“Fundamentalist ideologies can be thought of as mental parasites. A parasite does not usually kill the host it inhabits, as it is critically dependent on it for survival. Instead, it feeds off it and changes its behavior in ways that benefit its own existence”
Bobby Azarian, Ph.D.
Mind In The Machine
How Religious Fundamentalism Hijacks the Brain | Psychology Today
The LeBaron Story** and Maud’s Story*** are Mexico-LeBaron revisionist, whitewashed chronicles published to, among other things, misslead unaware people in order to keep or convert new members and progeny to the late Joel F. LeBaron’s Mormon fundamentalist “Church of the Firstborn” — which really was Joel’s and Ervil’s “Church,” — largely Ervil’s brainchild, along with a rich spattering of other Fundi groups’ dogma; including that of their bright brother Wesley’s original ideas which Joel stole, said Wesley,**** to create his own “Church of the Firstborn.”
Joel never gave his brother Wesley nor other fundamentalist groups credit for their ideas that he used to help create his church. But, because it was so obvious to those who had been there from the start, Joel ultimately HAD to admit he could not have gotten his Church off the ground or gained converts were it NOT for his brother Ervil’s ideas and input — his writing and publishing “Priesthood Expounded” and other pamphlets, and otherwise being Joel’s mouthpiece, ” like Aaron was to Moses”!
That’s why Joel would NEVER stand up to what Ervil was doing: He knew his “church” only existed thanks to Ervil’s brains, writing, knowledge of the Scriptures, leadership, preaching talents, motivation, love of power, charisma, schematics, and more!
Contrary to what The LeBaron Story and Maud’s Story would have you believe (so as to make Joel and his father Dayer look like Prophets), it was“Ervil who wrote “Priesthood Expounded”—NOT Joel!
Ervil consorted some with Joel. But Ervil was the family Scriptorian, writer, and aggressor—Joel’s eighteen-months-younger brother who always took away from Joel “everything he ever started or got,” said Joel!
Ervil did the legwork to find the Scriptures and Info needed to back up Joel’s claim to priesthood authority and to create a good dogma for their new sect … and to take over his weaker brother Joel’s initiation of a “Church.” Back in the 1960s, when I was in the LeBaron cult, wiser members in “Joel’s church” observed this.
Joel knew the success of his Church was due to Ervil’s intellectual and personal superiority, writing, and knowledge. It is deceiving to make it sound (as some do today) like those “Priesthood Expounded” words were Joel’s words! But that’s what modern-day Church of the Firstborn followers would have you believe.
Truth is, many of these ideas were gleaned from their oldest brother Ben’s church and teachings that Uncle Wesley later took and built upon as the basis for his own “priesthood authority” and church.
Then Joel took these two older brothers’ ideas, along with others’ ideas, to form his own church and dogma—but Ervil was “the mouthpiece.” (I would love to know how much if any of this “priesthood expounded” stuff actually came from their father Dayer LeBaron. But, to my knowledge, my grandfather Dayer didn’t record anything in writing. Some OM&S prophet he was!)
One of the earliest converts, Noel Pratt, said of the Church of the Firstborn of the Fullness of Times, “It is Ervil in charge of and running everything! It’s Ervil’s Church, not Joel’s!!”
Noel Pratt eventually left the “Cult”/Church of the Firstborn because, after MUCH complaining and effort to get Joel to DO something—take CHARGE of Ervil who was running everything—he got nowhere!
Joel was up in the mountains with his quickly-multiplying family, scrabble farming, etc. … avoiding his brother Ervil as much as he could, codependent though he was; while Ervil was down in the LeBaron colony/Zion running everything like HE was the “profit,” and God to the people. I well remember those days, having lived in Colonia LeBaron from 1960 to 1967!
Suffice it to say, The Mexico-LeBarons didn’t have to wait for the destructions they proclaimed were going to hit the United States: The destructions were already hitting aplenty right there in their OWN back yard!—“E-Vile-Evil-Ervil” was but one example.
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Till next time, be of good cheer; Spring is almost here! ~Stephany Spencer-LeBaron
*messianic: adjective (mes·si·an·ic | \ ˌme-sē-ˈa-nik \Definition of messianic:
1: of or relating to a messiah — this messianic kingdom
2: marked by idealism and an aggressive crusading spirit — messianic zeal/on a messianic mission
** See my “Review of Verlan LeBaron and Esther LeBaron Spencer’s ‘The LeBaron Story’ ” found in my Posts and at this link: https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/stephanyspencer.com/44566
***See: “My Review of Charlotte LeBaron’s ‘Maud’s Story,’ ” found in my Posts and at this link: https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/stephanyspencer.com/6393
**** check out Ross Wesley leBaron’s “Holy Order” page on Facebook
~NOTE: skirt through the posts till you find Dale Van atta’s 1977 interview of Ross Wesley leBaron listed in this site:
https://www.facebook.com › Holy Order › Ross LeBaron and the Church of the First Born … In 1943, Ross Wesley LeBaron published a pamphlet identifying the seven… ….. Esther Melita [Johnson], married David Tully LeBaron, Sr. and they lived in …
Continued March 22, 2019: “Pt 34-D: The Mexico-LeBarons and Their Messianic Missions