Sunstone 2018: Ross LeBaron and The Church of The First-Born

On July 28, I`ll be presenting a paper on Ross LeBaron at the Sunstone Summer Symposium to be held this year at the Mountain America Expo Center, in Sandy, Utah. A religious innovator within the Mormon tradition, Ross LeBaron (1914-1996) organized The Church of the First-Born in 1955. Although commonly identified by outsiders as a … Continue reading Sunstone 2018: Ross LeBaron and The Church of The First-Born

Christopher Blythe: The Crafting of a New Religious Movement

The following is an excerpt from historian Christopher Blythe's master thesis on Ross LeBaron, submitted to the Utah State University in 2009. In his work, Blythe characterizes Ross LeBaron as "a religion maker in the same sense as Joseph Smith or Jesus Christ, in that he brought forth new concepts, which diverged from previous orthodox … Continue reading Christopher Blythe: The Crafting of a New Religious Movement

Lyle O. Wright: Overview of Ross LeBaron’s Beliefs

The following excerpt is from Lyle O. Wright's Master Thesis, submitted to Brigham Young University in 1963, based on his interviews with Ross W. LeBaron. Even though Wright's research focused on the Church of the Firstborn of the Fullness of Times, led by Joel and Ervil LeBaron, it approached the different priesthood claims in the LeBaron … Continue reading Lyle O. Wright: Overview of Ross LeBaron’s Beliefs