The religion of Mormons has a rich and often confusing history. Even if we start from the beginning you might still find yourself a little lost so we will keep things simple. The religion was established by Joseph Smith, Jr in the early 1820's when he was visited by an angel (Moroni) who told him to dig up the Golden Plates (the bible) that was buried near his home (at that time) in western New York. The ancient "invisible" metal plates could only be read with seer stones and could then be translated by the leader of the religion. I am not even going to get into the special underwear
quite yet to keep things as simple as possible. This is pretty much how it all started.