My daughter got this poem from an elderly lady who couldn't remember where she got it. It was passed on to me last week. It really touched my heart and I want to share it with you. Have a hanky handy when you read it. I have no idea who Joseph A. Neilson is, but he wrote the following poem. . . .
Just a Card
Written by Joseph A. Neilson
We are individuals in the third estate,
Represented on earth by a card.
We had no chance to get keys while on earth,
So, alas, our progress is barred.
There are millions of us waiting here,
And forward we cannot go.
How despondent we get waiting for years.
You mortals have no way to know.
For years I have wished and waited here
And no encouragement came.
With the Church of England I had cast my lot,
And I hoped that they still had my name.
In an old English church, in a little town,
Old church records lay in a pile.
A young Mormon boy was looking for names
And he looked through the books for a while.
He copied some names and some he passed by,
When he got through he had quite a list.
There was much disappointment and sorrow for some
Of the spirits he had missed.
As for me, I was joyous and full of new hope
And to shout, I could hardly resist.
My prayers and my hopes were rewarded at last.
The boy had my name on his list.
The boy sent our names to the index bureau.
I hope he will get some reward.
We had a real time of rejoicing that day
When they each one, a name on a card.
We were individuals on earth once again.
Our soul and our hopes in a card.
And oh, for the joy no mortal can know,
They were sent to the house of the Lord.
I am just a card in a pile of cards.
Folks think of me as just a name.
But I have lived on earth the same as you,
But my chances were not the same.
Each way I turn my progress is barred.
How can you mortals be so at ease?
Please drop your work for half a day
And get me those precious keys.
That treasured card there in that pile
Should move you mortals to tears.
I have waited and longed for this time to come
For more than a hundred years.
If you take my name through the Temple today,
Pay strict attention please,
I have waited so long, so do not fail to get
A single one of my keys.