This may seem like a strange pick this week, but unfortunately the reading schedule is somewhat dictated by my own needs. President Monson gave the talk “School Thy Feelings, O My Brother” during the Priesthood session of General Conference. I absolutely do not question his judgment on this, but I just want to add that anyone who thinks anger management is largely a men’s issue has not spent much time in the mind of a stay-at-home mom.
I struggle with anger. I do not have temper tantrums. I do not hit my children, scream violently, or throw objects, but I get mad. And it is a challenge for me to let those feelings go so that I can move on with my day. At a point of great humility, I went to Borders and asked the info desk for a book on Anger Management for mothers. He eyed me suspiciously and probably wanted to push the red Child Protective Services button under his counter, so I tried to explain that it wasn’t about violent anger, just angry feelings. Basically, I wanted to get past looking at my children with exorcism eyes. Anyway, enough about me . . . How does this talk speak to you?
“If we desire to have a proper spirit with us at all times, we must choose to refrain from becoming angry.”
“Anger doesn’t solve anything. It builds nothing, but it can destroy everything.”
“May we make a conscious decision, each time such a decision must be made, to refrain from anger and to leave unsaid the harsh and hurtful things we may be tempted to say.”
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