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Hyrum Smith's Sunglasses +9 More Treasures in the Church History Museum


Martin Harris’s Wallet

Hyrum Smith's Sunglasses +9 More Treasures at the Church History Museum

Martin Harris is a name most members of the Church recognize from early LDS history. Not only for his involvement with the 116 lost pages but just as significantly for his substantial monetary donation towards printing the Book of Mormon. Mortgaging his farm for the equivalent of $67,000 today, Harris family history claims that he took that money to the printer in this exact wallet.

Martin later sold 151 acres of land to pay off the debt. And though later events led to temporary separation from the Church, he never denied his testimony of the book of scripture he helped translate and print.

This item is found in the A New Scripture section of the exhibit. Click here for the full story on history.lds.org.

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