La Mora, Sonora, LeBaron American-Mexican Drug-Cartel Tragedy

La Mora, Sonora: LeBaron-American-Mexican Massacre NOTE:Due to the recent Mexico-LeBaron tragedy, I interrupt my regular-scheduled blog to post the following Memorial. MSN.COM: US Victims in Mexico massacre were tied to family with long history of violence In Memoriam: My condolences to my extended-family members and friends murdered in the recent drug-cartel LaMora, Sonora, Mexico massacre.I'm…

Pt 41-C: Esther LeBaron Spencer and ‘More on’ LeBaron Madness

Pt 41-C: Esther LeBaron Spencer and 'More on' LeBaron Madness Five of the seven "one mighty and strong" Mexico-LeBaron boys, left to right: Verlan, Floren, Ervil, Joel, and Alma “Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.”Blaise Pascal When it comes to my Mexico-LeBaron relatives claiming to…

Pt 41-A: Esther LeBaron Spencer and “More on” LeBaron Madness

Pt 41-A: Esther LeBaron Spencer and "More on" LeBaron Madness My mother Esther LeBaron-McDonald Spencer "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."Ralph Waldo Emerson In "Parts 39--40-B: Esther LeBaron Spencer;Ma, Pa, Me, and Pitfalls of Polygamy," I discussed issues of perfectionism in my grandparents Maud and…

Pt 39–40-E: Esther LeBaron Spencer: Ma, Pa, Me, and Pitfalls of Polygamy

Pt 39: Ma, Pa, Me, And Polygamy on Parade My Mother: beautiful brainiac, talented, Esther LeBaron-McDonald Spencer "What the mother sings to the cradle goes all the way to the coffin."Henry Ward Beecher Our habits of perfectionism are deeply harmful. Perfectionism distracts us and keeps us from moving forward, out of a fear of messing up…

Pt 40-E: Esther LeBaron Spencer: Ma, Pa, Me, and Pitfalls of Polygamy

Pt 40-E: Esther LeBaron Spencer: Ma, Pa, Me, and Pitfalls of Polygamy My beautiful mother Esther LeBaron Spencer, second row, right, in front of our rock house; being arrested during 1953 Short Creek Raid; her then seven kids at front; another in her belly past due. Abraham Lincoln ran on the Republican Platform of ending…

Pt 40-D: Esther LeBaron Spencer: Ma, Pa, Me, and Pitfalls of Polygamy

Pt 40-D: Esther LeBaron Spencer: Ma, Pa, Me, and Pitfalls of Polygamy Circa 1956: My parents and 9 of their ultimately 14 kids; shortly after leaving Short Creek, Arizona to live in nearby Hurricane, Utah Writers do not live one life, they live two. There is the living and then there is the writing. Anaïs…

Pt 40-C: Esther LeBaron Spencer: Ma, Pa, Me, and Pitfalls of Polygamy

1953 Short Creek Raid arrest of my Fundy, 58-year-old father Floyd Otto Spencer; in front of our rock home in Short Creek, Arizona (Courtesy of Utah State Historical Society) Pt 40-C: Esther LeBaron Spencer: Ma, Pa, Me, and Pitfalls of Polygamy UTAH POLYGAMY: PANDORA'S BOXAlthough the box is full of evils, we must remember there…

Pt 40-B: Esther LeBaron Spencer: Ma, Pa, Me, and Pitfalls of Polygamy

Pt 40-B: Esther LeBaron Spencer: Ma, Pa, Me, and Pitfalls of Polygamy Gifted Susan Ray Schmidt was part of my Uncle Verlan LeBaron's harem. After escaping polygamy, she penned the above super memoir. Her writer's voice reads like a 19th-century Jane Austen novel. “The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing…

