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Elder L. Edward & Carol Brown

Carol E. and L. Edward Brown

The 2010 Pioneer Day Committee proudly announces that L. Edward and Carol E. Brown will serve as the Grand Marshals for the 2010 Pioneer Day parade to be held at 10am July 24, 2010.  

L. Edward Brown was born in Preston, Idaho and his wife, Carol Ewer Brown in Logan, Utah. They are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in August of this year, 2010. Ed is currently serving as the president of the Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple, with Carol at his side serving as the matron of the temple. They indicate that this calling is the "capstone experience" in their lives, one which brings eternity so close to them.

They have 8 children, Sheri Schiers (Bill), of Parker, Idaho; Kathy Webster (Richard) of Lehi, Utah; Debbie Christensen (Neal) of Lehi, Utah; Susan Burgess (Mike) of American Fork, Utah; Steven Brown (Julia) of Pocatello; Rob Brown (Lynette) of Hooper, Utah; Jennifer Willes (Jeremy) of Jerome, Idaho; and Rebecca Stoddard (James) of Clinton, Utah. Seven of their eight children are graduates of Highland High School in Pocatello. They have 38 grandchildren and 4 great grand children.
Ed was sustained as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, on April 6, 1996. He served from 1996-2001 as a counselor and then president of the Asia North Area, which included the countries of Japan and Korea. For four of those five years in Asia, Eastern Russia was also included under the direction of the Asia North Area Presidency.

Ed’s service in Asia dates back to 1957 when he served two and one-half years as a full-time missionary to Korea for the Church, and then returned to Korea with his wife, Carol, and five children, from 1971 to 1974, as a mission president. He has spent 11 years in that part of the world.

From 2001 to 2002, he was a counselor in the Salt Lake North Area Presidency, and was released from the Second Quorum at the October 2002 general conference.

Prior to his service in Asia as a Seventy, Elder Brown was appointed in 1995 to the first group of men called to be Area Authority Seventys.

Following his release from the Second Quorum of Seventy, the Browns moved to Lehi, Utah where several of their children are living. In June of 2003, he was called as a counselor in the Mount Timpanogos Temple Presidency, and Carol as an Assistant to the Matron of the Temple. They were released in November of 2005.

Professionally, he had been with the Church Education System for 33 years as a seminary teacher, institute instructor and director, and area director of the Idaho East Area. Nineteen of those years were spent at the Pocatello Institute of Religion as an instructor, which included 5 years as Director of the Institute. Brown was appointed as Area Director of the East Idaho Area of the Church Educational System in 1990 and served in that position until called as a member of the Seventy.

Elder Brown has served as a bishop, high councilor, and as stake president of the Pocatello Idaho University Stake.

Brother Brown holds a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University, master’s and doctor’s degrees from the University of Kansas. He is a former mayor and city council member of the City of Pocatello, Idaho, and has served three terms in the Idaho House of Representatives.

Elected to the Pocatello City Council, 11-4-1979. Reelected to the Council 11-8-1983. Served as Mayor of Pocatello, 1984-1985. In 1985 elected to the Idaho House of Representatives where he served three two year terms. In November 11, 1991, he was reelected to the Pocatello City Council, serving four years. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Pocatello Regional Medical Center and on the Idaho Human Rights Commission.

In 1995, Ed was presented the "Key" to the City of Pocatello on a plaque which reads:

In appreciation for the years of unselfish dedication to the citizens of Pocatello; Your outstanding contributions to the community; Your continued commitment to public service; Your unfailing professionalism and leadership;
And your genuine concern for the Citizens of Pocatello.

With Sincere Gratitude
Mayor and City Council and City Employees
The L. Edward Brown family was selected as the "Pocatello Area Family of the Year, 1986

Commenting on their time in Pocatello, the Browns said, "Our years in Pocatello were some of the most precious of our lives. We have so many close and dear friends here. All of our children grew up in Pocatello, and it is home to them and to us."


