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"I speak to fathers and mothers everywhere with a plea to put harshness behind us, to bridle our anger, to lower our voices, and to deal with mercy and love and respect one toward another in our homes." — Gordon B. Hinckley, "Blessed Are The Merciful," General Conference, April 1990  

"He is a weak man who will curse or condemn some loved one because of a little accident. What good does it do him? He would be a man if he would develop his spirit and control that anger, control his tongue. A little thing? Trace it, and you will find that not yielding and not controlling it bring many an unhappy hour in your home." — David O. McKay, "Gospel Ideals," p.490  

"If your neighbour suffers his cattle or his children to trespass upon your property, never retaliate or speak an angry reply, for this will engender a spirit of anger in him. Consider well before you suffer your minds to be irritated in the least. Suffer them not to be agitated until your blood is boiling with rage before you are aware; but stop and reflect, coolly consider, and quietly reason with the person or persons who have trespassed upon you, and show them the nature of their transgression against you. If they continue in the same course of conduct, reason the stronger with them, without quarrelling. Thus bring your passions down into subjection to your will, and cultivate an even unruffled temper, until you can perfectly control yourselves at all times, in all places, and under all circumstances. Then our affections and feelings would become congenial to those of the Angels of God, and we should continue to increase in that Holy Spirit which would prepare us for the society of holy beings. This is our school, and a profitable one it is to the Elders of Israel." — Brigham Young, "Journal of Discourses," Vol.6, p.316  

"Uncontrolled anger distorts reason and cancels out wisdom. All of us are susceptible to rising anger, but before we act we can put ourselves under control." — Wm. Grant Bangerter, "It's a Two-Way Street", "BYU Speeches of the Year 1984-85," August 4, 1985  

"Some say, 'I feel as though I must boil over, and I must talk to relieve myself.' All hell is boiling over; but does that make it any better? No. If you let your tongue run, and it scatters the poison that is in you, it sets the whole being on fire. The Apostle James says, 'And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity; so is the tongue among our members that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature, and it is set on fire of hell.' And again, 'But the tongue can no man tame: it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.' Are you aware of this, sisters and brethren? If you keep silent, you can master your feelings, can subdue your passions, and ultimately become masters of them and banish them from you. If you give way to your unbridled tongues, you increase anger within you, and the first you know your blood is boiling with wrath. That is what the Apostle meant when he wrote, 'It setteth on fire the whole course of nature, and it is set on fire of hell.' It is hell that sets it going. If you find that you cannot keep your tongue still, get some India-rubber and chew it with all your might." — Brigham Young, "Journal of Discourses," Vol.6, p.74 - 75 

"Discipline yourselves. Master your temper. Most of the things that make you angry are of very small consequence. And what a terrible price you are paying for your anger. Ask the Lord to forgive you." Gordon B. Hinckley, "
Women Of The Church ," General Conference, October 1996

"A warm handshake and a friendly smile can be wonderfully healing medicine. Conversely, how unwise we are when we declare, 'I'll never speak to him again.' Never is a long time, and even those who have caused heartache or shame are not beyond ultimate repentance. Sometimes hurts to the heart are more damaging than physical blows. Yes, they may take longer to heal, but they will heal more quickly if we avoid bitterness and anger and practice forgiveness." Marvin J. Ashton, "While They Are Waiting," General Conference, April 1988

"It is not the macho thing. It is an indication of weakness. Anger is not an expression of strength. It is an indication of one's inability to control his thoughts, words, his emotions. Of course it is easy to get angry. When the weakness of anger takes over, the strength of reason leaves. Cultivate within yourselves the mighty power of self-discipline." Gordon B. Hinckley, "
Our Solemn Responsibilities ," General Conference, October 1991

"Frustrations often offer us the means of progression, for by overcoming them harmoniously, we grow and become more Christlike. As with most all strong emotions, anger is manifest both in righteousness and in unrighteousness. Righteous anger is an attribute of Deity, whose anger is everlastingly kindled against wickedness. Likewise, an inspired man might be led to speak or act in righteous anger, as did Moses when he broke the tablets upon which the Ten Commandments were written by the Lord. But to lose our temper, to explode, to become ugly, punitive, and hateful when faced with frustrations is inexcusable! Why is it inexcusable to explode with anger and become vindictive? Simply because the power has been given us to control and to overcome such tendencies. If not curbed, such tendencies soon lose for us the respect and love of others." - ElRay L. Christiansen, "
Be Slow to Anger ," Ensign, June 1971, p. 38

"How difficult it is for any of us to forgive those who have injured us. We are all prone to brood on the evil done us. That brooding becomes as a gnawing and destructive canker. Is there a virtue more in need of application in our time than the virtue of forgiving and forgetting? There are those who would look upon this as a sign of weakness. Is it? I submit that it takes neither strength nor intelligence to brood in anger over wrongs suffered, to go through life with a spirit of vindictiveness, to dissipate one’s abilities in planning retribution. There is no peace in the nursing of a grudge. There is no happiness in living for the day when you can 'get even.'

"Paul speaks of 'the weak and beggarly elements' of our lives (see
Gal. 4:9 ). Is there anything more weak or beggarly than the disposition to wear out one's life in an unending round of bitter thoughts and scheming gestures toward those who may have affronted us?" - Gordon B. Hinckley, " Of You It Is Required to Forgive ," Ensign, Nov. 1980, 62

"No Latter-day Saint has any right or title to the fellowship of the Spirit of God if he entertains an acrimonious spirit against any living man or woman." - Matthias F. Cowley, "Conference Report," April 1901, Afternoon Session, p.18

"Anger is the mother of a whole brood of evil actions." - Gordon B. Hinckley, "
Slow to Anger," General Conference, 6 October 2007

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href=",5232,49-1-775-23,00.html">Slow to Anger," General Conference, 6 October 2007

Sometimes we can take offense so easily. On other occasions we are too stubborn to accept a sincere apology. Who will subordinate ego, pride, and hurt—then step forward with, “I am truly sorry! Let’s be as we once were: friends. Let’s not pass to future generations the grievances, the anger of our time.” Let’s remove any hidden wedges that can do nothing but destroy. – Thomas S. Monson, “Hidden Wedges,” Ensign (CR) May 2002

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