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An Abundant Life: The Memoirs of Hugh B. Brown Paperback – 1988
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My interest in this memoir came about through reading David O. Mckay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism by Greg Prince. That truly outstanding book paints a detailed backdrop for the world in which Hugh B. Brown existed. President Brown was a pioneer in so many ways. Two pioneering positions were an unwavering desire to lift the priesthood ban and emeritus status for General Authorities. Both were realized only after his passing, and the latter was only partially enacted. It is important to note that on the subject of the priesthood ban being lifted there were likely others that shared his opinion (e.g. Spencer W. Kimball). Yet it seems apparent that nobody was quite as vocal as President Brown.
I would highly recommend that the reader finish the David O. Mckay biography before reading An Abundant Life. Not that the two can't stand independent of one another, but because doing so will give you yet another insight into President Brown's character. In An Abundant Life, President Brown makes references to people and events that were difficult and controversial. Yet he never personally attacks anyone. Rather he shows tremendous compassion, willingness to forgive, and a comprehension that both sides shoulder blame. The DOM biography tells those stories from a more detached, historical perspective.
For me personally, the most impactful part of this book was President Brown's unwavering commitment to truth - wherever it led him.Read more ›