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”

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”

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”

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 Fulness of the Priesthood

The fulness of the priesthood and his ordination by his father in 1950 are explained by Ross W. LeBaron in the following excerpt of Priesthood Expounded. THE FULNESS OF THE PRIESTHOOD D. & C. 124:28 To understand the doctrine of the priesthood, it is necessary to have the knowledge that Adam is God, and that heContinue reading “Ross LeBaron: The Fulness of the Priesthood”