Ross LeBaron: Fundamentalism and The Sealing Keys of Hyrum Smith

Ross W. LeBaron claimed to have “the patriarchal keys of the lineage of the Prophet Joseph”. He considered his heirship to the Mormon Prophet “the highest title of birth, and the second order of priesthood,” as he stated to Joseph White Musser in 1951. Lebaron believed the Mormon Fundamentalist movement, on the other hand, operated under … Continue reading Ross LeBaron: Fundamentalism and The Sealing Keys of Hyrum Smith

DeWayne Hafen: Interview to Dale Von Atta, 1978

As a teenager, DeWayne Hafen helped Ross LeBaron in his machine shop while LeBaron taught him about the Church of the Firstborn. When Hafen met him again as an adult, LeBaron was hesitant to ordain Hafen. The reason was Hafen's previous affiliation with The Church of the Firstborn of the Fullness of the Times. Even … Continue reading DeWayne Hafen: Interview to Dale Von Atta, 1978

Ross LeBaron: The Opening of the Seventh Seal, 1943

In 1943, Ross Wesley LeBaron published a pamphlet identifying the seven angels or plagues of the Book of Revelation as events in the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War. Later in life, LeBaron would say that he knew some things "by revelation" and other things "by calculation", also recognizing that he wasn't free … Continue reading Ross LeBaron: The Opening of the Seventh Seal, 1943

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

Ross LeBaron: Brigham Young Speaks, 1975

Published by Ross W. LeBaron in 1975, the pamphlet Brigham Young Speaks was a compilation of statements on the Adam-God doctrine, without editorial comments. It was the product of Fred Collier's research, then an adopted son of Ross LeBaron. Later, Collier republished the pamphlet under his name with the title Adam-God in a Nutshell. In … Continue reading Ross LeBaron: Brigham Young Speaks, 1975

Ross LeBaron: Open Letter to Francis M. Darter

Francis M. Darter (1881-1968) was a prolific Mormon Fundamentalist writer. Among the beliefs he espoused was Pyramidology, which proposed that the Great Pyramid of Giza was a "Bible in stone", setting dates, through its measures, for the most important events in human history. Such beliefs seem to have been influential on Ross W. LeBaron, as the … Continue reading Ross LeBaron: Open Letter to Francis M. Darter

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

Ross LeBaron and Robert Eaby: Declaration on the Civil Rights Act of 1964

OFFICIAL DECLARATION To Whom It May Concern:                                       The following was sustained…. Inasmuch as a Civil Right’s Law has been enacted by Congress, forbidding discrimination against race, creed or color: which Law has been pronounced constitutional by the court of last resort: I hereby declare, that the Mormon Manifesto of Oct. 6, 1890, has been made … Continue reading Ross LeBaron and Robert Eaby: Declaration on the Civil Rights Act of 1964