Jim Cobabe wrote:

"Counsel with the bishop" is a standard answer. As a problem solving strategy, it usually doesn't work at all, at least in my experience. Bishops don't have effective answers for any but the most routine problems. Many of them are good at running LDS wards, but terrible as personal counselors.

Grampa Bill comments:
As a former Bishop of the Savannah First Ward, I tend to agree. While I was given the keys to receive revelation on behalf of the ward, I was not given revelation on behalf of Brother Smith's family. Brother Smith himself solely had that right. Incidently, as I understand the order of the Church, neither the Stake President, the Area President, The Brethren, nor the Prophet hold such keys. They are given only to Brother Smith. Of course, Sister Smith had the right to revelation in living her own life.
About all a bishop can do is look to see if the members are following generalized counsel as given in the scriptures and by the Brethren, and counsel them to move in that direction. If he goes further, it is at his own peril.
Love y'all,
Grampa Bill in Savannah

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