Sandra was born January 14, 1941 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Ivan and Georgia McGee. Her parents were married in the Salt Lake Temple. She was baptized into the LDS Church in southern California when she was eight years old. She is a great-great-granddaughter of Brigham Young, the second president of the Mormon Church. Sandra's mother, Georgia Young, is the daughter of Walter Young, son of Apostle Brigham Young, Jr., who was the son of President Brigham Young.
As a teenager Sandra had been challenged by different people and events to examine the origins of Mormonism. On a visit to Salt Lake City in 1959 Sandra was introduced to Jerald Tanner and they soon were jointly involved in research and became engaged. Jerald and Sandra were married in June of 1959 by a minister of a small church in the San Fernando valley. After listening to a Christian radio program Sandra accepted Christ in October of 1959.
The Tanners have lived in Utah since 1960 and are the parents of three grown children. The Tanners gave up belief in the Book of Mormon in 1962 and since then have authored over forty books on Mormonism. They are known for their extensive research into Mormon history and doctrine. At first, the Tanners published their material under the name of Modern Microfilm Co. Then in September of 1982 the Tanners established Utah Lighthouse Ministry, a non-profit organization, as an outreach ministry to the Mormon community.
Jerald went home to be with the Lord on Oct. 1, 2006, after a long battle with Alzheimers. Sandra is a member of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Salt Lake City and is continuing the outreach of Utah Lighthouse Ministry.
Besides their many publications issued by their ministry, they also co-authored the book, The Changing World of Mormonism, 1980, published by Moody Press. In 1998 they contributed a chapter to the book, The Counterfeit Gospel of Mormonism, published by Harvest House. Sandra also contributed three chapters to Mormonism Unmasked, published by Broadman and Holman in 1998, and a chapter for the book, Misguiding Lights?, edited by Stephen Miller, 1991, Beacon Hill Press.
Sandra's personal story is related in the book, Why We Left Mormonism, by Latayne Scott, 1990, by Baker Book. Mrs. Tanner has spoken at many churches and seminars. She has also spoken at a number of colleges, such as Masters College, Trinity, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Alliance Theological Seminary, and taught classes on LDS history and doctrine at Salt Lake Seminary (formerly Utah Institute for Biblical Studies). The Tanners have also been interviewed on various TV and radio shows such as Nightline, the A&E program "City Confidential: Faith and Foul Play in Salt Lake City," The John Ankerberg Show and James D. Kennedy's radio program. Sandra has been interviewed in numerous videos, such as The Godmakers, The Mormon Puzzle and Jesus Christ/Joseph Smith. Sandra is a member of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Salt Lake City and is continuing the outreach of Utah Lighthouse Ministry. www.utlm.org
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