Cease from Anger

“Cease from Anger,” Friend, Feb. 2010, 28

Cease from Anger

The scriptures tell us to “cease from anger” (Psalm 37:8). Cease means to stop doing something. When we love and forgive others, we can have “love, joy, peace, … gentleness, goodness, [and] faith” (Galatians 5:22–23). Take this quiz to find out how patient and forgiving you are.

  1. Your sister wears your shirt without asking. You—

    1. get even by wearing her sweater without asking.

    2. yell at her to give your shirt back.

    3. explain why you appreciate it when she asks you before borrowing.

  2. Your younger brother keeps poking your arm to show you something while you are doing your homework. You—

    1. tell him to go away.

    2. ask him please not to poke you, and take a few minutes to give him your attention.

    3. poke his arm back until he leaves.

  3. You bump into a classmate, and he yells at you. You—

    1. say you are sorry for the accident.

    2. yell back so no one will think you are scared.

    3. make a mean face.

  4. After a hard day at school, you have chores and homework to do. You—

    1. ignore your work and play instead.

    2. complain to your parents until there’s not enough time to finish everything.

    3. sing a song while you work to stay cheerful.

  5. A girl in your class makes fun of you. You—

    1. reply with a rude comment.

    2. find a way to do something nice for her.

    3. think of ways to get back at her.

  6. Your friend told a lie about you and later asks for forgiveness. You—

    1. forgive your friend.

    2. ignore your friend for a few weeks, but eventually forget about it.

    3. tell your friend you will never forgive him or her.

Check your answers below, along with an explanation from the scriptures.

  1. c: Be “not easily provoked” (1 Corinthians 13:5).

  2. b: “Let thine heart be softened” (D&C 121:4).

  3. a: “A soft answer turneth away wrath” (Proverbs 15:1).

  4. c: “Let us cheerfully do all things” (D&C 123:17).

  5. b: “Love ye your enemies” (Luke 6:35).

  6. a: “Even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye” (Colossians 3:13).

Illustrations by Dani Jones