The elders from the Church of Latter Day Saints visited me a few days ago.
According to them, the world was in a period of darkness until 1820, because
there was no Living Prophet on Earth. Then, Joseph Smith appeared, who
found the Golden Plates
inscribed with the Word of God.
To me, Joseph Smith seems to have been a man of great character.
Whilst people were fighting over possessions and laying claim to material goods
and territory, he stood by the Golden Plates he had been blessed with the
discovery of, and started his Ministry.