The Bible’s first, and last, owner, Joseph Smith, also taught that the most valuable gift is the gift of the Spirit, but that he was not to be entrusted with it.
“The only things that are good are gifts, and those are the gifts of God,” he taught.
He did not share a gift basket with any of his associates, but his sons-in-law and associates received their blessings by offering their gifts to the Lord.
The Bible was filled with promises about gifts: “I will give you great gifts, you will give them to the children of men, and I will give to my son Jacob a golden calf, and to my servant Joseph, the seal of the priesthood, and all these great gifts.”
The Lord had promised “many of you great blessings” but also promised “great riches,” which “shall be given to the house of Israel, and great blessings, which shall be given unto the house,” to which he added, “And to the Gentiles.”
The Bible taught about the value of money, which God promised would be a great blessing in the kingdom of heaven.
The Lord’s promise was to “give a great sign to my servants and my servants’ servants, to prepare them for the great day of the Lord” (see D&C 132:13-17).
However, God promised more to the people of Israel.
“Behold, there is great glory in the house; the glory of the house is greater than the glory in my house” (D&C 131:11).
The Bible was also filled with other promises about the gifts that God would give.
In the words of Isaiah, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it” (Isaiah 46:1).
“Be not afraid of the riches of this earth, which are yours forevermore” (Ezekiel 25:28).
The Lord promised to give a sign to “my servants and mine servants’ works” and to “all the people” (Matthew 7:14).
“I give you my word, that you shall not faint” (Jeremiah 29:14), and “I have made a covenant with my servants that I will not make a covenant to any of you until all my works have been accomplished” (Micah 3:9).
The gospel was also about the importance of faith and repentance, the key to a restoration of righteousness.
“For I was an unbelieving and sinful man; and my righteousness was like a shadow that hid me from the face of the deep” (Acts 16:27).
Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ was necessary, and repentance was a means of restoring our faith and our righteousness.
Jesus died to bring about a restoration.
His death “was not to me as a reproach, nor as a penalty for my sin, but as the means of bringing about the forgiveness of my transgressions, and the redemption of my people” [Revelation 18:1].
“The gospel of Christ is a light that shines forth from the darkness of the heart” (1 Corinthians 6:18).
The gospel of Jesus Christ “was preached in the wilderness of the world” (Romans 10:5), and Jesus is “the way, and ye must do according to his will” (Ephesians 5:22).
“It was by grace that we are saved” (Galatians 6:16).
The “gift of faith was given to us” by Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Ghost.
“Faith is the assurance of things hoped for” (2 Corinthians 6) and “faith is the chief good of life” (Philippians 4:11) “The Lord is not ashamed of giving us his precious Ghost” (John 15:3).
The Lord has promised that “he will give us eternal life; for this is the power of God” (Moroni 9:11); “I am the way, the truth, and there is no other” (Proverbs 12:4).
The only way for us to attain eternal life is to obey God and to repent of our sins.
The scriptures teach that “when you hear these words of the prophet, the last words he says are, ‘The Lord will send me a messenger; let me go to my brethren and teach them the things that I have taught you'” (Proclaiming the Gospel, 3:23).
The Book of Mormon is a perfect example of the gospel of repentance.
It tells us that God “did send a messenger to Abraham, to send forth repentance” (Jacob 2:20).
We have been instructed to repent and to ask for a remission of sins in this great and merciful gospel of salvation.
“Abraham was a righteous man; he had faith in the gospel” (Genesis 1:27), and God sent him “a messenger of the word” to “make known unto him the way of repentance” [