The influence of an older bethel couple losing their faith would spread through several congregations. Why? Because at first everyone in a given area is going to want to attach themselves to the heroic returning Bethelites and their possible connections.
This is so true because, when I departed Patterson Bethel the congregation wanted to make me Presiding Overseer, I declined. Now, I only do much as a Bible Study. I guess I downgraded. Elders are pissed cause they are loaded down with so much crap. I love sitting there and watching some of them give 3 parts per meeting while I just give the #4 parts.
The Circuit Overseer told me that many in the circuit have asked him about me. mua ha ha ha.
Comments from an elder in the hall have always been to the effect: "The congregation is waiting for you to do something, they are eager for you to share all that knowledge with us." Actually I do, when I go out in service, but not the knowledge they prefer.
One hard core humble pioneer sister asked me while in service, "Wac, with all the bethel experience you must be great at service." I said no, Bethelites main work is not field service. Then as the conversation went along I told her of the many imperfections at bethel. I was so encouraged. I don't think she was
Another Elder and I were talking about the mags. I told him that the writers don't have real life experience cause they are secluded. He said it does not matter because it's Jehovah's spirit who guides them. I did not go further, not ready for a JC.
I talked with another Elder, I told them that I see a change in the 1935 doctrine because of the new appointments to the GB. He said something that did not make sense. I left it at that.
wac - Of "the most i can is to discourage bethel class"