I just ran across the following quote from Dallin H. Oaks that I thought might be useful for some of the online saints:
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 1947, “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.” (In Conference Report, April 1947, p. 24.)
The counsel against speaking evil of Church leaders is not so much for the benefit of the leaders as it is for the spiritual well-being of members who are prone to murmur and find fault. The Church leaders I know are durable people. They made their way successfully in a world of unrestrainedcriticism before they received their current callings. They have no personal need for protection; they seek no personal immunities from criticism-constructive or destructive. They only seek to declare what they understand to be the word of the Lord to his people. (Ensign, February 1987, p. 70.)
As we ponder these thoughts, we need to ask ourselves not whether we agree with them, or even if we like them. Rather, we need to ask whether there is a true principle being expressed. And if we have not already made up our minds, we might even ask Heavenly Father himself if there is truth here. He is not stingy with information that we actually need.
I testify that those who make the Lord’s work more difficult as he prepares mankind for the Second Coming will not be happy with the consequences. As much as the Lord loves every one of us without qualification, those who make the work more difficult for Him and his Church will fail whether they realize what they are doing or not. And it will be a painful failure as failure generally is.