Each of us is blessed with gifts and talents from our Heavenly Father.
We have a sacred responsibility to use those gifts and talents to bless the lives of other.
Reflecting on my family history, I am reminded that my ancestors left future generations a righteous legacy to follow when it comes to developing and using our gifts and talents.
My 3rd-great-grandfather, George, had the spiritual gift of faith, which he relied upon throughout his life. His faith shone through, illuminating and transcendent, up to his last breath, as he bore a powerful testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ to his relentless persecutors as they stood by and watched him die, the victim of a tragic railroad accident.
His faithful wife, Mary Ann, a talented lace maker in England, once had the opportunity to make lace for a dress for Queen Victoria. Mary Ann, now widowed, used this skill of lace-making, that she had acquired at the age of six, throughout her life to support her young family as they traveled west and made their home in the United States.
Their son, Amos, loved music. He played the violin, sang in the church choir, loved to dance, and called for dances. He was blessed with the gift of healing and was called many times to administer to the sick.
Their son, Nephi, my 2nd-great-grandfather, had a very special gift. He loved to read and often read aloud to his family. His daughter, my grandmother, shared,
“Even now when I think back I seem to hear his voice saying, ‘Faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen.’ I often wonder at his ability to pronounce words and names since his schooling was meager, but God seemed to have blessed him, making up to him to a very great extent what he lacked in education. Having heard him read so much, I feel that God helped me, too, for I remember the pronunciation of many of the words and they are correct even today. It truly was a gift from God.”
On days when you are feeling ordinary, remember the beautiful kiwi, in all its emerald-glory, and go share your goodness with the world!