This talk was given in April 1999. You can find the talk here and watch below.
Ample opportunities presented themselves for each of the 3 witnesses to deny or deviate from their public testimonies. They never did. 1837 brought the Kirtland bank problems. Martin was excommunicated at this time. He was rebaptized in 1842. Martin stayed in Kirtland till 1870, looking after the Kirtland Temple. In 1870 he moved to Utah at the age of 87.
There is hope for each of us, even if we’ve strayed from a favored position.
FYI: Dallin H. Oaks is a descendant of Martin Harris’ older brother, Emer Harris. Harris is Elder Oaks’ middle name. Elder Oaks provides personal insight into the life of Martin Harris.