I just re-read a long post I just completed about two experiences with “advise”, “counsel” from two different Stake Presidents. The interviews were separated by 15 years but the topic was closely related. The “advise”, “counsel” was very different.
I won’t comment on whether I feel either or both were right or wrong, or whether what they told me worked out well for me.
My question is how much can we or should we rely on such “advise”, “counsel” – is it inspired?
If we can’t rely on it, then why go and ask for their help? If they don’t feel inspired should they tell us – should there be a caviet? Should they preface their remarks with “This is just my advice.”? Or should we ask them if their counsel was inspired?
If we believe or don’t their advice is inspired then should be pray about it ourselve to get a confirmation? If we have to pray about it ourselves to get a confirmation, then why go to them in the first place, why not just go to the source and skip the middleman?
Bottomline, where does “advice” and “counsel” merge into “inspiration”, how do we tell which is which and what is what?