RBFO News Release, August 10, 2005
Brough Reunion Focuses on Faith and Families
One of the world's largest ancestral family
organizations recently held an international reunion in Utah that emphasized
the importance of faith and families. Over 200 descendants of Richard
Brough--who joined the LDS Church in 1840 in Staffordshire, England, and
whose descendants and relatives live in England, Australia and the United
States--attended the two-day reunion on August 5-6 in northern Utah.
The non-profit Richard Brough Family
Organization (RBFO) sponsored the reunion, during which many family
members visited historic Brough sites in Porterville and Randolph, Utah,
and attended a large multi-media family history meeting in Kaysville,
Utah, where they viewed extensive genealogical and historical displays
covering 1,000 years of Brough history. Following the meeting, family
books, CD's, maps, wall charts and other items were made available to
Elder Monte J. Brough of the First
Quorum of Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
was the keynote speaker at the family history meeting, held in the LDS
Layton Creekside State Center. He said, "Quoting Joseph Smith, 'If
there be no resurrection from the dead, then Christ has not risen; and
if Christ has not risen He was not the Son of God; and if He was not the
Son of God, there is not nor cannot be a Son of God
this work is real and is of incredible importance." Also, Luke B.
Howard, formerly of New South Wales, Australia, but who now teaches at
Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, stated, "The sociality we
enjoy among 'Brough family,' wherever we may find ourselves, closes the
gaps of geography, age, nationality and culture, and reminds us how richly
our lives are blessed through this common heritage." And Kent L.
Brough, RBFO President Emeritus, mentioned, "In most cases, the beliefs
we now have and the freedoms we enjoy today are largely a result of the
efforts and sacrifices of our ancestors. By better understanding their
lives we can more fully appreciate what we now have and enjoy."
By all accounts the reunion was a tremendous
success. "People enjoyed meeting family relatives from different
places and walks of life," said R. Clayton Brough, RBFO President.
"In our increasingly fast-paced world it's important that families
understand their heritage and stay connected with one other." Also,
Mark E. Gardner, a British genealogist with the LDS Family History Library
in Salt Lake City, attended the reunion and remarked, "Everyone was
welcoming and friendly, and there were smiles and good stories everywhere."
The next Brough Reunion will be held in
August 2010. For more information about this ancestral family organization
and its genealogical and family history projects, visit: www.broughfamily.org