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

Edsil Allred: Patriarchal Blessing of Ross LeBaron, 1934

Central, Arizona   February 9, 1934 Blessing, given by Patriarch Edsil Myron Allred on the head of Ross Wesley LeBaron, son of Alma Dayer LeBaron and Maud LeBaron, born November 16, 1914, in Overton, Nevada. Dear Wesley: In the name of the Redeemer of Israel, I place my hands upon your head and give unto you … Continue reading Edsil Allred: Patriarchal Blessing of Ross LeBaron, 1934

Steve McKinley: Ross LeBaron On The Endowment

Steve McKinley recollects a conversation with Ross W. LeBaron about the endowment in 1995. The "ambiguous answer" given by Ross, according to Steve, made him "feel better about the changes [made by the LDS Church] in the endowment". He says he realized that "the reason the endowment was taken away by the Lord was because … Continue reading Steve McKinley: Ross LeBaron On The Endowment

The Improvement Era: Excommunication of Ross LeBaron and Thelma Cox, 1944

In its November 30, 1944 edition, The Improvement Era announced the excommunication of Ross Wesley LeBaron and his wife Thelma Elena Cox LeBaron. Their names were part of a list of 33 men and women who had been excommunicated from the LDS Church in the previous months of 1944. The Church magazine stated they had … Continue reading The Improvement Era: Excommunication of Ross LeBaron and Thelma Cox, 1944

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

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