Well I'm certain your Mormonism is nothing like the one I believe in. And there are other non LDS people that have remarked positively on it:
"Joseph's teachings provide solutions for most, if not all, of the genuine problems and contradictions of the Bible with which scholars have wrestled for generations."
Heikki Raisanen, Finnish theologian, quoted in Edwin O. Haroldsen,
Good and Evil Spoken Of, unpublished article (quoted in Powerful Truths).
News reporter Mathew Davis writing to his wife after hearing Joseph Smith speak in Washington, D.C., on 5 February 1840, to an audience that included members of Congress: [Joseph Smith] is a plain, sensible, strong minded man. Everything he says, is said in a manner to leave an impression that he is sincere. There is no levity, no fanaticism, no want of dignity in his deportment.
During the whole of his address, there was no opinion or belief that he expressed, that was calculated, in the slightest degree, to impair the morals of society, or in any manner to degrade and brutalize the human species. There was much in his precepts, if they were followed, that would soften the asperities of man towards man. His religion appears to be the religion of meekness, lowliness, and mild persuasion.
Throughout his whole address, he displayed strongly a spirit of charity and forbearance. I have changed my opinion of the Mormons. They are an injured and much-abused people.
History of the Church, 4:7879
If the religion is so looney, why is it that the most Mormon of places is also one of the best educated and most peaceful places in the nation. The fruits don't match your caricature.
"If you imagine Provo and Orem as quaint, rural hamlets, consider this: the area is home to more than 80 software companies. This may be the best educated county in all the nation as well." Money, September 1991,p.139
Farmers Insurance recently named Provo the number one most secure metropolitan area in America. Based on crime statistics, risk factors of natural disasters and job loss numbers, Provo was ranked the most secure place to live of metropolitan areas with 200,000 residents or more.
Sparsely populated, landlocked and laced with the deserts, mountains and rugged wilderness regions typical of the American West, Utah is an unlikely place to find people who collectively speak 90% of the world's written languages. Time, "Language The State of Many Tongues"
"It is a unique combination: a linguistically and culturally conscious society that is also computer literate," says ALPNET president Thomas Seal. Time, "Language The State of Many Tongues"