Today in Sunday school we discussed the doctrine of Christ, mentioned in 2 Nephi 31:2. We went on to discuss what it means to speak with the tongue of angels (versus 13-14, chapter 32:2-3), or in other words, to speak the words of Christ through the power of the Holy Ghost. This led to a discussion of how to keep the influence of the Holy Ghost with us, and what things we say, how we say them, and what and whom we listen to.
My husband then stated something that made me immensely proud of him- “Well, doesn’t this mean that we shouldn’t listen to angry voices?”
I knew he was referring to specific angry voices- the ones on the radio and the news telling you who not to vote for and how awful certain parties, viewpoints, and candidates are. And I totally agree with him- the spirit cannot testify truth to us if the voices we are listening to are voices of wrath and contention, regardless of their message. And as a fairly conservative independent voter, I have been interested in the GOP race. While I’m certainly not anti-Obama, I don’t totally agree with the way he has done things and I’d be interested to know how someone else would do things differently. The problem lies in finding out how they would do things, because all I hear is yelling, tyrades, and back-biting. “Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath.” (Proverbs 29:8)
And while Steve’s comment works so well to convey the message he meant (but didn’t explain, he didn’t want to make anyone angry…), it extends so much further than that. Angry voices are everywhere.
Have you ever tried to read online reviews? Take ratemyprofessor.com (I’m not linking to it, because if you feel you want to check it out you can type it out yourself). How likely is a student to go online and tell about how great their Religious Studies teacher was? Or how much they enjoyed their Geography class? Not likely. However, if that teacher flunks you how are you going to feel about it? Are you going to want to blame them and tell the whole world what a waste of time and money their class was? It sure seems that people in general are a lot more likely to talk about what angers them than about what they liked about something (unless they are getting something for it). This goes for movie reviews, waiters at restaurants, product reviews, etc.
So there is just one more thing I love about my husband. Not only is he wise about whom he listens to, but he is wise in the way he speaks himself. If you are going to hear an angry voice in my house, I can totally assure you that it will not be his. I have never heard Steve raise his voice in anger. “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” (Proverbs 15:1) It is something I’m trying desperately to learn from him- and I think his example is definitely helping with that.