LAST UPDATED: June 7, 2013

Judge not UNRIGHTEOUSLY, but

Do Not Fail to JUDGE

Judging People:
The Mormon position on judging is to be found in the Scriptures. Personally, I support and adhere to this position. I shall let the Scriptures speak for themselves (with some comments in [...]):

Matt 7:

1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.

2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. [In context these 2 verses do not say to not judge, just that we are accountable for how we judge...and how can we judge without having free speech {and freedom of information} to get us what facts that may be available? So Joseph Smith clarified this in his inspired translation.]

JST Matt. 7: 1,2 Now these are the words which Jesus taught his disciples that they should say unto the people. Judge not unrighteously, that ye be not judged: but judge righteous judgment. [Reads like a commandment, "Judge!".]
Alma 41: (14-15) 14 Therefore, my son, see that you are merciful unto your brethren; deal justly, judge righteously [not forbidden to judge, but commanded to judge], and do good continually; and if ye do all these things then shall ye receive your reward; yea, ye shall have mercy restored unto you again; ye shall have justice restored unto you again; ye shall have a righteous judgment restored unto you again; and ye shall have good rewarded unto you again.
D&C 10: 37 But as you cannot always judge the righteous [as in finding a marriage partner], or as you cannot always tell the wicked from the righteous, therefore I say unto you, hold your peace until I shall see fit to make all things known unto the world concerning the matter. [and we certainly aren't going to tell the wicked from the righteous from the very beginning if we don't study including free and open dissemination of information and opinions]
D&C 127:2 And as for the perils which I am called to pass through, they seem but a small thing to me, as the envy and wrath of man have been my common lot all the days of my life; and for what cause it seems mysterious, unless I was ordained from before the foundation of the world for some good end, or bad, as you may choose to call it. Judge ye for yourselves. God knoweth all these things, whether it be good or bad.
D&C 137: 9 For I, the Lord, will judge all men according to their works, according to the desire of their hearts. [Permit me to submit, that among our works will be the judgments which we make about the Scriptures as well as men...and whether we desire the truth in our hearts, or desire some pet rules. Personally I think that we shall be judged "wrong" if we tell anyone it is wrong to judge. It also says, if we are to do as God does, to take into account and make some judgment about the desires of a personís heart in relation to their acts.]
D&C 98:
4 And now, verily I say unto you concerning the laws of the land, it is my will that my people should observe to do all things whatsoever I command them.
5 And that law of the land which is constitutional, supporting that principle of freedom in maintaining rights and privileges, belongs to all mankind, and is justifiable before me.
[meaning we need to judge laws and men that make them according to compliance with the Constitution]
6 Therefore, I, the Lord, justify you, and your brethren of my church, in befriending that law which is the constitutional law of the land;
7 And as pertaining to law of man, whatsoever is more or less than this, cometh of evil
[one must judge whether a particular item/issue/law is more or less].
8 I, the Lord God, make you free, therefore ye are free indeed; and the law also maketh you free.
9 Nevertheless, when the wicked rule the people mourn
[Also see Mosiah on this].
10 Wherefore, honest men and wise men should be sought for diligently, and good men and wise men ye should observe to uphold [meaning we need to judge men as to being honest and good (moral) as well as wise]; otherwise whatsoever is less than these cometh of evil.
I Cor 6: (2-5)
2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.
5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren [or candidates for public office, I comment]?