Mid-1800s + con artist + claims visits by angels + seer stones + golden plates + a big hat + gullible people = Mormonism.
It boggles my mind that people actually think that Joseph Smith was a prophet. If his claims we made in the 21st Century almost no one would believe him for a second. The term 'con artist' comes to mind when I think of Smith. Why is there such a will, even today, to believe in the absurd?