In the Sermon on the Mount as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus gave his hearers a higher law. In verses 22 and 23, we read (KJV):
Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
Then, a little later in verses 27 and 28, we read:
Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
Which sin do you think contemporary latter-day saints consider to be the worst, anger or lust? We have official denunciation of both in general conference. Spencer W. Kimball called anger the great destroyer of family life, and President Hinckley said that anybody who raised his voice in anger to his family was unworthy of the blessings of the temple. But we also have exhortations to chastity and the instruction to be careful of our thoughts. And then there is the almost ritual condemnation of pornography.
I’m going to tentatively say that I think we are more willing to give ourselves a break with anger than we are with lust. After all, the scripture says we shouldn’t be angry without cause, and we all have plenty of cause for our righteous indignation. But I am interested to know what you think. Please vote, and give reasons for you answers in the comments.