Brown Family: Left to Right: Robert E. Brown, Carol E. Brown, L. Edward Brown, Steven L. Brown, Rebecca Brown (Stoddard), Jennifer Brown (Willes), Susan Brown (Burgess), Kathy Brown (Webster), Sheri Brown (Schiers), and Debbie Brown (Christensen)

Church News Article
Date: 04/27/96
BY SARAH JANE WEAVER, Church News Staff Writer

Elder L. Edward Brown doesn't remember a time in his life when he didn't feel deeply about the Savior and the truthfulness of the gospel.

In a Church News interview days after being sustained to the Second Quorum of the Seventy on April 6, he explained that he is like many in the Church who learned and accepted the gospel "line upon line."

The former Pocatello, Idaho, mayor, Idaho state legislator and career Church educator described himself foremost as a son, husband, father of eight children and grandfather. In fact, many of the lessons he learned in his life have come through sacred family experiences.

"Our family," Elder Brown said as he looked at his wife, "means as much to us, outside oflove and commitment for the Master, as anything we know. As we participated in holy temple marriage experiences with each of our six children who have married, deep spiritual affirmations have come to us. Essentially the message has been, 'This is really what it is all about.' The family is the central focus of God's plan."

Elder and Sister Brown said they have "been deeply moved by many special and sometimes painful family experiences." Watching family-especially during hard times-has reaffirmed their already strong testimony of the gospel.

"About three years ago, one of our daughter's children, a 6-month-old baby boy, passed away," Elder Brown recalled. "We watched as our Heavenly Father, through the Spirit, put His arms around our precious daughter and her husband, comforting and blessing them, assuring them of a magnificent future rendezvous. We look forward in confidence to that grand reunion. That is the essence of the Lord's plan of happiness. "

Describing his wife, Elder Brown said that she is a great mother, which each of their daughters has been able to follow. "She loves the piano. So do they. She nurtures and loves her children as a homemaker, and so do they. She means everything to me and to them."

Elder Brown said his deep appreciation for the nurturing influence of the women in his life began with his own mother. As a 13-year-old, the young Edward Brown had to rely on the spiritual strength derived as a youngster from his mother after she was seriously injured.

"We lived in a small branch in Idaho where my mother was Mrs. Everything," Elder Brown said. "She was returning home from a stake Primary meeting with three other ladies and they were involved in a serious automobile accident. She suffered severe brain damage."

Elder Brown said that his mother was never the same after that. His father patiently cared for her for more than 40 years until her death just two years ago. "I am certain the Lord has and will bless my father for his sustained support and love for my mother over that 40-year span," he said.

Elder Brown explained that his mother taught him well in his youth and those values remained.

"I will bless her name eternally," he said. "Oh, how important are our mothers in the early formative years of their children's lives."

Elder Brown called the accident a turning point in his life, for his family was forced to move to Logan, Utah, where his mother could receive better care.
There Edward Brown met Carol Ewer-his future wife. "I was out in front of our home and this girl with beautiful red hair, all tied up in a magnificent pony tail, rode by on a bicycle," he remembered. "It was love at first sight for this 15-year-old boy."

After high school graduation, Elder Brown attended Utah State University in Logan for two years. "In those days, young men were called into the mission field at 20 years of age," he said, explaining that in 1957 he was called to serve in the Northern Far East Mission, which included Japan and Korea.

As a missionary, Elder Brown said he learned a great lesson about the power of the priesthood and priesthood blessings.

"I, along with several other missionaries, contracted infectious hepatitis, following which, due to my weakened condition, I developed a serious case of boils. I had as many as a dozen boils at a time."

While Elder Brown was suffering from this health problem, Elder Mark E. Petersen of the Quorum of the Twelve visited Korea. "He interviewed each of us and learned of my challenging health problems. He laid his hands upon my head, and in the name of the Master, through the power of the priesthood, commanded the infection to depart.

"Beginning at the top of my head, I felt this marvelous power go down through my body and out the tips of my toes. I was able to serve the remainder of my mission without further health limitations. What a special lesson was demonstrated to a young missionary that day. I have not doubted the power of the priesthood from that day to this," Elder Brown testified.

Three months following Elder Brown's release as a missionary, he and Carol Ewer were married in the Logan Temple on Aug. 3, 1960.

Sister Brown said through the years her husband has approached all his Church callings-as a bishop, stake president, area authority and mission president in Korea-with the same devotion he discovered on his mission. This dedication, she continued, has brought many blessings to their family.

