Finding Cumorah

    “Finding Cumorah,” New Era, Sept. 2009, 49

    Finding Cumorah

    Manchester County, New York, 1823

    Late September

    washes a season’s green

    beyond field and village

    and age seventeen;

    only leaves rinsed in afterglow

    stir at Joseph’s homespun


    He once knelt in

    April grove,

    drenched with that glory

    of Father and Son.

    Then summer

    wove roots through

    his harrowed soul

    as those parched by mockery

    claimed the heavens


    Autumn wind

    shimmers into the trees,

    quickening vision

    of his pending task;

    these hands will

    lift voices

    silenced by stone,

    fullness like morning

    tide gathering


    Photo by Welden Andersen