I thought it might be a good idea to re-read the two talks Sister Beck gave last Sep/Oct (in both the General RS Meeting and General Conference) and to prepare ourselves spiritually for the messages we are going to hear over the next two weekends.
When sisters around the world began to criticize Sister Beck’s talk, one thought stood out among the many swirling around in my head. There is a scripture in D&C 121:16 that reads, “Cursed are all those that shall lift up the heel against mine anointed…” I really began to study to learn more about the Lord’s anointed. I attended the temple with this thought in mind. And, I found an amazing talk by Elder Oaks entitled, “Criticism.” It is an AMAZING talk. Did I say that? I highly recommend reading the entire talk, but here is a quote that might be good for us to keep in mind over the next couple of weekends as we listen to the Lord’s anointed.
“Criticism is particularly objectionable when it is directed toward Church
authorities, general or local. Jude condemns those who ‘speak evil of
dignities.’ (Jude 1:8.) Evil speaking of the Lord’s anointed is in a class by
itself. It is one thing to depreciate a person who exercises corporate power or
even government power. It is quite another thing to criticize or depreciate a
person for the performance of an office to which he or she has been called of
God. It does not matter that the criticism is true. As Elder George F. Richards,
President of the Council of the Twelve, said in a conference address in April
“ ‘When we say anything bad about the leaders of the Church,
whether true or false, we tend to impair their influence and their usefulness
and are thus working against the Lord and his cause.’”