First Principles: Samuel Brown

Exploring faith, fidelity, and faithfulness in a time of skepticism and doubt.

Samuel Brown was an atheist and then agnostic in his younger years.
He reconnected with God through some transformative experiences. Since then, deeper research, thinking, and his practice as a physician has informed his world and gospel view in rich and profound ways. Relationships have been key to his understanding and appreciation of the
first principles and ordinances of the gospel.

And now abideth faith, hope, and charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
— 1 Corinthians 13:13


Friday, March 13, 2015   7:30-9:30 pm


Home of Elizabeth and Mark England
1194 S. 500 E., SLC, UT

If you arrive late, please use the back door to enter.
And let’s all try to be gone by 10:30 pm 

About Samuel Brown

Screen Shot 2015-02-23 at 10.17.36 AMSamuel Brown graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in Linguistics with a minor in Russian, then received his MD from Harvard Medical School, where he was a National Scholar and Massachusetts Medical Society Scholar. After graduation he completed residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he remained on faculty as an Instructor in General Medicine at Harvard Medical School before moving to the University of Utah, where he completed fellowship training. He is now Assistant Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Medical Ethics and Humanities at the University of Utah, based clinically at the Shock Trauma ICU at Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City.

Dr. Brown studies, with funding from the National Institutes of Health, the clinical epidemiology of life-threatening infections, with a special emphasis on patterns in cardiovascular function as indicators of disease severity and responsiveness and patient-relevant outcomes after critical illness. His research incorporates ultrasound images of the heart and complex analysis of heart rate and blood pressure signals in the interest of understanding better how to prevent death from life-threatening infections. Dr. Brown also merges quantitative and qualitative/humanistic approaches to making medicine human through the Center for Humanizing Critical Care, which he founded and directs at Intermountain. Avocationally, he studies cultural history, with a particular emphasis on how religious ideas assist believers in coming to terms with embodiment, sickness, and death. He has published widely in both medicine and history.

Information to review:

First Principles and Ordinances: The Fourth Article of Faith in Light of the Temple
Mormon Matters: 261: Faith and Repentance
Sam Brown discusses First Principles and Ordinances at Benchmark Books
FAIR interview