Pt 35a–38c: More LeBaron- Spencer Family History

Pt 35a--38c: More LeBaron-Spencer Family History “The less people speak of their greatness, the more we think of it.”  ― Francis Bacon Pt 35-A: Alma Dayer LeBaron Lou Gehrig's Diseaseand "Who Got the Button?" Maud Lucinda McDonald LeBaron, Joel Franklin LeBaron, and Alma Dayer LeBaron Sr "A mother is she who can take the place of all others but…

Pt 38-B: Esther LeBaron & Floyd Spencer: Fights, Plights, and Physical Punishment

Pt 38-B: Esther LeBaron & Floyd Spencer: Fights, Plights, and Physical Punishment Silence only benefits the oppressor. Those who love truth, and want to help victims,are open to discussion and want to hear how to help better.” Brenda's Journey:Using Survivor’s Trauma–Help Don’t Harm My beautiful mother, the talented and creative brainiac Esther LeBaron Spencer I…

Pt 37: Memoir of a Plyg: EDIFICATION at Utah’s Hurricane High School

Pt 37: Memoir of a Plyg: EDIFICATION at Utah’s Hurricane High School 1959: Members of my Hurricane, Utah Jr. High School Class (I'm on right, 2nd row from front) He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.That which does not kill us makes us stronger.He who fights with monsters might take…

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

Pt 35-B: Alma Dayer LeBaron, Lou Gehrig's Disease, and "Who Got the Button?" My maternal Grandpa, Mormon fundamentalist Alma Dayer LeBaron Sr. For Mormon fundamentalists, allowing everyone, including people of color and women, to have equal rights, is a sin against God.We were regimentally trained in blind obedience and self-sacrifice from our earliest memories. We…

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

Pt 35-A: Alma Dayer LeBaron Lou Gehrig's Diseaseand "Who Got the Button?" 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…

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*Please note: For some reason, this post is messing up--I'm unable to correct spellings or words; and WordPress Tech Support hasn't been able to solve the problems, either, so far. Pt 30: My Mama Esther LeBaron Spencer, Me, and Mental Illness My parents in 1964 with 13 of…

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 Sr [2] I…

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…

Pt 38-C: Farewell to Floren McDonald LeBaron: The Last of The Mexico-LeBarons

Farewell to Floren McDonald LeBaron: The Last of The LeBarons FLOREN MCDONALD LEBARON The Last FarewellIN MEMORIAM "THE BEST IS YET TO COME!"(Floren's favorite saying)~~~On February 17, 2019, Two months before his 92nd birthday, Floren McDonald LeBaron Left this earthly helm To join his family In a heavenly realm.  Fourth youngest of thirteen children, Floren…

“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…

Pt 19-I: Esther LeBaron Spencer, Me, and More Perils of Polygamy

My Memoir, Part 19-I: Esther LeBaron McDonald de Spencer -- And More Perils of Polygamy Beulah Stephany Spencer-LeBaron in 1972, age 26, and soon to graduate from UCLA after escaping polygamy in 1967!! "Man, created in God's image and likeness, is not just flesh and blood. The sexual instinct is not all that he has: Man is also,…

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…

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…

Memoir: My Hypnotic-Regression “Rebirthing” Session: Nascency in Mexico Down Past the Rio Grande

My Hypnotic-Regression "Rebirthing" Session In 1986, I learned it was possible to be hypnotized and taken back to the moment I was born. Being a curious person undergoing personal growth, self-discovery, and healing, I hired an excellent psychotherapist who specialized in doing psychological “Rebirthings.” Through my hypnotic-regression session, this therapist guided me back to the…

Rebecca Kimbel: Producer and Artist, Ex-Mormon Fundi, Human Rights Advocate, and Community Activist

    Today I'm featuring my highly gifted, amazing Aunt-in-law Rebecca Kimbel. You'll see what I mean when you listen to her YouTube interviews and TED talks; and view her outstanding oil paintings -- also available on YouTube. To make it easier to learn more about her, I copied and pasted, below, some of her online information. But…

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

Picnicking in the Canyons above Colonia LeBaron, Galeana, 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…