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: Interview to Dale Van Atta, 1977

In 1977, as the murderous acts of Ross LeBaron’s brother Ervil gained international attention, journalist Dale Van Atta did some research on the priesthood claims of the LeBaron family. Van Atta later co-authored a book on Ervil LeBaron and his crimes. The following file can be found among Van Atta’s research papers at the SpecialContinue reading “Ross LeBaron: Interview to Dale Van Atta, 1977”

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”

Ross LeBaron: The Heir of Joseph Smith

REVELATION given to Ross W. LeBaron, at East Mill Creek, Utah, in the spring of 1940. While walking home, a distance of about two miles, I was praying to know whether it was the Lord’s will that my sister Lucinda should marry John Butchereit or not. My father would not give his consent, but IContinue reading “Ross LeBaron: The Heir of Joseph Smith”

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”

DeWayne Hafen: Ross LeBaron and the Father as a Servant

“He never, at any time I’m aware of, ever depended upon those who followed him to support him”, states DeWayne Hafen. An adopted son of Ross LeBaron, Hafen talks about why his priesthood leader lived in a storage shed and didn’t collect money from his followers, and reflects on the relationship with his own adoptedContinue reading “DeWayne Hafen: Ross LeBaron and the Father as a Servant”

Joann Knight: Reminiscences of Ross LeBaron

Joann Knight met Ross W. LeBaron in 1960. “He was a real good dancer and I really enjoyed dancing”, she recollects. She also thought he was “weird” and “had strange ideas” which later she got used to¹. A decade later, Joann was sealed to Ross. She defined her husband as “a gentleman” and “a wonderfulContinue reading “Joann Knight: Reminiscences of Ross LeBaron”

Robert Black: The Church of the Firstborn, Temple Ordinances and the AUB

Robert Rey Black was an associate of Ross W. LeBaron in The Church of the Firstborn. In the following essay, Black recollects his interactions with the presiding council of the Apostolic United Brethren (AUB) over temple ordinances, in 1978. Black claims that, under the authority of Ross LeBaron, he attempted to teach and perform theContinue reading “Robert Black: The Church of the Firstborn, Temple Ordinances and the AUB”

Steve McKinley: Ross LeBaron’s Teachings on Agency

“Steve, do you know why the planets stay in orbit?,” Ross LeBaron asked. In this interview, Steve McKinley tells about meeting Ross LeBaron for the first time and his teachings about agency. Reference McKinley, Steve. Interview given to Antonio Trevisan on April 11, 2014.

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 hadContinue reading “The Improvement Era: Excommunication of Ross LeBaron and Thelma Cox, 1944”