (Esther Jones) August Brown (infant) 1843-1843

- (Esther Jones) Augusta Brown (infant) 1843-1843

- (Esther Jones) Amasa Lyman Brown (infant) 1845-1845

- (Esther Jones) Alice D. Brown Leech 1846-1865

- (Esther Jones) Esther Ellen Brown Dee 1849-1893

- (Sarah Steadwell) James Harvey Brown 1846-1912

- (Mary McRee) George David Black 1841-1913

- (Mary McRee) Mary Eliza Brown Critchlow1847-1903

- (Mary McRee) Margaret Brown 1849-1855

- (Mary McRee) Mary Brown Edwards Leonard 1852-1930

- (Mary McRee) Joseph Smith Brown 1856-1903

- (Mary McRee) Josephine Vilate Brown Newman 1858-1917

- (Phebe Abbott) Stephen Abbott Brown (child) 1851-1853

- (Phebe Abbott) Phoebe Adelaide Brown 1855-1930

- (Cecelia Cornu) Charles David Brown 1856-1926

- (Cecelia Cornu) James Fredrick Brown 1859-1923

- (Lavinia Mitchell) Sarah Brown c. 1857-

- (Lavinia Mitchell) Augustus Hezekiah Brown c. 1859


- (Diane Davis) Sarah Jane Fife White 1855-1932

- (Diane Davis) William Wilson Fife 1857-1897

- (Diane Davis) Diana Fife Farr 1859-1904

- (Diane Davis) John Daniel Fife 1863-1944

- (Diane Davis) Walter Thompson Fife 1866-1827

- (Diane Davis) Agnes Ann "Aggie" Fife 1869-1891

- (Diane Davis ) Emma Fife (child) 1871-1874

- (Diane Davis) Robert Nicol Fife (infant) 1873-1874

- (Diane Davis) Barnard Fife (infant) 1881-1881

- (Cynthia Abbott) Mary Lucina Fife Hutchins 1868-1950

- (Cynthia Abbott) Child Fife (infant) 1869-1869

- (Cynthia Abbott) David Nicol Fife 1871-1924

- (Cynthia Abbott) Joseph Stephen Fife (child) 1873-1878

- (Cynthia Abbott) James Abbott Fife (infant) 1877-1878


- (Diana) Caroline Lambourne 18461979

- (Diana)  Miles Park Romney 1843-1904

- (Jane) Emma Sarah Bodily 1858-1935

- (Jane) William Wilkie Galbraith 1838-1898

- (Elizabeth) Alexander F. Macdonald 1825-1903

- (Elizabeth) Elizabeth Atkinson 1841-1922

- (Eliza) Anne Kirstine Hansen 1845-1916

- (Eliza) James Niels Skousen 1828-1912

- (Angela) Maria Durán de Holguin 1876-1955

- (Angela) José Tomás Gabaldón 1874-1915












Contact Us:
Orson Pratt Brown Family Organization
P.O. Box 980111
Park City, Utah 84098-0111