The Lord has organized His Church in a particular way, said President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, “and that way gives rise to councils.”
President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the First Presidency, added: “The strength of councils comes largely from the faith of people who are in them.”
They share what it’s like to participate together in the Council of the First Presidency as they each bring different perspectives and backgrounds. After they counsel together, “we listen to the Lord’s will through the one who presides in the council,” said President Oaks, referring to President Russell M. Nelson.
The ideal is that the Lord is directing every council, President Eyring said. “You hope the leader would feel that, and every member, to say, ‘If this is a matter of substance, this is His council, and let’s find out what His view is.’”
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