“And it came to pass that [Orihah] also begat Kib in his old age.” (Ether 7:3)
“…nevertheless, Kib begat Shule in his old age…” (7:7)
“…Shule begat sons and daughters in his old age.” (7:26)
“…in his old age Omer begat…” (9:14)
“And it came to pass that Coriantum took to wife, in his old age, a young maid, and begat…” (9:24)
“And Shez did live to an exceedingly old age; and he begat…” (10:4)
“And Morianton did live to an exceedingly great age, and then he begat…” (10:13)
“…and in [Kim’s] old age he begat…” (10:14)
“…and [Levi] did live to a good old age, and begat…” (10:16)
“And [Com] lived to a good old age, and begat…” (11:4)

The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ

We the people will have kings
in the latter days, as we have
from the world’s foundation.
We feel cradled when loyal, seek
warmth from dynasties like suns,
and coddle in turn the exceedingly fair.
As freedom spoils we conjure order,
like astrologers salivating at stars.

And it ever comes to pass that
a land with two kingdoms is a land
where both kingdoms stand accused
of wickedness and idolatry—
a land where all feel aggrieved,
claiming justification for their deeds.

Some think it patriarchy’s folly,
yet I can dream dreams
of a matriarchal world where
a handsome son without title
dances before a princess to gain
her favor and the queen’s head
on a platter.

Though, seers ever have been
men dozing on two stones,
divining with mind’s eye good
old gods who keep the aged
fertile and presiding. Yea,

to do away with evil,
we need only redefine it,
for good is the evil of which
we make a bedfellow. Or so
our fathers say when we throw
them into captivity and cry,
“The kingdom is mine!”

Poet’s Notes:

You can also read Keystone Reflections: Moroni.

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