Matthew B. Brown

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Matthew B. Brown
Born 1964
Portland, Oregon
Died October 5, 2011(2011-10-05)
Occupation author, historian
Alma mater BYU
Genre LDS history, Temple theology
Spouse Jamie Brown

Matthew B. Brown (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.

Biographical background[edit]

Brown was born in Portland, Oregon and lived in Alabama, Kansas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Florida, and Utah.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

Brown died October 5, 2011, after suffering heart failure and a subsequent coma. He was survived by his wife, Jamie.[1]

Publishing, lectures, and research[edit]

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 (

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 (

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.

Published works[edit]

  • 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
  • Exploring the Connection Between Mormons and Masons - provided images, conducted interviews, credited as a producer (2009 - Covenant Communications / Mirror Films)
Papers and articles


  1. ^ Haymond, Bryce (October 5, 2011), "Matthew B. Brown passed away", (blog) 


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