Historical Point of View:
Mormonism began during the period of history when breaking away from conformity, and exploring frontiers was beginning to be very prevalent. Many new religions had broken away from Catholicism. America had just broken away from the British empire. Historically, Mormons felt that religions of the day were not correct, and from their own views, "pioneered" a new religion, and even "pioneered" the western frontier to escape persecution, and tried to establish the ideal society. Mormons, from a historical point of view, could easily be a natural development of the ideas and philosophies of the time period.
Views of what a Mormon should be:
There are many in the world, and some in the church, that might have the view that Mormons should be "perfect" or a "goody-two-shoes". We hear terms such as "Molly Mormon" and "Peter Priesthood". Mormonism, in this view, is a type of conformity to a style.
Today, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is doing a wonderful job of showing the world that Mormons are not all the same. In fact, we are real people. What makes us different is that we have a strong belief in Jesus Christ and the Gospel, which brings us much peace and joy in a world of turmoil today. Check out this video for instance:
Definitely not your "typical Mormon" that many would think of. I love how the Church is promoting these videos. It shows that Mormons are human, that they have regular lives, but that they find more purpose, joy, peace, and fulfillment in life because they also follow Jesus Christ.
Now it's your turn: What do you think a Mormon is?