Joseph Smith and the people he spiritually led were desciminated against.
What I have learned is that Mormons are in fact Christians. Joseph Smith was a prophet contacted by God and that is not unlike what I have seen in other Christian faiths. In the Catholic Church there have been sitings of the blessed Virgin Mary. Many recent.
I know that it is hard for some Christians to accept Mormons as Christian but at this time in my study I see little dramatic difference.
Follow Christ. That is the bottom line.
I continue my path towards priesthood and mormon education.