Avoid Negative Talk
Journal of Discourses, Vol.7, p.268 - p.269, Brigham Young,
October 6, 1859
If persons think they have greater sorrow and affliction than any others, when they reveal
that sorrow and affliction, it produces fruit.
You frequently hear brethren and sisters say that
they feel so tried and tempted, and have so many cares, and are so buffeted, that they must give
vent to their feelings; and they yield to the temptation, and deal out their unpleasant sensations to
their families and neighbours.
Make up your minds thoroughly, once for all, that if we have
trials, the Lord has suffered them to be brought upon us, and he will give us grace to bear them;
and that they do not concern our families, friends, and neighbours, we can bear them off alone.
But if we have light or intelligence--that which will do good, we will impart it; but our bad
feelings, our desponding feelings, our dark hours, and disagreeable sensations we will keep to
Let that be the determination of every individual, for spirit begets spirit--likeness,