Monte J. Brough

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First Quorum of the Seventy
October 1, 1988 (1988-10-01) – April 1, 1989 (1989-04-01)
End reasonTransferred to the Second Quorum of the Seventy
Second Quorum of the Seventy
April 1, 1989 (1989-04-01) – April 6, 1991 (1991-04-06)
End reasonTransferred to the First Quorum of the Seventy
First Quorum of the Seventy
April 6, 1991 (1991-04-06) – October 6, 2007 (2007-10-06)
End reasonGranted general authority emeritus status
Presidency of the Seventy
August 15, 1993 (1993-08-15) – August 15, 1998 (1998-08-15)
End reasonHonorably released
Emeritus General Authority
October 6, 2007 (2007-10-06) – September 20, 2011 (2011-09-20)
Personal details
BornMonte James Brough
(1939-06-11)June 11, 1939
Randolph, Utah, United States
DiedSeptember 20, 2011(2011-09-20) (aged 72)
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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 church's Presidency of the Seventy from 1993 to 1998.

Early life and career[edit]

Brough was born in Randolph, Utah. His father died when he was 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[1] from 1959 to 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 computer services company.

LDS Church service[edit]

From 1978 to 1981 Brough was the president of the Minnesota Minneapolis Mission of the LDS Church. From 1982 to 1983, Brough was a member of the general board of the church's Young Men organization.[2] Brough served as a bishop 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.

General authority[edit]

During part of his time as a general authority, Brough served as president of the Asia Area of the LDS Church.[3] In this capacity, Brough was closely involved with the opening of church missionary work in Mongolia.[4] He also served as a counselor in the general presidency of the Young Men organization.[5] After his time as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy, Brough served as president of the North America Southeast Area.[6]

As a general authority, Brough also served as Assistant Director of the Family History Department from 1989 to 1992[7] and then as Executive Director of the Family History Department (and President of the Genealogical Society of Utah) from 1993 to 1998.[8][9][10] During this time he conceived of an Internet genealogy service which he proposed to church leaders.[11] His ideas eventually developed into what today is known as,[11] 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.[12]

In 1995, the LDS Church received criticism from the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors for permitting ordinances to be performed in behalf of Holocaust victims. As the Executive Director of the Family History Department, Brough addressed the church's efforts to end such practices.[10]

In October 2007, Brough was designated an emeritus general authority.[13]

Brough died on September 20, 2011, aged 72, in Kaysville, Utah.[14]


  1. "New apostle called to fill vacancy", Church News, 1988-10-08.
  2. Church News, October 8, 1988.[full citation needed]
  3. “New General Authority Assignments Announced”, Ensign, August 1993, p. 74
  4. Church News, October 6, 2007.[full citation needed]
  5. "New Assignments, Releases in Seventies' Presidency and Quorums," Ensign, November 1989, pp. 102–05
  6. "New Area Presidency Assignments," Ensign, September 1999, pp. 74–75
  7. "Family history work, aided by technology called 'labor of love'", Church News, March 4, 1989.
  8. "TempleReady™ Now Available", Ensign, February 1994.
  9. R. Scott Lloyd, "SourceGuide is now available", Church News, April 11, 1998.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Niebuhr, Gustav. "Mormons to End Holocaust Victim Baptism". New York Times. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  11. 11.0 11.1 R. Scott Lloyd, "Elder Monte J. Brough: 'A man for all seasons'", Church News, September 30, 2011.
  12. "Monte J. Brough: Keynote Speaker at 2005 International Brough Reunion". Archived from the original on January 27, 2016. Retrieved February 25, 2016.
  13. Gordon B. Hinckley, "The Sustaining of Church Officers", Liahona, November 2007, pp. 4–5
  14. "Emeritus general authority Elder Monte J. Brough dies at 72", Deseret News, September 23, 2011.

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