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 Robert C. Crossfield

In the early 1960s, while the two Mormon fundamentalist Priesthood Councils were expanding their influence across the Intermountain West, a new fundamentalist prophet arose in Canada by the name of Robert C. Crossfield.  Born near Alberta in 1929, Crossfield was converted to the LDS Church in 1950 at age 21.  To his apparent amazement, he received an “unexpected” revelation in the Spring of 1961,[1] wherein the Lord told him: “I have chosen thee to be a prophet unto this people.”[2]  Later Crossfield would be called to “take up where My servant Joseph [Smith] left off.”[3]  

In the months following his first revelation, other scriptures were received condemning LDS Church leaders: “For there have been many false prophets in My church.”[4]  “Beware even the [current] President of My church, even David O. McKay, for he pretendeth revelation, but he doth know and I your Savior know he receiveth no revelation.”[5]  In 1968 twenty-three of Crossfield's revelations were compiled and published as The Book of Onias.[6]  One follower explained:  "The name Onias was a family name of the Prophet, several of [Robert C. Crossfield's] paternal ancestors had it as a first name."[6A] 

Despite his criticisms of the Church and Church leaders, he was not excommunicated until 1972.  Three years later in 1975 Robert C. Crossfield received a revelations that stated: “The whole of My church called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hath gone out of the way and there are but few that doeth good and humbleth themselves before me.”[7]  Another  revelation received the previous year corroborated the Lorin Woolley 1886 ordinations: “I called men by the hand of My servant John Taylor, they were instructed only to preserve My doctrine of the New and Everlasting Covenant of Marriage...”[8]  In 1977 he dictated a customized scripture to Ogden Kraut.[9]

Through associations with Mormon fundamentalists in Creston, British Columbia, Canada, Robert C. Crossfield became familiar with Leroy Johnson and Rulon Jeffs and was initially well received.  In 1980 he moved to the United States and two years later established his own “School of the Prophets.”  The “School of the Prophets” was presided over by a President and six counselors,[10] Ron and Dan Lafferty serving as counselors in a local Provo, Utah School of the Prophets in 1984.[11] 

          Within Robert Crossfield’s revelations are unique teachings.  Regarding the Quorum of Twelve Apostles he wrote: “It is expedient that ye ordain under My hand a quorum of the twelve apostles for not more than one hundred and forty-four Stakes of my church...  And ye shall ordain quorums of twelve apostles as need arises...”[12]  Concerning the establishment of Zion: “Zion will be set up ‘Four-square’ with four separate organizations, all with Priesthood authority: First the political Kingdom of God; secondly the educational School of the Prophets; thirdly the economic United Order; and fourthly the missionary Church of Christ” (underlining in original).[13]  A united order was started in 1988 and two years later newer revelations were published along with the original Book of Onias as  The Second Book of Commandments.  (The Doctrine and Covenants is considered "First Book of Commandments.")

Precisely who Crossfield proclaims himself to be is unclear.   Followers assert in 2006:  "Our faith is that Brother Crossfield was foreordained to be a Prophet at this time."  "He is a forerunner to the one like unto Moses (D&C 103:15-18) who is coming to bring about the literal regathering [sic] of true Israel into tribes and finally into political Zion."[14]  Yet, his relationship to sealing authority and the "one" man holding the keys of the priesthood (D&C 132:7, D&C 128:11) is undefined as well as his beliefs in the identity of the "one" man.  Crossfield's assertions eventually led to his estrangement from the Short Creek fundamentalists.  He and a small group of followers maintained their own endowment house and group activities in Salem, Utah until 1999.  Their current location is undisclosed.

Current followers also insist that Brother Crossfield never claimed to have authority from Leroy Johnson and that the arrow on the chart is misleading.  His association with the Colorado City fundamentalists was never close.  See  http://www.2bc.info/pdf/PAC.pdf

 


[1]    .  “A Brief Chronology and History of the School of the Prophets,” prepared by School members, Salem, Utah: United Order Publications, n.d. [2002], 1.

[2]    .  Crossfield, Second Book of Commandments, 3:2.

[3]    .  Ibid., 46:21.  (Written September 1979.)

[4]    .  Ibid., 5:8.  (Written 16 September 1961.)

[5]    .  Ibid., 9:9.  (Written 7 and 11 March 1962.)

[6]    .  Published by the Philosophical Library of New York, 1969.

[6A]  “A Brief Chronology and History of the School of the Prophets,” 1.

[7]    .  Crossfield, Second Book of Commandments, 24:1, 7.  (Written 11 February 1975.)

[8]    .  Ibid., 28:6.  (Written about 1974.)  Followers of Crossfield have written that this revelation did not refer to the ordinations mentioned in Lorin Woolley's recollections [personal communication March 7, 2006].  However, Leroy Johnson, the recipient of the revelation and leader of the Short Creek fundamentalists in 1974, undoubtedly interpreted it as referring to Woolley's 1886 group.  No other alleged ordinations by John Taylor have been promoted by Crossfield or the various Mormon fundamentalist groups.  Regardless, it does not appear that Crossfield believed Woolley's story.

[9]    .  Ibid., 31:31.  (Written 8 March 1977.)  See also 32:9 given to a woman named “Anne” possibly Ogden’s wife Anne B. Wilde.

[10]    .  “A Brief Chronology and History of the School of the Prophets,” 1.

[11]    .  Ibid., 2.  Richard S. Van Wagoner, Mormon Polygamy, p.208

[12]    .  Crossfield, Second Book of Commandments, 18:28, 30.  (Written 23 November 1964.)

[13]    .  Ibid., forward.  See also “A Brief Chronology and History of the School of the Prophets,” 2.

[14]    .  "Priesthood Authority Claim" 1.  Available at http://www.2bc.info/PAC.pdf.  And Email communication with a Crossfield follower, March 7, 2006.  See also Crossfield, Second Book of Commandments, 89:8-11, 91: 55-58.