Ether 9:19

“Ether 9:19,” Friend, Aug. 1996, 40–41

Ether 9:19

And there were elephants and cureloms and cumoms; all of which were useful unto man (Ether 9:19).

If you were walking down the street

And you should chance to see

A curelom and cumom,

What do you suppose they’d be?

The Book of Mormon mentions both,

So there is no cause to doubt them,

But, sad to say, it doesn’t tell us

Very much about them.

Did they have trunks like elephants,

Or hooves like a gazelle?

Did they have a llama’s fluffy coat,

Or perhaps a turtle’s shell?

Did cumoms fly like eagles?

Did they swim like killer whales?

Did they have beaks or mandibles

Or fins or scales or tails?

Did children of the Jaredites

Implore their dads and moms

To let them go out riding

On the backs of cureloms?

Did they have stripes like tigers,

Or spots like a dalmatian?

For now, the way they looked is left

To our imagination!

Their names, that they were helpful

Is all Moroni tells us,

So your guess about their looks is just

As good as anyone else’s!

Illustrated by Dick Brown