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So if you were called over a period of 8 years in let us say a certain calling which you had reservations about but accepted anyway, at what point would you say no to future callings in the same certain calling area? If you said no to such a calling and then received a similar calling a few months later, what would you think? Not enough adults to call or inspiration coming back again? In all honesty when Auxiliary leaders make recommendations for certain callings in ward council/correlation mtg, is there further prayer/consideration/Spiritual guidance by Ward Leaders? I believe so and I hope so; just seems strange to get a calling quite similar to one I said no to a few months earlier.
I've heard that Sunbeams coteacher in a former ward I was in received seven no's in response to callings and I can't judge anyone who turned it down as I wasn't part of those callings' issuance. A friend of mine in college turned down a Primary call since she was a homemaker with three boys and said she needed a break.
The non-linear part makes sense; we all don't progress in the same order of callings...BUT it seems odd to me to have received such a similar calling in multiple wards over many years, in a chartered organization that I do not support.
So in light of the "Modern Revelation", "Psychic Healer", "Those Who Have Left" and "Holy Spirit" threads, I want to readdress an old topic.
When we are receiving what we believe to be a personal revelation (whether of the inspiration or more direct kind) how do we KNOW that it's from God?
I have had direct answers to my prayers, promptings, strokes of insight, even heard spoken words. I believe they came from God. But how can we KNOW? If I pray to know that something I want to be right is right and I get a positive response, how can I know it's God and not me. If I pray to know if I should do something that I don't want to and I get an answer not to do it, how can I know it's God and not me? If I read the BOM and like it and want it to be true and then follow Moroni 10:4 how do I know the confirmation isn't just "self-fulfilling" or if I read it full of doubt and get no answer or even a bad feeling is that just self-fulfilling revelation too?
I know this is an old question but I would like some new opinions. Our own emotions and thoughts are so strong and influential in our decisions and desires and God never overrides our agency. So how do the board members know when it's from God and not from another source?