Monte J. Brough
to Computerized Genealogy and Family History
and a Member and Supporter of the Brough Family Organization
Monte James Brough (1939-2011) was a major
contributor to computerized genealogy and family history and one of the
most visible members and supporters of the Brough Family Organization.
He was the great-grandson of Mormon pioneers, Samuel
Brough and Elizabeth Bott.
As a General Authority of the LDS Church,
Monte J. Brough served as Assistant Director of the Family History Department
from 1989 to 1992 (1)
and then as Executive Director of the Family History Department (and President
of the Genealogical Society of Utah) from 1993 to 1998. (3)
(8) During this time, Monte conceived of an Internet genealogy service
which he proposed to LDS Church leaders. (9)
His ideas eventually developed into what today is known as FamilySearch.org
(10) (11) --which was first
released to the online public in 1999. (12)
Because of his interest in family history, Monte served as a genealogical
consultant to the Brough Family Organization (BFO) (13)
from 1990 to 1998
(14), and participated in Brough Family Reunions (15)
whenever possible--including serving as the keynote speaker at the International
Brough Reunion in Kaysville, Utah, on August 6, 2005.
In appreciation of his significant contributions
and service to computerized genealogy and family history and because of
his support of the Brough Family Organization, biographical information
about Monte J. Brough is listed below.
History of Monte J. Brough, Deseret
News, September 23, 2011:
Elder Monte James Brough, a Utah
businessman and emeritus general authority for The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, in Kaysville. He was 72
Elder Brough was called to the First Quorum
of the Seventy at the October 1988 general conference. When the Second
Quorum of the Seventy was established the following April, he was sustained
as a member of that quorum. In the April 1991 conference, Elder Brough
was again sustained to the First Quorum of the Seventy.
He also served in the Presidency of the
Seventy from August 1993 through August 1998. He was named emeritus general
authority on Oct. 6, 2007.
In his general authority service, he was
a counselor in the Utah Central Area, a counselor, then president of the
Asia Area, president of the North America Southeast Area and a counselor
in the North America Central, Utah North, then the Utah South areas.
He was born on June 11, 1939, in Randolph, Rich
County, to Richard Muir Brough and Gwendolyn Kearl Brough. His father
died early in 1941 and his mother, scrambling to find a job in an area
still recovering from the Depression, won an election for Rich County
treasurer in order to support her family. She held that office for 22
He overcame some birth defects aggravated
by a childhood injury to make his high school basketball team as a junior
and was on the starting five as a senior.
In 1959, he accepted a mission call to the
British Isles, where he also was a special counselor in the mission presidency.
"My mission was the fulcrum event in
my life," Elder Brough told the Church News after his call as a general
authority. "At the end of my mission experience, I knew that, with
God's help, there is nothing on this earth I cannot do, I believe that
(philosophy) works in business, I believe that it works in raising children,
and, certainly, it works in the church."
After returning from his mission, he secured
employment in the computer department of an aerospace contractor. On Aug.
30, 1962, he married Lanette Barker in the Idaho Falls Temple. They had
three sons and four daughters.
He graduated from the University of Utah
in 1965 with a degree in mathematics and later earned a Ph.D. from the
U. in business administration.
Elder Brough also was an IBM systems engineer
and founded a multinational computer services company from which he retired
prior to being called as president of the Minnesota Minneapolis Mission.
He also directed business operations in
computer services, wholesale distribution, real estate, ranching and investments.
He was a director for companies in Canada and the United States. At the
time of his call to be a general authority, he was teaching a business
strategy course at Brigham Young University.
Elder Brough was the founding president
of the United Way of Davis County and served on the Farmington City Council.
He also served in various Scouting and community organizations where has
In the church he served as bishop, [...]regional
representative, member of the Young Men general board, second counselor
in the Young Men general presidency and assistant executive director of
the Family History Department. He spoke five times in general conference.
In his last address, given at the priesthood session of the October 2003
conference, he told young priesthood holders to rise to the challenge
of their quorum responsibilities.
He is survived by his wife and seven children,
23 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Sept.
26, at 11 a.m. at the Kaysville Utah West Stake Center, 270 W. Burton
Lane, Kaysville. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions
to the LDS Church's General Missionary Fund.
Eulogy of Monte J. Brough, Deseret
News, September 30, 2011:
Born in the rural town of Randolph,
Utah, with a childhood and youth spent riding horses and playing in the
school marching band, Elder Monte J. Brough would grow to found a highly
successful computer services company and ultimately become a General Authority
of the Church, what President Thomas S. Monson called "a man for
President Monson made that characterization
Sept. 26 in his address at the funeral of Elder Brough, who died Sept.
20. An emeritus General Authority since 2007 and a former member of the
Presidency of the Seventy, Elder Brough was 72.
