“Why Beholdest Thou the Mote That Is in Thy Brother’s Eye but Considerest Not the Beam That Is in Thine Own Eye?”

Joseph F. McConkie, Robert L. Millet

Part of condemning another consists of highlighting or accentuating another’s sins, parading or displaying them before the public, when in fact “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

So often we are sickened by a sin in another-a sin of relatively small consequence-when in fact we ourselves are guilty of far greater offenses against God and man.

A member of the Church who condemns or pokes fun at another who wrestles with Word of Wisdom problems, for example, but who at the same time loses his temper or gossips or makes a man an offender for a word, is deceiving himself. To draw upon the Savior’s humorous analogy, there is in his eye a beam-a large timber which is used to support the roof of a building. He cannot see properly, therefore, to remove the mote-the sliver, the tiny shaving of wood-which he has discovered and identifies in his neighbor’s eye.

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 4