Most people know Martin Harris was one of the three witnesses and saw the ancient Book of Mormon plates. He also was a scribe for Joseph Smith, and was the principal financier of the publishing of the Book of Mormon.

Martin Harris was an interesting figure in the early history of the church. Below are three facts about him that you probably did not know . . .

1. Martin Harris’ first wife, Lucy, was also his first cousin

Might seem strange to us now, but apparently it was an acceptable practice during the time in which they lived.

2. After his excommunication, Martin Harris associated with many different belief traditions and splinter groups from the “Brighamites”

Among these groups were the Strangites, Whitmerites, Gladdenites, Williamites, as well as Shakers. But even before he originally joined the church, Harris belonged to at least 5 different denominations and faith traditions.

3. Martin Harris was a named character in the 2003 episode of South Park “All About Mormons“.

You can learn more about David Whitmer, Oliver Cowdery, and Martin Harris in Witnesses, an epic true story of how Harris, Cowdery and Whitmer became witnesses to the gold plates from which Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon.

Their statement of what occurred, and its veracity, has been published with every copy of the Book of Mormon since 1830. Many people know the story contained in their statement, but not many know the full story on how they became witnesses or why they chose to leave the church they were intimately involved in creating.

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