Salt Lake City, Utah, has recently been at the center of explosive revelations that have shed light on a bizarre chapter in the life of Tim Ballard, the founder of Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.), and his alleged connections to a psychic who claimed to communicate with the long-deceased prophet Nephi. These revelations, obtained through recently unveiled documents by Vice News, have sparked controversy and led to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints distancing itself from Ballard and his nonprofit organization.
The saga began with the removal of articles promoting Tim Ballard and O.U.R. from the Church’s official platforms. This move was accompanied by a statement released by the Church, condemning Ballard for his “morally unacceptable” behavior and citing betrayal. These actions were in response to shocking documents that have come to light, revealing Ballard’s alleged communication with a psychic medium named Janet Russon, who claimed to speak to the long-deceased prophet Nephi.
According to the documents, these communications served as a source of “intel” for O.U.R.’s paramilitary missions aimed at rescuing children from human trafficking. The ties between Tim Ballard and Elder Ballard, an Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles within the Church, were described as numerous and occasionally bizarre in the documents. There are even allegations that Tim Ballard and an associate represented Elder Ballard as a partner in a for-profit business called Slave Stealers, with the intention of capitalizing on the notoriety gained from their exploits.
The documents further reveal that Tim Ballard claimed that Elder Ballard was closely involved in at least one overseas mission, based on information obtained from the psychic medium. Ballard asserted that the Mormon elder had blessed him and his wife Katherine before the mission and received real-time updates from the field.
One of the most concerning aspects of this revelation is that the psychic medium possessed “somewhere around 10,000 pages” of readings, including purported communications with the long-deceased prophet Nephi. This raised concerns among criminal investigators that donors to O.U.R. would be dismayed to discover that the organization’s operational intelligence allegedly relied on a psychic and the words of a dead Mormon prophet.
The nexus between Russon, Tim Ballard, and the Church itself was a point of interest for investigators. One document describes an interview between an FBI special agent, a Davis County investigator, and a former O.U.R. development director, who remains anonymous. This individual stated that Tim Ballard often claimed to have informed Elder Ballard about various matters, blurring the lines between their relationships.
Additionally, Tim Ballard was reported to have asserted that Elder Ballard was involved in a business venture called Liberty 89, which was linked to restoring America to a covenant with God. These revelations have sent shockwaves through both the Church and the anti-trafficking community, raising questions about the credibility of O.U.R.’s missions, its founder’s associations, and the role of a psychic in guiding paramilitary operations.
Overall, these explosive revelations surrounding Tim Ballard and his alleged connections to a psychic medium have caused controversy and led to a distancing between The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and Ballard’s nonprofit organization. The impact of these documents on the credibility and reputation of O.U.R. and its missions remains to be seen.