The Aaronic Order : The Development of a Modern Mormon Sect
Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought
The Aaronic Order is a 400-member millenarian group founded by Maurice L. Glendenning in the early 1930s as the Mormon Church became increasingly oriented toward the middle classes. Many members believe they are lineal descendants of Aaron or Levi of the Old Testament and that they are to perform special religious functions before the second coming of Jesus Christ, which they claim will occur before the year 2000. The order consists of branches in a suburb of Salt Lake City, a congregation in Springville, the Eskdale commune in western Millard County, and a cooperative community called Partoun in western Juab county. By 1975, ideological differences between fundamentalist Protestantism and the Aaronic order led to the expulsion of members thought to be leaning excessively toward Protestantism. This in turn led to a schism in which 25 other members left the order.