My latest journey around the Bloggernacle has convinced me that my fellow Saints need some more counsel from the Vocabulary Police. Please, for your own edification, study the following terms.
Counsel: advice; opinion or instruction given in directing the judgment or conduct of another.
Council: an assembly of persons summoned or convened for consultation, deliberation, or advice.
Notice that the Bishop or Church leader gives you COUNSEL, but you attend a COUNCIL meeting. On Wednesday nights you might need to go do some COUNSELING at your COUNCIL meeting. Many of us formed part of the COUNCIL in heaven. Our Apostles form the COUNCIL of the Twelve. They give COUNSEL to the members of the Church. Most of the acronyms use COUNCIL.
PEC=Priesthood Executive Council
Now it gets a little bit tricky. Please pay close attention.
High councilors--spelled this way because they are members of a COUNCIL.
First and Second counselors in presidencies--spelled this way because they give COUNSEL to the president or bishop.
Finally, both counsel and council may take an extra "l" before the suffix, especially if you are British (as in counselled, counselling, councillors). Believe me, if you are going to blog about these subjects, you will appear much more knowledgeable if you can spell and use the terms correctly.