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Monte J. Brough

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Monte J. Brough was sustained as a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 1, 1988, and served until his death on September 20, 2011.

Brough was born on June 11, 1939, in Randolph, Utah. His father died in 1941 leaving his mother scrambling to find a job to care for herself and her four children in an area still recovering from the Depression. She won an election for Rich County treasurer and held the office for twenty-two years.

After his mission to the British Isles, Brough obtained a computer job with an aerospace contractor. He eventually obtained a mathematics degree from the University of Utah and his PhD in business administration also from the University of Utah. He was an IBM systems engineer and worked in wholesale distribution, real estate, ranching, and investments. He founded a multinational computer services company.

He 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, he 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 to emeritus status on October 6, 2007.

He also served in the Church as a bishop, counselor in a stake presidency, regional representative, member of the Young Men general board, and assistant executive director of the Family History Department. During his service, he conceived of an Internet genealogy service that he proposed to Church leaders. His ideas eventually developed into what is known as FamilySearch.org[1].

He also served as second counselor in the Young Men general presidency, a position his son M. Joseph Brough currently serves in. He presided over the Minnesota Minneapolis Mission from 1978 to 1981.

Brough married Lanette Barker on August 30, 1962, and they became the parents of three sons and four daughters.