As many of you will recall, Shannon Caldwell Montez joined us on Mormon Stories Podcast in July, 2020 to tell us her own story, as well as to tell us the story of B.H. Roberts – the LDS Church historian and General Authority who was tasked to answer problems about Book of Mormon historicity, only to lose his testimony of the Book of Mormon as a historical document.
During the B.H. Roberts episode we learned about a series of all-day meetings B.H. Roberts had in January, 1922 with the LDS Church First Presidency, Quorum of 12 Apostles, and the Quorum of 70 to discuss these Book of Mormon problems in-depth. Ultimately, Shannon shows in her thesis that the LDS church leadership was both unprepared and unwilling to address the problems Roberts presented – resulting in much disappointment and frustration for Roberts.
In this follow-up interview with Shannon, we review evidence addressing the question as to whether or not Mormon General Authority and church historian B.H. Roberts lost his testimony of the Book of Mormon as a historical document.
Resources Mentioned in the Podcast Include:
- Shannon’s Thesis: The Secret Mormon Meetings of 1922
- B.H. Roberts and the Book of Mormon by Thomas G. Alexander in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought
- B.H. Roberts’s Studies of the Book of Mormon by Brigham D. Madsen in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought
- “Is There Any Way to Escape These Difficulties?”: The Book of Mormon Studies of B.H. Roberts by George D. Smith in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought.
- Mr. Couch and Elder Roberts, by Richard F. Keeler in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought.
- View of the Hebrews by Mormon Handbook
- Remembering B.H. Roberts by Sterling M. McMurrin in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought.
- Defending the Keystone: An Overview of the Arguments For and Against View of the Hebrews as a Possible Source for the Book of Mormon by Madison U Sowell in Sunstone Magazine
- MormonThink B.H. Roberts Quotes
- B.H. Roberts’ Secret Manuscript by Jerald and Sandra Tanner
- Terryl Givens Misrepresents B.H. Roberts by Rollo Tomasi
- B.H. Roberts Book Stirs Controversy by Ron Bitton in Sunstone Magazine
- The Works of B.H. Roberts on Project Gutenberg