Matthew Brown – RIP

Yesterday seemed to be a bad day for great men passing on.  In the shadow of Steve Jobs’ death, we hear of the early passing of Matthew Brown.

Matthew was a scholar in LDS history.  I’ve heard him speak on occasion, and exchanged emails over the years with him.  He was always a gentleman, and always at the top of his game.

Of his many books I’ve read (or  consumed), I would probably pick his first book, Symbols in Stone as my favorite.  He gave a wonderfully detailed description of many of the symbolic items in the Salt Lake Temple, and their meaning.

There is a memorial fund at FAIR, where you can donate to assist the family.


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Gerald (Rameumptom) Smith is a student of the gospel. Joining the Church of Jesus Christ when he was 16, he served a mission in Santa Cruz Bolivia (1978=1980). He is married to Ramona, has 3 stepchildren and 7 grandchildren. Retired Air Force (Aim High!). He has been on the Internet since 1986 when only colleges and military were online. Gerald has defended the gospel since the 1980s, and was on the first Latter-Day Saint email lists, including the late Bill Hamblin's Morm-Ant. Gerald has worked with FairMormon, More Good Foundation, LDS.Net and other pro-LDS online groups. He has blogged on the scriptures for over a decade at his site: Joel's Monastery ( He has the following degrees: AAS Computer Management, BS Resource Mgmt, MA Teaching/History. Gerald was the leader for the Tuskegee Alabama group, prior to it becoming a branch. He opened the door for missionary work to African Americans in Montgomery Alabama in the 1980s. He's served in two bishoprics, stake clerk, high council, HP group leader and several other callings over the years. While on his mission, he served as a counselor in a branch Relief Society presidency.

3 thoughts on “Matthew Brown – RIP

  1. That was Matt Brown? Interesting. I vaguely knew him in the early 90’s but not like I knew many of the other FARMS folks back then. Of course I’ve lost contact with nearly all of them.

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