If I had a Book of Mormon Broadway show

Photo of a Feathered Headdress

by Theric Jepson


If I had a Book of Mormon Broadway show,

Abish would get a glittery gown

and narrate the whole thing because

golly but I admire her.


Or, to be honest, I feel like her.

I too sit and watch and would rather

be invisible than the hero of the story. I don’t want

to step in and prevent disaster.


On stage she will sing of the remarkable vision

of her father and give a full biography of Samuel

and she will show her audience that,

outside the propaganda, her people were pretty great too.


By the end she won’t look embarrassed anymore

to be covered in sequins. She’ll don a feathered headdress

and sing and dance and make us forget

the tens of thousands lying about her in blood and bone.


Christopher D. Cunningham is the managing editor for Public Square Magazine and contributor to Third Hour. He loves emphatically celebrating the normal healthy development of his sons Albus and Whitman, writing about the Church of Jesus Christ, finding the middle ground on most controversies, and using Western Family generic brand lip balm. Christopher is a proud graduate of Brigham Young University-Idaho, and a resident of San Antonio, Texas.