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,
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.
(came the dark)
recharting myself, not as half but as halved
trusting in Light
(’though unseen in the dark)
I improvise …
desperate for Gilead’s salve
No shared service away—not tomorrow, not today.
but Charity begins
(sometimes keeps one)
another pattern crosses
an unplanned path
with promises unclear