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”

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”

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”

Ross LeBaron: Keys Given to Joel LeBaron

There are three 60-year periods in Mormonism.  One for Joseph Smith. One for Oliver Cowdery or Hyrum Smith, because they both held the same keys. The third 60-year period relates to the keys given in the Nauvoo temple after the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum. These keys were kept secret. These are keys of theContinue reading “Ross LeBaron: Keys Given to Joel LeBaron”

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”

Ross LeBaron and Joseph Musser

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 followingContinue reading “Ross LeBaron and Joseph Musser”

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. 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. FromContinue reading “Ross LeBaron: Orders of the Priesthood”

Articles of Incorporation of The Holy Order of God

Articles of Incorporation Corporate Sole Of 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 shallContinue reading “Articles of Incorporation of The Holy Order of God”

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”