I always considered this exhortation to mean “don’t talk bad about the prophets or your priesthood leaders.” But if you think about it I’m not so sure that’s the case:
Lord’s Anointed: “The Lord’s anointed” just sounds authoritative, though, while sage advice, I don’t think that’s who it’s talking about. Who is anointed? Is someone anointed to be a prophet? An apostle? A bishop? A father/mother? A primary teacher? No, no, no, no, and no. The only contemporary anointings that I’m aware of are those who have been through the temple.
Evil Speaking: Questioning? Disagreeing? Judging? Insulting? I don’t really know but my instinct tells me that it falls somewhere between judging and insulting.
Is this just a general plea from the Lord for us to respect one another a bit more, to respect the covenant we make in the temple a little more? And does this mean it’s less-bad to evil-speak of those who haven’t gone through the temple?
This is one of my “thoughts in progress” posts so feel free to speculate, respond, conclude, feel prideful because you know everything, admit ignorance (like me), or whatever you please.