Quotes on Equality

See also: D&C 70:14; 78:5-7; 104:18   

To be equal did not mean that all should have the same amount of food, but each should have according to his needs.  For instance, a man would receive in proportion to the number in the family, not according to the nature of his work. — President Joseph Fielding Smith

The Lord has said that “if ye are not equal in earthly things, ye cannot be in obtaining heavenly things.”  He has revealed a plan by which this equality can be brought about.  Yet, He does not design to make us of equal height; He does not design that we should all have the same colored hair or eyes, or that we should dress exactly alike.  This is not the meaning of the word “equality,” as it is used in the revelation; but it means to have an equal claim on the blessings of our Heavenly Father – on the properties of the Lord’s treasury, and the influences and gifts of His Holy Spirit.  This is the equality meant in the revelations, and until we attain to this equality we cannot be equal in spiritual things, and the blessings of God cannot be bestowed upon us until we attain to this as they otherwise would. — George Q. Cannon, Journal of Discourses, 13:99-100, April 6, 1896