Ross LeBaron: The Nauvoo Restoration

In the following excerpt of Priesthood Expounded, published in 1985, Ross W. LeBaron writes about the restoration of priesthood keys he believed took place in the Nauvoo temple.

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THE THIRD MAN

B. F. JOHNSON

The Prophet Elijah appeared, with others, in the Kirtland Temple April 3, 1836 conferring patriarchal authority upon Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery, who already held the keys of the Aaronic Priesthood, in connection with the Holy Priesthood of the Son of God.

Joseph Smith prophesied that Elijah would come again and restore the same priesthood on another man, before the last dispensation, or in the dispensation of the Fulness of Times. Continue reading

Ross LeBaron and Joseph Musser

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Joseph White Musser (sitting),  circa 1940. Musser (1872-1954) was one of the main leaders of the Fundamentalist  movement and senior member of the “Priesthood Council”.

REVELATION given to patriarch Ross W. LeBaron, at the home of H. Chase Kimball, in Salt Lake City, April 3rd, 1951. My father had recently passed away, and I was concerned over what course to follow in connection with the patriarchal work he had given me in the spring of 1950, and received the following revelation:

Thus saith the Lord; Go unto my servant Joseph W. Musser and have your patriarchal keys which you received from your father confirmed: for he is the only man among the Fundamentalists that has sufficient authority to do so; for he has received his second anointings and holds the fullness of the priesthood.

I called the home of Bro. Musser; one of his wives answered the phone, and I asked for an appointment to see him: but she informed me that he was not feeling well.

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Ross LeBaron: Orders of the Priesthood

In the following excerpt of his Priesthood Expounded, published in 1985, Ross W. LeBaron writes about the Godhead and its relation to the different priesthood orders.

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Resurrection, by Andrea Mantegna (1431-1506). The Louvre

Priesthood Expounded

Ross W. LeBaron

Lesson No. 1:

All Priesthood is Melchizedek

To correctly think, one must have his mind properly programmed in the DOCTRINE OF THE PRIESTHOOD. From the time of Moses the thinking mind has repeatedly SAID; “HOLY PRIESTHOOD after the ORDER OF THE SON of GOD”. Moses held it, Christ held it, and Joseph Smith held it.

The time has come for people to RE-THINK. THE SETTING IN ORDER will take place by those who obey the LAWS of the PRIESTHOOD.

It is impossible to obey the laws, unless one understands the KEYS of the PRIESTHOOD. Continue reading

Articles of Incorporation of The Holy Order of God

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The Holy Order of God

 

Article I

The name of the Order shall be —- The Holy Order of God.

Article II

The purpose of the Order shall be — to teach the laws and administer the ordinances of the everlasting Gospel; and bring as many as shall come to the Church of the First-Born.  See Doctrine & Covenants 77:11.

Article III

The estimated value of the assets of the Order at the time of the making of these articles is —- $500.00. Continue reading

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 norms” (p. 04).

Ogie’s Cafe, in Salt Lake City, Utah used by Ross LeBaron and associates for “priesthood meetings” | Photo: Antonio Trevisan

The Crafting of a New Religious Movement

In order to teach students the intricacies encapsulated in a “full-fledged” religion, Catherine Albanese has developed a system of four Cs: Code, Community, Creed, and Cultus.[1]  The first category, Code, embraces the notion that religions necessarily introduce a system of morals and ethics by which adherents make life decisions.  The second category, Community, includes social structure and hierarchy, as well as the manner in which believers relate to the non-believing world.  The third category, Creed, includes not simply a formal statement of belief, but a discussion of beliefs and theology embraced by the community of believers.  Finally, the fourth category, Cultus, is a technical word simply meaning ritual which embraces both formal ceremony and the practice of the believers. (For example, this includes informal prayer, the study of scripture, and sermonizing.)  In this section, Albanese’s convenient system is used in order to study the religion developed by Ross Wesley LeBaron.  Yet, before we discuss the basic four categories introduced above, a fifth C of particular usefulness when studying Mormon traditions – the claim – is presented. Continue reading

Ross LeBaron: Reincarnation

michelangelo-abstract-boy-child-73805In order to understand priesthood, we must realize we have existed forever, space is endless, and there is an infinite number of gods in space. It’s all organized to some degree, but it’s also going through process and change.

The one big stumbling block in the world today is people do not understand resurrection. They do not realize that every form of resurrection of flesh is reincarnation by definition. Continue reading

Ross LeBaron: The Cause of Planetary Motion

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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. No one disobeys without paying the exact penalty; This God is the most ruthless force in existence, and also the kindest, for it gives us life everlasting. This God is a law, not a personality. (Personal Gods, are those, who by obedience to law, have gone ahead of the ones they preside over. If a man knows more than others, Does he not have more power, more glory.) Continue reading

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 family.

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Ross Wesley LeBaron in January, 1984. | Photo courtesy of Tom Green

Patriarchal organization of the world

This earth is organized on a patriarchal pattern of government. All of the churches come under the Patriarchal Priesthood, as well as kingdoms, and anything having to do with civil government.

In the Patriarchal Presidency of the World, Adam presides as the Patriarch.of the world. Noah, the Priest, is second in the Presidency, and a Patriarch to those after the flood, except Jesus Christ. Christ, the King, and third in the Presidency, is a patriarch
to his posterity. Christ was married, lived polygamy, and had a family; the 45th Psalm has to do with his marriage and children. Joseph Smith was of the lineage of Christ. Christ is called the “king of kings” because he is the third in the grand Patriarchal Council of the world, and the third office carries the title of “king.” Continue reading

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

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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 null and void by said Civil Right’s Act of Congress, signed July 2, 1964.

And that the worthy Saints, by said Act of Congress, have had restored to them their former right’s and privileges, in relation to the Church and Kingdom of God, that were practiced by them before the various discriminatory laws were enacted against them and their religion.

I also declare, that the said Civil Right’s Act of July 2, 1964 was signed at the end of the 120 year period from the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith, June 27, 1844. Continue reading

Ross LeBaron: Hearken to the Voice of the Lord

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Ross Wesley LeBaron on January 19, 1984. | Photo courtesy of Tom Green

REVELATION given to Patriarch Ross W. LeBaron, at Drake, Arizona, June 5, 1962. I had been studing the scriptures concerning the ‘Mighty and Strong’, the ‘Root of Jesse’, and other prophecies relating to the time of the restoration, when the Lord would set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people.

I had received a revelation pertaining to the patriarchal order in the time of Melchizedek; and had written it in the form of Christ speaking in person, as the spirit guided, and was wondering if the Lord was displeased with me for using this form of wording and wondering if some of the wording was not just my imagination; when a voice said unto me: “Hearken to the voice of the Lord unto you my servant Wesley”.

I wrote the words exactly as they were given, until the wording, “and listen for the voice of my spirit,” when I thought to change the wording. Continue reading