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A message delivered by President Thomas S. Monson at last weekend's General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints needs to be heard beyond the scope of the organization he leads.

"Choose to refrain from becoming angry," he counseled.

President Monson pointed out that many of today's top news stories focus on violence of one sort or another, and most often result from unchecked anger. His message was simple and scriptural: "Cease from anger and forsake wrath."

In KSL view, President Monson's message is both timeless and timely.

At every turn, it seems, anger is getting the best of people. It is manifested in gang confrontations, domestic violence and road rage. The crime of murder is widespread and contagious. It seems otherwise good people with increased frequency are losing control of their emotions. Even in the political arena, the discourse of late has become progressively more uncivil as angry people vent their views. Internationally, unbridled anger fed mostly by misunderstanding is at the very core of disputes that divide cultures and nations.

KSL welcomes President Monson's wise advice and universal message. Our individual lives as well as the world would be much improved if people would choose to overcome their personal feelings of anger.

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