Speaking at the service in the Kaysville
Utah West Stake Center, President Monson shared a letter he had written
to Elder Brough's wife, Sister Lanette Brough, and their family, on behalf
of the First Presidency.
"Elder Brough's life was a model of
diligence and hard work," the letter read. "His example of devotion
as husband, father, grandfather and stalwart servant of the Lord influenced
the lives of loved ones and all with whom he came in contact. We are confident
that your family members will take comfort in the quality of his life
and the memories you share of his abiding love for his family, his humor,
his lifelong efforts to accomplish his dreams, his testimony of the gospel."
The letter made reference to Elder Brough's
service to the Church as a missionary, bishop, regional representative,
member of the Young Men General Board, president of the Minnesota Minneapolis
Mission "and the numerous assignments he willingly fulfilled as a
member of the First and Second Quorums of the Seventy."
An emeritus General Authority, Elder Brough
had been a member of the Presidency of the Seventy.In remarks prior to
reading the letter, President Monson said of Elder Brough, "You could
put him with anyone, and that partner would become a better partner. You
could put him anywhere in the world and that part of the world would be
ready for harvest, because he knew how to build the kingdom of God in
mortality. He's not only one in a million, he's one in your heart, and
I thank God for him."
During his service as General Authority,
Elder Brough was president of the Asia Area and North America Southeast
Area of the Church.
A eulogy was given by Val Hanney, a half-brother
to Elder Brough (Monte's father, Richard Muir Brough, died shortly after
the births of Monte and his younger brother, Max, and their mother remarried).
He recounted that while Elder Brough was executive director of the Family
History Department, one of his assignments as a General Authority, he
conceived of an Internet genealogy service. The Internet was new then,
and Elder Brough had to explain it in terms the Brethren could understand.
The idea Elder Brough had was developed into what today is FamilySearch.org,
which has blessed millions of people.
Eldest grandchild Whitney Brough Smith read
a letter from her younger brother, Mallin, currently serving a mission
in Uganada, written to Elder Brough two months before his death. The letter
alluded to the affliction that beset Elder Brough in his latter years.
"I remember the many times you expressed to me that you wish I could
have seen the man you once were," it read. "I want you to know,
Grandpa, that I have seen, maybe not in the way you would want. The man
you are and were is apparent all around this world. I have now had two
General Authorities shake my hand while on this mission, look into my
eyes and say, 'It is a pleasure to meet the grandson of Elder Brough.'
Each of the seven Brough children, now grown
with families of their own, gave a brief tribute to their father.
Youngest daughter Kami Kilgore said she
was recently feeling discouraged about her pregnancy. Her father told
her, "Oh, Kami, I wish there were an easier way to get them here,"
then said tearfully, "This is the greatest thing you could do. The
work your mother has done is far greater than anything I've ever accomplished."
Eldest son Joe, who presides over the Guatemala
Guatemala City Mission, wrote this in a letter read at the funeral: "Dad,
you always found time for each member of your family, especially the children.
While doing this, you were still able to place the Lord first."
One of the speakers was Max Brough, Elder
Brough's younger brother by 13 months, who currently presides over the
Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple. As boys close in age, he said, they shared
a bedroom growing up. Some people know their hometown of Randolph, he
said, only because it is frequently on the weather reports as the coldest
spot in Utah.
"But I learned early to say my prayers
before I went to bed," he said, "because he would come home,
wake me up, and ask, 'Did you say your prayers?' If I hadn't, he'd get
me out of bed in the cold, and we'd kneel down and say our prayers together."
The two developed the nickname "Brow"
or "Browser" for each other, derived from the way professors
at the University of Utah would mispronounce their last name, which is
correctly pronounced "Bruff." President Brough said that in
recent weeks he would call his brother every three or four days. Elder
Brough's affliction got to the state that he was unable to make his speech
understood on the telephone. At one point, Monte told Max, "Don't
hang up, Brow. Even if we don't talk to each other, the fact that I know
you're on the other end of this line makes me feel better."
Obituary of Monte J. Brough, Deseret
News, September 22-23, 2011:
Monte J. Brough, beloved husband, brother,
father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully on Tuesday,
September 20, 2011. Monte was born June 11, 1939 in Randolph, Utah to
Richard Muir and Gwendolyn Kearl Brough. Monte married his eternal companion,
Lanette Barker, on August 30, 1962 in the Idaho Falls Temple.
Monte's life was one of willing, faithful,
and dedicated service. His genuine kindness and his entertaining sense
of humor endeared him to all who knew him. His family was his pride and
joy, and he found great happiness spending time with and supporting them.
He loved hunting with his sons and traveling with his daughters.
