Matt Brown died earlier today. He was, I believe, 46 years old.
Matt was born in Portland in 1964. He served a mission in Spokane, Washington, and later earned a B.A. in history from BYU. He became an incredibly prolific author of works on Mormonism, mostly through Covenant Communications. His publications include the following:
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)
I knew Matt mainly through a number of presentations he gave at FAIR Conferences over the years, the most recent being on the Adam-God Doctrine in 2009. I didn’t always agree with Matt, but I always respected his knowledge and commitment to the study of Mormonism.
Funeral arrangements are pending. He is survived by his wife Jaimie. As one might imagine, this illness entailed substantial expenses for which the family was not prepared. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, FAIR has set up a donations page for anyone who would like to make a contribution to the family. A memorial page has also been established on Facebook.
Matt, you were a gentleman and a scholar; Godspeed on your new journey in realms you thought and wrote so much about.