There is not a single non-Mormon scientist in the world that I’m aware of that even entertains the notion that so much as a single Jew sailed over to America in 600 BC. Mormon archeological and historical claims are similarly without merit, lacking non-Mormon, objective verification. Smith himself was unable to produce the fabled “Golden Plates,” on which The Book of Mormon was ostensibly inscribed, to a skeptical audience--a move that should make believers in his word further question his legitimacy.
I’m not trying to argue this because I think Mormonism is wrong and some other religion is right. The truth is that, deep down at their core, all religions make spurious claims about reality. As I said in my earlier article, that is what makes all religions suspect. In this, Mormonism is hardly unique.