Originally Posted by *Blitzkreig*
Basically, it was started by a con artist who claimed that he had the true message of God. He created the book of mormon, therefore making it cult-like and not a branch of Christianity. Joseph Smith (the man who started it all) did it primarily for the money.
Agreed. It originated in Palmyra about 10 minutes from me in upstate NY. The entire thing is incredibly cult oriented and the people are very strange. They do run it like a business though. Always selling something and always holding big money making events. Members are also required to donate a certain amount every year.