Finally the Baptismal talk:
First off, the pool leaked water and a lot of the brothers were mopping around it. So the speaker started with by addressing the issue and saying that it was taken care of so now you can all "Ignore the men mopping around the pool." I immediately thought of the scene in the Wizard of Oz where he said, "Ignore the man behind the curtain."
He began the talk by asking the candidates, "Why are you here? Really? Why are you here?" Then proceeded with a scripture reference in Gal 4:9 stating that "Now he knows God, he wants to be baptized."
He went over the 9 steps that lead to baptism, I was only able to note 5 (he talks too fast). Taking in Knowledge (a gnostic view), Increasing Faith by Knowledge, Associating with other believers by attending meetings, