Below are links to articles as well as quotes about wealth, poverty, socio-economic equality / inequality, and politics--mostly from an LDS perspective. This is a work-in-progress and I hope to continue to add to the resources here. I've also added notes / discussions that were originally posted on Facebook. (And if you care to find out more about me, click here.)


"Socioeconomic Inequality: the Haves and the Have-nots," Richard E. Johnson, BYU Today, September 1990
"Wealth and Poverty," Richard E. Johnson, Sociology Department, Brigham Young University, 1994
"Faces of Worldly Pride in the Book of Mormon," Douglas Bassett, Ensign, Oct 2000
"Fasting and Food, not Weapons: A Mormon Response to Conflict," Eugene England, BYU Studies, 1985
"First Presidency Message: The False Gods We Worship," Spencer W. Kimball, Ensign, June 1976
"Attitudes toward Wealth," To All the World: The Book of Mormon Articles from the Encyclopedia of Mormonism
"Can You Be a Mormon and Wealthy?" Kate Kelly, LDS Cooperative Online, April 2008
"Income Inequality: Too Big to Ignore," Robert H. Frank, New York Times, 16 Oct 2010
"Epistle to the Relief Society Concerning these War Times," Emmeline B. Wells, Relief Society Magazine, Vol. IV. JULY, 1917. No. 7.
"Social Welfare Programs: The Gospel in Action," Karlyn Hiatt Lewis, Exponent II, Vol. 33, No. 1, Fall 2012, p27.


Hugh Nibley, Approaching Zion, ed. Don E. Norton, Salt Lake City & Provo: Deseret Book, FARMS, 1989.
James Lardner and David A. Smith, editors, Inequality Matters: The Growing Economic Divide and Its Poisonous Consequences, New York, The
     New Press, 2005

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Brigham Young: "Prayer is good, but when baked potatoes and milk are needed, prayer will not supply their place."
     Deseret News, 10 Dec. 1856, cited in Eugene England, Brother Brigham (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1980), 175.

Spencer W. Kimball: "The measure of our love for our fellowman and, in a large sense, the measure of our love for the Lord, is what we do for one another and for the poor and distressed."
     "And the Lord Called His People Zion," Ensign (Aug. 1984): 2.

Marion G. Romney: "A Latter-day Saint should abhor poverty and do all in his power to alleviate it. He should remember the Lord's statement, 'it is not given that one man should possess that which is above another' (D&C 49:20), and that in the Lord's plan 'every man' is to be 'equal according to his family, according to his circumstances and his wants and needs' (D&C 51:3)."
     "Gospel Forum," Ensign (Jan. 1971): 16.

Thomas S. Monson: "Today, in lands far away and right here in Salt Lake City, there are those who suffer hunger, who know want and are acquainted with poverty. Ours is the opportunity and the sacred privilege to relieve this hunger, to meet this want, to eliminate this poverty."
     "Goal beyond Victory," Ensign (Nov. 1988): 44.

Joseph Smith: "It is better to feed ten impostors than to run the risk of turning away one honest petition."
     Hugh Nibley, Approaching Zion, p 227

Howard W. Hunter: "The touchstone of compassion is a measure of our discipleship; it is a measure of our love for God and for one another."

Brigham Young: "Suppose that in this community there are ten beggars who beg from door to door for something to eat, and that nine of them are impostors who beg to escape work, and with an evil heart practise imposition upon the generous and sympathetic, and that only one of the ten who visit your doors is worthy of your bounty; which is best, to give food to the ten, to make sure of helping the truly needy one, or to repulse the ten because you do not know which is the worthy one? You will all say, Administer charitable gifts to the ten, rather than turn away the only truly worthy and truly needy person among them. If you do this, it will make no difference in your blessings, whether you administer to worthy or unworthy persons, inasmuch as you give alms with a single eye to assist the truly needy."
     Journal of Discourses 8:12, 5 Mar 1860.

Glenn L. Pace: "We must reach out beyond the walls of our own church. In humanitarian work, as in other areas of the gospel,...[w]e need not wait for a call or an assignment from a Church leader before we become involved in activities that are best carried out on a community or individual basis."
     "A Thousand Times," Ensign (Nov. 1990): 10

Hugh Nibley: "The conditions of sharing demanded by the Lord can only be satisfied by complete equality, a point that is ceaselessly repeated.... We cannot be equal, as the Lord commands, and live on different levels of affluence."
     Approaching Zion, ed. Don E. Norton (Salt Lake City & Provo: Deseret Book, FARMS, 1989), 397-398

Eugene England: "[O]ur government recently approved spending another $130 million to make our embassies in Asia more 'secure' after all the terrorist bombings. But we have great trouble allocating that kind of money to solve the problems of poverty and homelessness that produce the terrorism. We strike at the branches of evil but never at the roots."
     "Fasting and Food, Not Weapons: A Mormon Response To Conflict," BYU Studies, 25 (Winter 1985): 151.

Richard E. Johnson: "[W]e might gain valuable insight by broadening the measure of morality beyond the traditional sins to include such variables as poverty, homelessness, and socioeconomic inequality. Perhaps the central moral problem of our time is primarily economic or materialistic, involving behavior that is more often than not perfectly legal and socially acceptable."
     "No Poor among Us?" Women Steadfast in Christ, ed. Dawn Hall Anderson & Marie Cornwall, (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book,
     1992), 166.

Andrew Carnegie: “This, then, is held to be the duty of the man of wealth: First, to set an example of modesty, unostentatious living, shunning display or extravagance; to provide moderately for the legitimate wants of those dependent upon him; and after doing so to consider all surplus revenues which come to him simply as trust funds, which he is called upon to administer, and strictly bound as a matter of duty to administer in the manner which, in his judgment, is best calculated to produce the most beneficial results for the community—the man of wealth thus becoming the mere trustee and agent for his poorer brethren, bringing to their service his superior wisdom, experience, and ability to administer, doing for them better than they would or could do for themselves.”
     "Wealth," North American Review, Vol.148, Issue 391 p661, June 1889

Marion G. Romney: "There is an interdependence between those who have and those who have not. The process of giving exalts the poor and humbles the rich. In the process, both are sanctified."
     "The Celestial Nature of Self-Reliance," Ensign, November 1982, 93.