One such example is when Elder Brown served as a mission president.
The couple, then parents of five children, ages 3 to 10, were called to Korea just 11 years after Elder Brown returned from his full-time mission in the same country.

Elder Brown said that people will ask if he was quite young for a mission president assignment. "I reply," he said with smile, "Yes, I was way too young when I went out, but I was very old by the conclusion of that experience."
The Browns count their mission as one of their family's most significant spiritual experiences. "Our children had 150 big brothers and sisters," he said. "The missionaries just loved and spoiled them. The children sat in missionary testimony meetings on occasions too numerous to count. Oh, how the Lord more than compensated us for the little bit of sacrifice on our part. We will be ever grateful for that service."

Both Elder and Sister Brown agreed that the Lord has a marvelous law of compensation, far exceeding any service one can render.
Elder Brown said service in the community, first as a member of the Pocatello city council, then as Pocatello mayor and a state legislator, has been extremely valuable to him.

"I have been deeply impressed with the people with whom I have served as an elected official," he said.

Elder Brown said he is concerned at how cynical people are about government and those who serve there. "The people I associated with, both at the local and state levels, generally were motivated out of a desire to serve others," he explained.

Elder Brown said one great lesson he learned in public service is that there are two sides to every story. "We must hear out the whole of the matter and learn that some of the best ideas come out of discussion, debate and counsel among people of diverse opinions, experience and background. "
Elder Brown said "in a busy life," politics actually became his hobby.
But he also likes fishing, camping and reading-especially about the Church. Elder Brown said his favorite vacation spot is "in the shadows of the Teton Mountains," at Island Park, Idaho.

He learned to love the outdoors as a young boy, while hunting with his father. He continued to spend a lot of time in the outdoors while attending Utah State University.

There, Elder Brown said he "floundered" for a few years, trying to select a career. Then one of his institute instructors asked if he had considered teaching seminary. "As soon as he said it, my heart was touched and I felt impressed that was what I needed to do," Elder Brown recalls.

After receiving a bachelor's degree from Utah State in English and mathematics, Elder Brown began his career in the Church Educational System. Early in his career, he also qualified for master's and doctor's degrees in educational administration and supervision from the University of Kansas.

He described Church education as a "marvelous and most satisfying career."
Through the years, Elder Brown has seen the profound effect that wonderful teachers have had in the lives of students.

"Some years ago I came home late at night, it was after midnight, and I could see a light coming from under my daughter's door. I thought I'll open the door and say 'Don't you think it is time to go to bed?' " he said. "I opened the door and there she was reading the scriptures. I was humbled and thrilled and I knew that, in part, it was because there was a good seminary teacher somewhere who was motivating her, along with her parents, to be into the scriptures on a daily basis. "
That is what he sees as the most significant change in the youth over the years as a Church educator. "Our youth have become much more interested in the scriptures, and they are finding that feasting in the scriptures is most 'satisfying."
Elder Brown said he hopes to continue to promote the importance of studying and pondering the doctrine as found in the scriptures in his new calling, with which he is "overwhelmed, but thrilled" to receive.

"There is no question in my mind that the Lord is in charge of the work. I have a burning witness that this is so," he declared. "I thrill at the opportunity to bear witness of the Lord, our Savior, to all the world. The genius of this work is in the capacity that one has to tap into the power of the Holy Ghost as we lead and make the decisions as Church leaders, members and parents. I know that with all my heart. This gives one a great sense of confidence as they respond to the beckoning of the Spirit as it invites, entices, blesses and sanctifies."

Elder L. Edward Brown
Family: Born June 18, 1937, in Preston, Idaho, to Lowell and Helen Peterson Brown. Married Carol Ewer in the Logan Temple
Education: Bachelor's degree in English and mathematics from Utah State University, master's and doctor's degrees in educational administration from University of Kansas.

Employment: Area director for Church Educational System, 1990-1996; instructor at the Pocatello Idaho Institute of Religion, 1968-1990, director of institute from 1978-1984. Teacher and coordinator with the Indian seminary program from 1963-1968.

Church Service: Area authority in the North America Northwest Area; former stake president, bishop, mission president in Korea (1971-1974) and full-time missionary in Korea.


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