They're both cults started by con men who liked to tell crazy stories as a way to fleece people out of their money. L Ron Hubbard was a failed sci-fi writer who found he could make more money by inventing his own religion. He spent most of his later life on a boat fleeing prosecution for scamming people. Joseph Smith came up with some crazy stories about magic rocks, and the indians really being Jews from Israel or something. He used that make himself mayor of his own town and take multiple (often underage) wives until he was killed by an angry mob for being a douchebag. It seems to me like they're both pretty much the same thing, just from different time periods, and you'd have to be pretty goddamn retarded to believe either one of them. Scientology has Tom Cruise and Mormonism has Glenn Beck. They're two of the biggest nutjobs I can think of, so take your pick I guess. I guess I'd have to go with Scientology being dumber and crazier though. The stuff about Xenu and Thetans is just so out there. You'd have to be touched in the head or high on something to believe it, which I guess is why it's so popular with celebrities. I laughed pretty hard the first time I heard what they believe. That anyone could listen to that with a straight face, let alone believe it is beyond perplexing to me. It seems way more retarded to me than magic rocks and polygamy.