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|Title||Comments on the Book of Mormon Witnesses: A Response to Jerald and Sandra Tanner|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1993|
|Journal||Journal of Book of Mormon Studies|
|Keywords||Anti-Mormon; Apologetics; David Whitmer; Early Church History; Eight Witnesses; Gold Plates; Martin Harris; Oliver Cowdery; Testimony; Three Witnesses; Vision|
Critics of the Book of Mormon frequently claim that some of the Book of Mormon witnesses later doubted or denied their testimony of the Book of Mormon. They also claim that the activities of the Three Witnesses while out of the Church cast doubt upon the reliability of their earlier written testimony. I review evidence for these claims and also discuss the issue of what may constitute a witness of the Book of Mormon and whether the witnesses ever doubted or denied their testimony of the Book of Mormon. Evidence for later disbelief in the Book of Mormon is examined and found to be unpersuasive. Several miscellaneous issues relating to Jerald and Sandra Tanner’s criticisms of the Book of Mormon are also detailed.
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