Was Ross LeBaron a Mormon Fundamentalist?

“I have been associated with the Fundamentalists since 1936” – Ross Wesley LeBaron wrote to Fundamentalist leader Margarito Bautista in December 1958 – “but have stood a hundred percent on my own feet.”[1] Almost 27 years later, LeBaron would give a more detailed – and probably more honest – account of his early association withContinue reading “Was Ross LeBaron a Mormon Fundamentalist?”

Ross LeBaron: Priesthood Expounded, 1985

Priesthood Expounded is the last tract published by Ross LeBaron during his lifetime. It contains, among other themes, his views on the different orders of the priesthood, his belief in the Adam-God doctrine and reincarnation, as well as an explanation of the coming of Elijah to the Nauvoo temple, an event LeBaron believed was essentialContinue reading “Ross LeBaron: Priesthood Expounded, 1985”

Articles of Faith of the Church of the Firstborn

ARTICLES OF FAITH of THE CHURCH OF THE FIRST-BORN 1. We believe in Michael, the Eternal Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ, and in Joseph Smith, the Witness or Testator. 2. We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam`s transgression; for He partook of mortality, that He mightContinue reading “Articles of Faith of the Church of the Firstborn”

Ross LeBaron and Robert Eaby: Proclamation On The 8th Dispensation

PROCLAMATION….. Be It Known To The Saints Of The Most High: As of February 27, in the year of our Lord 1968, the Seventh Dispensation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the children of men, along with the keys, power, authority and ordinances pertaining thereto is terminated; and the Eighth Dispensation of the GospelContinue reading “Ross LeBaron and Robert Eaby: Proclamation On The 8th Dispensation”

Ross LeBaron: Keys of The Priesthood

  THE KEYS OF THE PRIESTHOOD “What are the keys of the priesthood”?  “This generation is not worthy to know”.  John Taylor. Neither is this generation. Ross W. LeBaron. There is a very good reason why the orders of the priesthood were not taught in plainness. All one has to do is to look aroundContinue reading “Ross LeBaron: Keys of The Priesthood”

Robert Eaby: Ten Weeks of Enoch

Dispensationalism is a Christian concept that became an essential part of Joseph Smith’s theology, and of many, if not most branches of the Mormon tradition. According to that view, the interaction between the Deity and humankind has had different eras or periods throughout history, each having its own characteristics and being led by a mortal “head”, andContinue reading “Robert Eaby: Ten Weeks of Enoch”

Ross LeBaron: Joseph Smith, the Holy Ghost

REVELATION given to Ross W. LeBaron, at Kingman, Ariz., April 1940. At the time I was working for Uncle Conway LeBaron. He was painting the Masonic temple there. He read to me a small tract or leaflet, on the attributes of the Holy Ghost published by the Church. It stated that the Holy Ghost wasContinue reading “Ross LeBaron: Joseph Smith, the Holy Ghost”

Ross LeBaron: The Fulness of the Priesthood

The fulness of the priesthood and his ordination by his father in 1950 are explained by Ross W. LeBaron in the following excerpt of Priesthood Expounded. THE FULNESS OF THE PRIESTHOOD D. & C. 124:28 To understand the doctrine of the priesthood, it is necessary to have the knowledge that Adam is God, and that heContinue reading “Ross LeBaron: The Fulness of the Priesthood”

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. 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 OliverContinue reading “Ross LeBaron: The Nauvoo Restoration”

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 orthodoxContinue reading “Christopher Blythe: The Crafting of a New Religious Movement”