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When should you take “Advice”?

Don - August 19, 2004

Shortly after attending a Stake conference and hearing one of the Stake presidency give a talk on business, businesses and ethics I was scheduled for a temple recommend interview. As “luck” would have it I was interviewed by this member of the Stake presidency.

After finishing the regular questions I asked him about his talk. Being in the movie theater business and being open on Sundays and showing our share of “R” rated movies I was interested in his thoughts. He explained to me how he felt about the entertainment industry and especially the problems with “R” rated movies. He told me that if he were me he’d get out of the business.

We talked for about 20 minutes. He concluded by saying that he wasn’t telling me to get out of the business, but if he were me, he would get out.

I came out of that interview a bit defensive, justifing my position, but then again trying to be humble and obedient.

My question is: Is “advice” in an interview like this “counsel” that should be taken and obeyed? Or is it just an opinion that should be taken like anyone else’s opinion?

1 Comment »

  1. Whelp Dad (Don) you had that interview so many years ago, that now it is history; and I thought you had learned from HISTORY that what you heard from that member of the Stake Presidency was actually wise COUNCIL and you wished you had listened to him, in 20/20 hindsight…
    (or am I remembering the story wrong?)
    Jen | Email | Homepage | 08.24.04 – 1:48 am | #

    Here’s my phylosophy…”Follow the Brethern.” I know he’s not the prophet but he’s ordained to be our spiritual leader and so he should be pretty close to God. Sometimes it’s hard to take their advice or council because it is humbling and/or hard to hear. But, in my experience, once I did “give in” and took their advice, things seemed to work out for the better. Does that make sense? I guess to answer your question…in my opinion…when you’re in that type of setting…the advice IS council.
    Angela | Email | Homepage | 08.24.04 – 12:47 pm | #

    My advice (FWIW) is to pray about it. It sounds to me like his advice was that: advice, not instructions.

    But it would be valuable to ponder and consider…

    Mark Hansen | Email | Homepage | 08.24.04 – 2:59 pm | #

    Somebody once said that good advice was just outside affirmation of what one wanted to hear, and bad advice is just an observor being brave enough to say what one doesn’t want to hear. I would suggest that you examine your own reaction to find your answer….which I suspect you already know anyway, but maybe didn’t want to be reminded of it. When we know we are in the right, it doesn’t ususally require justification.
    Anonymous | Email | Homepage | 08.25.04 – 4:22 pm | #

    Comment by Comment Restore — November 28, 2005 @ 12:31 am

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