Ross LeBaron: Letter to Margarito Bautista, 1958

"Lehi was evidently the first-born of Manasseh; for he followed the patriarchal pattern[,]" wrote Ross LeBaron about the Book of Mormon patriarch. "His youngest son held the right of the first-born (evidently of the tribe of Manasseh). Lehi was patriarch to a new world, Jacob priest, and Nephi King." A Mormon Fundamentalist, Margarito Bautista had … Continue reading Ross LeBaron: Letter to Margarito Bautista, 1958

Ross LeBaron: Open Letter to Francis M. Darter

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 the … Continue reading Ross LeBaron: Open Letter to Francis M. Darter

Ross LeBaron: Interview to Dale Van Atta, 1977

As the murderous acts of his brother Ervil gained international attention, Ross Wesley LeBaron was interviewed by journalist Dale Van Atta in June, 1977. Van Atta later co-authored a book on Ervil LeBaron and his crimes. According to Ross, the violence was over ownership of land in Mexico, as was well as a Cain-and-Abel war … Continue reading Ross LeBaron: Interview to Dale Van Atta, 1977

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

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

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 Oliver … Continue 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 orthodox … Continue reading Christopher Blythe: The Crafting of a New Religious Movement