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One of the most loved modern-day prophets was President David O. McKay. In a talk entitled, Something Higher Than Self, President McKay discussed how individuals can be become better than their current selves. In the current political and divisive times that we live in, President McKay's advice on how to overcome and transcend such hatred and anger is a must-read for all Latter-day Saints. He says:
I wonder how long it will take us to realize that in matters of temper nothing can bring us damage but ourselves—we are responsible for what helps us and for what injures us—that the harm that each one sustains he carries about with him, and never is he a real sufferer but by his own fault. I think you get that thought, and yet the tendency of each one is to blame somebody else.
If in the dignity of manhood such a man would cease to magnify his troubles, face things as they really are, recognize blessings that immediately surround him, and cease to entertain disparaging wishes for another, how much more of a man he would be. A man who cannot control his temper is not very likely to control his passion, and no matter what his pretensions in religion, he moves in daily life very close to the animal plane.
Even though there is so much hardship going on all around the world, it is too easy for us to let our carnal natures take over and join in on all the fighting, anger, and hate. Whether this is by being face-to-face confronting those we disagree with, or being behind a screen typing away Facebook comment after Facebook comment getting mad at every person who carries an opinion you can't comprehend. Remember the words of President McKay:
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