This past weekend, one of the few remaining JW relatives who will still discuss JW stuff with me told me about his recently attending a home bible study being conducted by an elder. Evidently, the study had been told or had picked up some info about the 1975 fiasco. The elder totally denied that the Society had stated or even led people to believe that Armageddon would occur in 1975, and he naturally blamed some individual JWs for misinterpreting the Society's materials.
My relative was just shaking his head over what the elder said-- and believes, since the elder was not in the troooth during that time.
We began reminiscing about the 1975 period, and how anytime 2 JWs got together it wouldn't be 2 minutes before the conversation turned to discussing the possibility that the Great Trib could start anytime. (We made up the joke that during the early 1970s that if 2 JWs pulled up side-by-side at a stop light, they would have rolled their windows down and exchanged opinions regarding what date the GT would likely begin.)
THEN, something was said that brought back to mind something that I had totally forgotten. AND, that is the purpose of this thread- to see if this same issue arose in any other congregations.
In our Congregation, sometime around late 1974 or early in 1975, "some" of the folks started "quietly" to accumulate "supplies" -canned food, candles, lanterns and fuel, etc. Like all good JW Congregations, it wasn't long before the word got out. Our recollection was that some thought this was just good common sense to be prepared for the GT, plus it showed "faith" in what the FDS was telling us. However, then slowly, the elders began to criticize those doing the stockpiling of supplies for various reasons: we would probably have to flee our homes anyway, noone could stockpile sufficient quantities to share with those who had not, AND the BIGGIE- stockpiling showed lack of faith that Jah would provide. After the last one surfaced, it became "official policy" in our Cong NOT to stockpile, although we couldn't remember if it was ever discussed from the stage. However, we both had continued to stockpile, but just kept it quiet.
I thought this was extremely interesting -especially since it had completely slipped my mind.
Did this Issue arise in anyone else's Cong? Please elaborate.