Ross LeBaron: Letter to Margarito Bautista, 1958

"Lehi was evidently the first-born of Manasseh; for he followed the patriarchal pattern[,]" wrote Ross LeBaron about the Book of Mormon patriarch. "His youngest son held the right of the first-born (evidently of the tribe of Manasseh). Lehi was patriarch to a new world, Jacob priest, and Nephi King." A Mormon Fundamentalist, Margarito Bautista had … Continue reading Ross LeBaron: Letter to Margarito Bautista, 1958

Steve McKinley: Ross LeBaron On The Endowment

Steve McKinley recollects a conversation with Ross W. LeBaron about the endowment in 1995. The "ambiguous answer" given by Ross, according to Steve, made him "feel better about the changes [made by the LDS Church] in the endowment". He says he realized that "the reason the endowment was taken away by the Lord was because … Continue reading Steve McKinley: Ross LeBaron On The Endowment

Ross LeBaron: Interview to Dale Van Atta, 1977

As the murderous acts of his brother Ervil gained international attention, Ross Wesley LeBaron was interviewed by journalist Dale Van Atta in June, 1977. Van Atta later co-authored a book on Ervil LeBaron and his crimes. According to Ross, the violence was over ownership of land in Mexico, as was well as a Cain-and-Abel war … Continue reading Ross LeBaron: Interview to Dale Van Atta, 1977

DeWayne Hafen: Ross LeBaron and the Father as a Servant

"He never, at any time I'm aware of, ever depended upon those who followed him to support him", states DeWayne Hafen. An adopted son of Ross LeBaron, Hafen talks about why his priesthood leader lived in a storage shed and didn't collect money from his followers, and reflects on the relationship with his own adopted … Continue reading DeWayne Hafen: Ross LeBaron and the Father as a Servant

Robert Black: The Church of the Firstborn, Temple Ordinances and the AUB

Robert Rey Black was an associate of Ross W. LeBaron in The Church of the Firstborn. In the following essay, Black recollects his interactions with the presiding council of the Apostolic United Brethren (AUB) over temple ordinances, in 1978. Black claims that, under the authority of Ross LeBaron, he attempted to teach and perform the … Continue reading Robert Black: The Church of the Firstborn, Temple Ordinances and the AUB