Certificate of Incorporation, 1955

Certificate of Incorporation issued by the State of Utah for The Church of the First-Born on 01 December, 1955. This copy of the Certificate is found at the James Wardle Papers at the University of Utah Special Collections. Transcript State of Utah Office of Secretary of State To _____THE CHURCH OF THE FIRST-BORN______ I, LamontContinue reading “Certificate of Incorporation, 1955”

Ross LeBaron, Fred Collier: Revelation on Salvation and Exaltation, 1974

On 7 August 1974, Ross W. LeBaron received a revelation stating the purposes of the Church of Jesus Christ and the Church of the Firstborn, and their relation to the principles of salvation and exaltation of humankind. [1] The revelation was recorded in handwriting by Fred Collier, then an adopted son of Ross LeBaron. InContinue reading “Ross LeBaron, Fred Collier: Revelation on Salvation and Exaltation, 1974”

Mormon 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 underContinue reading “Mormon 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. EvenContinue reading “DeWayne Hafen: Interview to Dale Von Atta, 1978”

Year of Polygamy Podcast

In the latest episode of the Year of Polygamy podcast, I was interviewed by Lindsay Hansen Park about Ross LeBaron and his Church of the Firstborn. We talked about LeBaron’s views on priesthood, his relationship with the Mormon Fundamentalist movement, his brothers’s church in Mexico and his son Ross LeBaron Jr. Click here to download orContinue reading “Year of Polygamy Podcast”

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 freeContinue 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 asContinue 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. InContinue reading “Ross LeBaron: Brigham Young Speaks, 1975”

Ross LeBaron: Open Letter to Francis M. Darter, 1968

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 theContinue reading “Ross LeBaron: Open Letter to Francis M. Darter, 1968”

Ross LeBaron: The Cause of Planetary Motion

THE CAUSE OF PLANETARY MOTION By R. W. Le Baron That which is beyond the realms of reason, we atribute to God. Therefore, to most intelligent beings, God is the creative law of nature. This God, if I may call it such, is the most powerfull law, and authority, in all time and space. NoContinue reading “Ross LeBaron: The Cause of Planetary Motion”