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Peculiar Treasures: Goodness, Rabbits, Secret Lives, Midwinter, Glad Tidings and You

By Kellie Purcill


Did you know that Pres Uchtdorf spoke recently at the Salt Lake City Inner City Mission, and the transcript of his address is now available online?  “To put it simply, having charity and caring for one another is not simply a good idea. It is not simply one more item in a seemingly infinite list of things we ought to consider doing. It is at the core of the gospel—an indispensable, essential, foundational element.”

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This week’s First Draft Poetry is by Teresa TL Bruce, inspired in part by President Uchtdorf’s address, and the Winter Solstice piece.


daily service hand in hand
alongside my man—my future plan—
(with children grown)
to leave near ones and home,
go far and wide

across earth (or nation)
lifting feeble hands,
holding up Light to blinded, seeking minds,
lightening loads for the burdened,
binding the bruised,
the broken-hearted

pattern, path, and promises clear
for the willing and able—
to give Gospel Light
where dire the need
regardless of creed

Prophets promise. Life does not.

Night fell.
(came the dark)
alteration, revision
recharting myself, not as half but as halved
trusting in Light
(’though unseen in the dark)
compromises …
I improvise …
desperate for Gilead’s salve

No shared service away—not tomorrow, not today.

but Charity begins
(sometimes keeps one)
at home
another pattern crosses
an unplanned path
with promises unclear
yet dear

About Kellie Purcill

lives way on the other side of the planet in her native Australia and gives thanks for the internet regularly. She loves books, her boys, panna cotta, collecting words, being a redhead and not putting things in order of importance when listing items. She credits writing as a major contributing factor to surviving her life with sanity mostly intact, though her (in)sanity level is subject to change without warning.

1 thought on “Peculiar Treasures: Goodness, Rabbits, Secret Lives, Midwinter, Glad Tidings and You”

  1. That poem speaks to my being. As I have been searching for joy amidst unfulfilled dreams, this brings a bit of balm to my soul. Thank you!


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