Monte served as a missionary in the British
Isles from 1959 to 1961. Upon his return, he earned a degree in mathematics
and later a Masters Degree and Ph.D. in Business Administration from the
University of Utah. He worked with computers and in management and eventually
founded his own computer services company. He was the founding president
of the United Way of Davis County.
Monte served in many Church leadership positions.
From 1978 to 1981, he presided over the Minnesota Minneapolis Mission
and had great love and gratitude for each of his missionaries. Monte was
called to serve as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy in 1988.
He served in the Presidency of that quorum from 1993-1998. He was the
executive director of the Family History Department. During part of his
time as general authority, he served as president of the Asia Area and
North America Southeast Area. He was named General Authority Emeritus
October 2007. He willingly dedicated his life to sharing the gospel and
testifying of the Savior, Jesus Christ.
Monte is survived by his wife of 49
years, Lanette; seven children: Joseph (Emily) Brough, Dalene (Sid) Magill,
Lanelle (Troy) Butterfield, Chris (Jessica) Brough, Mona (Chris) Andrus,
Brian (Tora) Brough, Kami (Ty) Kilgore, 23 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren,
siblings: Kae Weston, Dick (Lola) Brough, Max (Rosanna) Brough, and Val
(Virginia) Hanney. He is preceded in death by his parents, step-father,
Lawrence Hanney, and brother-in-law, Ivan Weston.
Funeral services will be held Monday, September
26, 2011 at 11 a.m. at the Kaysville Utah West Stake Center, 270 W. Burton
Lane, Kaysville, Utah. Friends may visit family on Sunday from 6 to 8
p.m. at Lindquist's Layton Mortuary, 1867 No. Fairfield Road and Monday
from 9 to 10:15 a.m. at the church. Interment, Kaysville City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests
contributions be made to the General Missionary Fund of The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Information about Monte J. Brough from Wikipedia,
December 10, 2012:
Monte James Brough (June 11, 1939 - September
20, 2011) was a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints (LDS Church) from 1988 until his death. He was a member of the
First Quorum of the Seventy in 1988 and 1989 and from 1991 to 2007 and
was a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy from 1989 to 1991. Brough
was a member of the seven-man Presidency of the Seventy from 1993 to 1998.
Brough was born in Randolph, Utah. His father
died when he was still a baby, and his mother was barely able to support
her family of four children. He served as an LDS Church missionary in
the British Isles from 1959-1961. He married Lanette Barker; they would
eventually have seven children.
Brough earned a degree in mathematics from
the University of Utah. He worked with computers and in management and
eventually founded his own company services company. From 1978 to 1981
Brough was the president of the Minnesota Minneapolis Mission of the LDS
From 1982 to 1983, Brough was a member of
the general board of the LDS Church's Young Men organization. Brough served
as the bishop of the church's Kaysville Ward from 1983 to 1987. From 1985
to 1986 he also served as executive secretary of the Utah North ARea Presidency.
He served as a regional representative from 1987 to 1988. He was a resident
of Kaysville at the time of his call as a general authority.
During part of his time as a general authority,
Brough served as president of the Asia Area of the LDS Church. In this
capacity, Brough was closely involved with the opening of church missionary
work in Mongolia. He also served as a couselor in the general presidency
of the Young Men organization. After his time as a member of the Presidency
of the Seventy, Brough served as president of the North America Southeast
As a general authority, Brough also served
as Assistant Director of the Family History Department from 1989 to 1992
and then as Executive Director of the Family History Department (and President
of the Genealogical Society of Utah) from 1993 to 1998. During this time
he conceived of an Internet genealogy service which he proposed to church
leaders. His ideas eventually developed into what today is known as FamilySearch.org--which
was first released to the online public in 1999. In addition, Brough was
one of the most visible members and supporters of the Brough Family Organization.
In October 2007, Brough was designated an
emeritus general authority of the LDS Church.
Brough died on September 20, 2011, aged 72, in Kaysville, Utah.
Selected LDS Church Articles and Speaches by Monte J. Brough
Willing Heart", General Conference address, October 1988
Monte J. Brough of the First Quorum of the Seventy", Ensign
magazine, November 1988
Chocolate Bar", New Era magazine, October 1990
Modern Mighty of Israel", General Conference address, October 1993
for Unwed Parents", Ensign magazine, September 1994
Blessing", Ensign magazine, December 1994
for Identity", General Conference address, April 1995
Men and Women", New Era magazine, May 1995
Am I", New Era, July 1996
Holy Calling", General Conference address, April 1997
the Law of Sacrifice", Ensign magazine, April 2000
Men - Holders of Keys", General Conference address, October 2003
to Friend: The Dawning of a Testimony", Friend magazine, September
Know What I Know", New Era magazine, October 2006
from the Old Testament: Adversity, the Great Teacher", Ensign
magazine, August 2006
the Hong Kong Temple Came to Be", Ensign magazine, December