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.

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Resurrection, by Andrea Mantegna (1431-1506). The Louvre

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. From the time of Moses the thinking mind has repeatedly SAID; “HOLY PRIESTHOOD after the ORDER OF THE SON of GOD”. Moses held it, Christ held it, and Joseph Smith held it.

The time has come for people to RE-THINK. THE SETTING IN ORDER will take place by those who obey the LAWS of the PRIESTHOOD.

It is impossible to obey the laws, unless one understands the KEYS of the PRIESTHOOD. Continue reading

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 norms” (p. 04).

Ogie’s Cafe, in Salt Lake City, Utah used by Ross LeBaron and associates for “priesthood meetings” | Photo: Antonio Trevisan

The Crafting of a New Religious Movement

In order to teach students the intricacies encapsulated in a “full-fledged” religion, Catherine Albanese has developed a system of four Cs: Code, Community, Creed, and Cultus.[1]  The first category, Code, embraces the notion that religions necessarily introduce a system of morals and ethics by which adherents make life decisions.  The second category, Community, includes social structure and hierarchy, as well as the manner in which believers relate to the non-believing world.  The third category, Creed, includes not simply a formal statement of belief, but a discussion of beliefs and theology embraced by the community of believers.  Finally, the fourth category, Cultus, is a technical word simply meaning ritual which embraces both formal ceremony and the practice of the believers. (For example, this includes informal prayer, the study of scripture, and sermonizing.)  In this section, Albanese’s convenient system is used in order to study the religion developed by Ross Wesley LeBaron.  Yet, before we discuss the basic four categories introduced above, a fifth C of particular usefulness when studying Mormon traditions – the claim – is presented. Continue reading

Ross LeBaron: Reincarnation

michelangelo-abstract-boy-child-73805In order to understand priesthood, we must realize we have existed forever, space is endless, and there is an infinite number of gods in space. It’s all organized to some degree, but it’s also going through process and change.

The one big stumbling block in the world today is people do not understand resurrection. They do not realize that every form of resurrection of flesh is reincarnation by definition. Continue reading