Erecting and Preserving
Brough Pioneer Monuments
The Brough Family Organization
(BFO) occasionally erects monuments to Brough pioneers. Shane Brough,
BFO President, has stated that "These recent stone memorials explain
in considerable detail the faith and history of Brough pioneers and their
families." And Clayton Brough, BFO Genealogist, has said that "A
lot of discussion and planning went into designing and erecting these
new memorials so that they add but do not detract from earlier monuments
to these pioneers." The pictures below show some of these monuments.
The importance of erecting faith-promoting
memorials and historical monuments has often been mentioned by leaders
of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). For example,
in the LDS Church News of November 26, 2011 (page 10), Richard E. Turley
Jr., assistant LDS Church historian, stated the following about the recent
Granite Monument erected to the Eight Witnesses of the Book of Mormon
in Liberty, Missouri: "It may, with good sense, be asked, 'Why do
we build such monuments?' 'It is to remember important events in the history
of the Church, events in God's ongoing relationship with His children.'
God's people are commanded to keep records, and those include not just
books and manuscripts 'but also art, artifacts and historic sites....'
'The tradition of creating monuments and sacred places goes back almost
to the beginning of the Bible,' Brother Turley noted, citing references
in Genesis and Joshua. He said he has been on every continent except Antarctica
and has seen monuments around the world commemorating events of Church
history. 'The purpose for which we erect this monument is 'to remember
the great things the Lord has done for His children,' and that phrase
appears again and again in the Book of Mormon, Brother Turley observed.
'It appears there because the Book of Mormon tells us that having monuments
like this and recording the information about the history of the Church
helps to build faith and pass it on from generation to generation'."
John Brough (1831-1915), a
Mormon pioneer from Durham, England, and his two wives and two of their
children are buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery. Unfortunately, no
headstones mark their gravesites.
The Brough Family Organization (BFO) hopes
to eventually place a new memorial stone to John Brough and his family
members in the Salt Lake City Cemetery. The following picture shows this