Looking at a sunset, drinking in its beauty, feeling the sun shine on your face and the wind as it blows through your hair—these are gifts to us, proof that we are alive and God loves us.
Likewise, dunking a basketball, making a three-point shot at the buzzer, taking a wet brush to a blank canvass, turning notes on a page into a beautiful melody, teaching children to recognize sounds and words, and so many other talents are also gifts, reminders that God blesses each of us with unique talents and abilities.
But greater than these gifts are those that come to us with and through the Atonement of the Savior, Jesus Christ: Knowledge that if we mess up, we can receive forgiveness and have another chance. Knowledge that after death, we can live again. Knowledge that we are children of a living God.
This knowledge is worth sharing. It’s a message worth shouting out to the world. Countless numbers of God’s children are hungry for the gospel message, for the knowledge I had been so freely given as a youth in Orem, Utah, supported and loved by parents who knew that message to be true. After my mother’s death, sharing that message became a way to thank her for the gifts she had given me by teaching me the gospel.