Pt 35-A: Alma Dayer LeBaron, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and “Who Got the Button?”

Pt 35-A: Alma Dayer LeBaron and Lou Gehrig's Disease Maud Lucinda McDonald LeBaron, Joel Franklin LeBaron, and Alma Dayer LeBaron  "A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take." Cardinal Mermillod Joel Franklin LeBaron -- namesake of his Great-uncle Joel Johnson, Benjamin Franklin Johnson's oldest brother --…

Pt 34: A-P: The Mexico-LeBaron Madmen and Their Messianic Missions

Pt 34-A: Esther LeBaron Spencer, The Mexico LeBarons, and Hearing Voices The young and the old of my Grandpa, Alma Dayer LeBaron "There is only one way to bring a child upin the way he should goand that is to travel that way yourself."Abraham Lincoln IF it's true Grandpa Dayer's grandfather B.F. Johnson held a special…

Pt 34-P: Benjamin F. Johnson’s Bro, Joel Johnson: Creativity and Bipolar Disorder

Famous Poet, Pioneer, and Mormon Hymn Writer, my G.G.-Uncle Joel H. Johnson, Brother of BFJ While growing up, Mother talked about her amazing Great-grandfather B.F. Johnson -- amazing not only because he was one of the American West's and Mormondom's early pioneer heroes (he helped forge the last frontier, Utah); but also because he figured…

Pt 34-O: Great-great-grandfather Benjamin F. Johnson and Familial Bipolar Disorder

"The First Command was to 'Multiply.' The Prophet taught us that Dominion & Power in the great future would be comensurate with the no [number] of 'Wives, Childin & Friends' that we inheret here. And that our great mission to earth was to Organize a Neculi of Heaven to take with us. To the increase…

Pt 34-N: The LeBaron Madmen: Button, Button: Who Got the Button?

Pt 34-N: The LeBaron Madmen: Button, Button: Who Got the Button? Pt 34-N: The LeBaron Madmen: Button, Button: Who Got the Button? The above Photo shows five of the seven "Mexico-LeBaron madmen", Mother's brothers, who claimed to be "The One Mighty and Strong" at one time or another in their life. From left to right,…

Pt 34-M: The Mexico-LeBaron Madmen and Button, Button: Who’s Got the Button?

Pictured are five of the seven "One Mighty & Strong" LeBaron Boys (left to right): Verlan, Floren, Ervil, Joel, and Alma “Polygamy: Where a Prophet/Profit is made by fleecing his sheep!” ~Rebecca Kimbel Cont. from Pt 34-L: I left off last week stating: At one time, my uncle's Ben, Wesley, Joel, AND Ervil were ALL…

Pt 34-L: The LeBaron Madmen: Button, Button: Who’s Got the Button?

My Brilliant Uncle Ben Gone Bonkers Instrumental:A memoir of madness, medication, and musicJames Rhodes In blog "Pt 34-J," I discussed the novelty of my Grandpa Dayer LeBaron and his son Ben -- and probably his son Ross Wesley Sr., too [1] -- holding concurrently the Johnson mantle/Right of the Firstborn/OM&S scepter of power.That's not only…

Pt 34-K: The LeBaron Madmen: Button, Button: Who’s Got the Button?

Musician, Writer, and Mormon Fundi, Esther LeBaron-McDonald Spencer "Whether your memoir ever gets published isn't finally the point. There are many good reasons for writing that have nothing to do with getting published. Whatever we call the form–autobiography, memoir, personal history, Family history–writing about one's life is a powerful human need."Writers are the custodians of memory, and…

Pt 34-J: The LeBaron Madmen: Button, Button: Who’s Got the Button?

My Grandpa Alma Dayer LeBaron's five youngest sons, "The Mexico-LeBaron Boys:" Left to right: Floren, Alma, Verlan, Joel, and Ervil "Now, I don't go along with either Joel's movement or Verlan's movement or Ervil's; and now there's a Floren, another brothren, and he's trying to start a movement."Ross Wesley LeBaron Sr.(Alma Dayer LeBaron's second-oldest son)…

Pt 30-33: The Mexico-LeBarons: Bipolar Issues Vs. Incest

Pt 30-33: The Mexico-LeBarons: Bipolar Issues Vs. Incest Pt 30: My Mama Esther LeBaron Spencer, Me, and Mental Illness My parents in 1964 with 13 of their 14 children "A mother's love for her childis like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity; it dares all things, and crushes down remorselesslyall that stands…

Pt 34-I: The LeBaron Madmen: Button, Button, Who’s Got the Button?”

