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Lord has instructed saints it is essential they be equal in all things

In March 1832, the Lord directed: ". . . it must needs be that there be an organization of my people, in regulating and establishing the affairs of the storehouse for the poor of my people . . . to advance the cause, which ye have espoused, to the salvation of man, and to the glory of your Father who is in heaven; That you may be equal in the bonds of heavenly things, yea, and earthly things also, for the obtaining of heavenly things. For if ye are not equal in earthly things ye cannot be equal in obtaining heavenly things." (D&C 78:3-6.)

In Church History and Modern Revelation, Elder Joseph Fielding Smith wrote: "The saints are instructed that it is essential that they be equal in all things, else there can be no righteousness. What would the celestial kingdom be like, if there were not unity and equality prevailing there? So it should be in the Church on earth. . . ."It was because Enoch and his people were united in temporal things as also in heavenly things, that they met with such success that the Lord took them. Had there been inequality, selfishness, bickerings, and accusations against Enoch . . . then Enoch's city might have found its fate along with all the rest of the world, in Noah's day.

"Mormon, in writing of the Nephites and Lamanites for two hundred years after the appearing of the Lord to them, says: `And there were no envyings, nor strifes, nor tumults, nor whoredoms, nor lyings, nor murders, nor any manner of lasciviousness; and surely there could not be a happier people among all the people who had been created by the hand of God.' (4 Ne. 1:16.)"