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Mormons many things will pop up in your head when this word is mentioned because we all have preconceived ideas about different people and different groups whether we like it or not One way to live with these fears we have about anyone who is different than us is to try and learn more about these people In doing so we understand our differences and are able to work and live together If nothing else this report will inform you and provide a base of knowledge about the Mormons and their difficult path through intolerance and discrimination which has taken them all the way to their current headquarters Utah Joseph Smith a farmers son from upstate New York founded the new religion in Fayette NY in 1830 In 1823 he supposedly had had and was currently having visions of God and other heavenly beings such as the angel Moroni which told him of golden plates bearing a history of ancient America hidden on Hill Cumorah near his fathers farm in upstate Manchester New York The next day Joseph visited Hill Cumorah and saw the golden plates but he was not allowed to possess them He returned to the hill on September 22 in 1824 1825 and 1826 and each time he viewed the plates talked with an angel and cameback empty-handed He was finally allowed to possess these plate and he translated the Reformed Egyptian hieroglyphics Smiths translation of the plates the Book of Mormon describes the history wars and religious beliefs of a group of people living from 600 BC - AD 421 who migrated from Jerusalem to America The Book told the story of the Nephites and other Old Testament people who sailed to North America in ancient times The Nephites lived in a covenant with God went through epic periods of prosperity and privation received a missionary visit from Jesus following the Crucifixion
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