Matthew B. Brown
|Matthew B. Brown|
|Died||October 5, 2011
|Genres||LDS history, Temple theology|
Matthew B. Brown (born 1964 - October 5, 2011) was a Latter-day Saint (Mormon) author and historian whose emphasis was on the history and doctrine of Joseph Smith and his successors through Brigham Young.
Brown was born in Portland, Oregon and lived in Alabama, Kansas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Florida, and Utah. He served as a full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) in Spokane, Washington. After working in the field of elevator construction, maintenance, and repair he earned a B.A. in History from Brigham Young University and began to work as a book writer and manuscript evaluator.
Brown died October 5, 2011, after suffering heart failure and a subsequent coma. He was survived by his wife, Jamie.
Publishing, lectures, and research
Brown authored several non-fiction books, as well as a few research-based articles for the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies and the FARMS Review—both of which are publications of the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS) within the Neal A. Maxwell Institute of Religious Scholarship at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He acted as the compiler and editor of the journal for the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research from January to September 2010 and began acting in the same capacities for the EXPOUND newsletter beginning in January 2011 (expoundlds.com).
Brown gave lectures for the Joseph Smith Jr. Family Organization, the BYU Mormon Media symposium, the BYU Studies 50th anniversary conference, the Students of the Ancient Near East association at BYU, the religion faculty at the University of Utah's LDS Institute, the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, the Foundation for Apologetic Information & Research, and the annual EXPOUND symposium (expoundlds.com).
Brown's research interests included early Mormon history, doctrinal issues of the LDS Church, architectural and iconic symbolism and also the initiation rituals of the ancient Hebrews, the Early Christians, Medieval monks, and Medieval kings.
- Symbols in Stone: Symbolism on the Early Temples of the Restoration (1997 - Covenant Communications)
- The Gate of Heaven: Insights on the Doctrines and Symbols of the Temple (1999 - Covenant Communications)
- All Things Restored: Evidences and Witnesses of the Restoration (2000 - Covenant Communications)
- The Plan of Salvation: Doctrinal Notes and Commentary (2002 - Covenant Communications)
- Plates of Gold: The Book of Mormon Comes Forth (2003 - Covenant Communications)
- Joseph Smith: The Man, The Mission, The Message (2004 - Covenant Communications)
- Receiving Gifts of the Spirit (2005 - Covenant Communications)
- Prophecies: Signs of the Times, Second Coming, Millennium (2006 - Covenant Communications)
- A Pillar of Light: The History and Message of the First Vision (2009 - Covenant Communications)
- Exploring the Connection Between Mormons and Masons (2009 - Covenant Communications)
- Book notices
- Pillar of Light, FARMS Review
- Joseph Smith, BYU Magazine
- Plates of Gold, BYU Magazine (also mentions Symbols, Gate, and Plan)
- All Things Restored, BYU Magazine
- Exploring the Connection Between Mormons and Masons - provided images, conducted interviews, credited as a producer (2009 - Covenant Communications / Mirror Films)
- Papers and articles
- Brown, Matthew B. (1997). "Girded about with a Lambskin". Journal of Book of Mormon Studies (Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies) 6 (2): 124–151. Retrieved 2008-06-24.
- —— (1998). "Of Your Own Selves Shall Men Arise". FARMS Review of Books (Provo, Utah: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies) 10 (1): 97–131. Retrieved 2008-06-24.
- —— (2004), "Historical or Hysterical? Anti-Mormons and Documentary Sources", FAIR Conference (Foundation for Apologetic Information & Research), retrieved 2008-06-24
- —— (2006), "Revised or Unaltered? Joseph Smith's Foundational Stories", FAIR Conference (Foundation for Apologetic Information & Research), retrieved 2008-06-24
- —— (2008), "The Israelite Temple and the Early Christians", FAIR Conference (Foundation for Apologetic Information & Research), retrieved 2009-11-08
- —— (2009), "Ancient Temple Patterns in D&C 124", new book appendix (Symbols in Stone) (Covenant Communications), retrieved 2009-11-08
- —— (2009), "Brigham Young's Teachings on Adam", FAIR Conference (Foundation for Apologetic Information & Research), retrieved 2010-09-25
- —— (2010), "Luke 13:23-30 and the Israelite Temple", BYU Studies symposium paper (BYU Studies), retrieved 2011-02-18
- —— (2011), "Cube, Gate, and Measuring Tools: A Biblical Pattern", Expound Symposium paper (Expound), retrieved 2011-05-29
- "Mormons, Masons and Myths," Deseret News (19 May 2010)
- "New book examines common ground between Mormons and Masons ," Provo, Utah Daily Herald, (31 October 2009)
- "People of Faith with Carole Mikita for Sunday, October 25, 2009", KSL Newsradio, Salt Lake City, Utah (Sunday, 25 October 2009)
- Haymond, Bryce (October 5, 2011), "Matthew B. Brown passed away", TempleStudy.com (blog)
- Lloyd, R. Scott (August 16, 2008), "Helping Those with Flagging Faith", Church News, retrieved 2012-12-12
- De Groote, Michael (August 9, 2008), "Early Christian rituals came from temple", Deseret News, retrieved 2012-12-12
- Books by Matthew B. Brown listed at DeseretBook.com
- Video of 2004 FAIR Conference address: Historical or Hysterical? Anti-Mormons and Documentary Sources
- Works by or about Matthew B. Brown in libraries (WorldCat catalog)