GLORIA – A 5th Generation Jehovah’s Witness Leaves the Watchtower
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Hello, my name is Gloria and I was a fifth generation Jehovah’s Witness. My story goes back over 100 years to the time of my great grandmother. She was born in 1884 and came across Kansas to Oklahoma in the covered wagon. President Hayes had just opened up the land known as Indian Territory for the settlers to homestead, and they rode horse back in a race to stake their claim on the land. At 18, she was married and gave birth to a son. When he was 2 years old, while my great grandmother was shelling peas, he grabbed one, put it in his mouth, chocked and died. This tragedy lead my family to seek God. Unfortunately, Charles Taze Russell had a radio program on at that time, and was coming into town. When Pastor Russell came to town, he came in a carriage pulled by elegant striking black horses, and he was dressed in a black robe. He was quite the showman. They were simple country folks, looking for answers.
So started the journey of my entire family giving up their lives to follow the teachings of one man. They not only followed the teachings of Russell, they became special pioneers and eventually put in 150 hours a month traveling from town to town in the Midwest, showing the photodrama of creation.
That was one of the first talking movies (before talking movies even came to be) and so it drew in many people. At that time, Russell’s group was called the International Bible Students. I had 7 aunts, uncles and great grandparents of the anointed 144,000 (the only ones who as Jehovah’s Witness’s get to go to heaven, which means they actually partook of communion). Most Jehovah’s Witnesses of today do to not partake of communion. Instead, they pass the bread and wine and touch it, but they would not think of actually putting it in their mouths and swallowing it…Yes Jesus at John chapter 6 says, “eat it, partake, or you have no life within yourselves.” Continue reading “Gloria – An Fifth Generation Jehovah’s Witness Leaves”