(May 18, 1783 – July 10, 1875) was an early convert to the Latter Day Saint movement who underwrote the first printing of the Book of Mormon and also served as one of Three Witnesses who testified that they had seen the golden plates from which Joseph Smith said the Book of Mormon had been translated.
(September 29, 1820 - February 14, 1889) was a Mormon pioneer, LDS Church leader, early Utah horticulturalist, and early colonizer of Harrisville, Utah (for whom the community was named) and Fort Lemhi, Idaho.
03.09.2012 [Evenimentul Zilei] - Un fermier din New York, pe nume MartinHarris, s-a arătat interesat de ideile lui Smith si a finantat publicarea cărtii, nu înainte însă de a-i verifica autenticitatea. Pentru aceasta, Harris a dus copiile făcute de Smith după tablele de aur, la
31.08.2012 [Salt Lake Tribune] - Don Bradley is writing a master's thesis on a portion of the Book of Mormon that was stolen from LDS Church founder Joseph Smith's sometime scribe, MartinHarris, in 1828 and never recovered. Though these "lost 116 pages," as they have come to be known
BE IT KNOWN unto all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people, unto whom this work shall come: That we, through the grace of God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, have seen the plates which contain this record, which is a record of the people of Nephi, and also of the Lamanites, their brethren, and also of the people of Jared, who came from the tower of which hath been spoken. And we also know that they have been translated by the gift and power of God, for his voice hath declared it unto us; wherefore we know of a surety that the work is true. And we also testify that we have seen the engravings which are upon the plates; and they have been shown unto us by the power of God, and not of man. And we declare with words of soberness, that an angel of God came down from heaven, and he brought and laid before our eyes, that we beheld and saw the plates, and the engravings thereon; and we know that it is by the grace of God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ,… Book of Mormon, 1830 …