Hugh B. Brown in His Final Years: The Joys and Trials of an Aging Apostle
Salt Lake City, UT
Sunstone Education Foundation
This is an intimate, personal evaluation and reminiscence, by his grandson, of the final years in the life of Hugh B. Brown. He briefly discusses President Brown's unsuccessful effort to reverse the practice of denying the priesthood to blacks, which he believed was without doctrinal foundation. This issue caused strain between Pres. Brown and some other Church leaders, particularly Harold B. Lee, and Firmage believes this was the main reason Brown was not retained in the First Presidency after the death of Pres. McKay. He also discusses briefly the fact that Pres. Brown was deeply wounded by being released from the First Presidency, though there was a reconciliation with Pres. Lee before his death. Firmage also discusses Pres. Brown's family life in his later years, and his zeal for life.