Comments on the Book of Mormon Witnesses : A Response to Jerald and Sandra Tanner
Journal of Book of Mormon Studies
Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship
This is a reply to an article from the Tanners which claimed that the Book of Mormon witnesses' later lives cast doubt on their testimony of the Book of Mormon. The Tanners had picked up on a comment from Brigham Young that some of the witnesses had doubted. Roper claims that BY wasn't refering specifically to the 11 witnesses, but to others who had received some sort of witness. There are sections specifically devoted to Cowdery, Whitmer and Harris and to B. H. Roberts. Last section tries to show how the Tanners use partial quotes and lines out of context to mislead.