Hangdog-face Pedo-plyg Alex Joseph with his 12-year-old child bride---part of his harem [1] "I was once the world's greatest polygamist and I got cut out by Alex Joseph. He is smarter than I am. He's got more wives than I have ... He's in the herb business ... Ginseng ..."Ross Wesley LeBaron [2] I left…

Pt 34-G: The Mexico-LeBaron Madmen: Button, Button, Who’s Got the Button?”

Incest Pedo-Plyg Ross Wesley LeBaron, Jr. with wife Diana Leany [1] Cousin Owen LeBaron, and (?) "POLYGAMY:  Paid for primarily by your tax dollars!"Rebecca Kimbel "Religions are the smelters and founders of imagination. The more any religion’s imagination—Hindu, Christian, Jewish, Muslim [Mormon], Buddhist—is shaped in an isolated bubble, or in a dark cave, the more…

A Farewell to Floren McDonald LeBaron, The Last of “The Mexico-LeBarons”

The Last of The LeBarons Floren McDonald LeBaron, "The Last of the Mexico-LeBarons" "THE BEST IS YET TO COME!"(Floren's favorite saying) *I INTERRUPT MY SCHEDULED BLOGS TO BRING YOU THIS BELATED BUT HEARTFELT HEADLINE: On February 17, 2019, two months before his 92nd birthday, Mother's second-youngest full-blooded sibling, Floren McDonald LeBaron — the last of…

“Pt 34-E: The Mexico-LeBarons: Button, Button: Who’s Got the Button?”

My great-great-grandfather Benjamin Franklin Johnson/BFJ, Mormon Pioneer, Patriarch, and Prophet Joseph Smith's Power of Attorney "And it shall come to pass that I, the Lord God, will send one mighty and strong, holding the sceptre of power in his hand, clothed with light for a covering, whose mouth shall utter words, eternal words; while his…

Pt 34-D: The Mexico LeBarons and Their Messianic Missions

Benjamin F. Johnson, Joseph Smith's brother-in-law, confidant, and early Mormon pioneer “One cannot change what one refuses to look at. Understanding their point of view, their position, and how they got that way is a beginning.”REBECCA KIMBEL My uncle Joel Franklin LeBaron wasn't much different from his father Alma Dayer who, before him, claimed to…

Pt 34-C: The Mexico-LeBarons: Their Messianic Missions

Pt 34-C: The Mexico-LeBarons: Their Messianic Missions (1) Joseph Smith, Benjamin F Johnson, Alma Dayer LeBaron, and Joel Franklin LeBaron “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…

Pt 34-B: The Mexico-LeBarons and Their Messianic Missions”

Mormon pioneer and polygamist Benjamin F. Johnson, Dayer LeBaron's grandfather, and Joseph Smith's confidant and brother-in-law “A wise person once said that people see what they want to see. That seems to be especially true in religion! Many of them just can't resist trying to shine brighter than the rest; even if the lights aren't…

Pt 34-A: Esther LeBaron Spencer, The Mexico-LeBarons, and Hearing Voices

Pt 34-A: Esther LeBaron Spencer, The Mexico LeBarons, and Hearing Voices The young and the old of my Grandpa Dayer LeBaron "There is only one way to bring a child upin the way he should goand that is to travel that way yourself."Abraham Lincoln IF it's true Grandpa Dayer's grandfather B.F. Johnson said he held a…

Review of Ruth Wariner’s Memoir, “The Sound Of Gravel”

NOTE: The following essay is a Review of The Sound of Gravel, a Memoir by Ruth Wariner, a first cousin of mine. ("Wariner" is Ruth's mother's maiden name. My Uncle Joel LeBaron was Ruth's father.) By Stephany Spencer:I've read once, listened thrice to Ruth Wariner's book/audiobook, The Sound of Gravel. It got higher ratings with each…

My Memoir Introduction: I Was Born a “Saint”– a Slave!

INTRODUCTION I was born some time ago,Way out in the sticks,In a valley of old Mexico,In 1946.(So begins my saga.) “I am conscious that my narrativesavers of incredibility:The fault is in the subject,not in the narrator.”~The City of the Saints,By Richard F. Burton,1861*(Quote borrowed from Irving Wallace'soutstanding biography,"The Twenty-Seventh Wife")1961   The Cards of LifeLife dealt…

My Poem: “In Mexico, Down Past the Rio Grande”

Picnicking in the Canyons above Colonia LeBaron, Chihuahua, Mexico In Mexico, Down Past the Rio Grande by Stephany Spencer Song Version:1— In Mexico, down past the Rio Grande,I buried my diaries in the desert sand;Now they lie lost in a foreign land --Lost in LeBaron when I fled the clan.Lost my poetry in the desert’s…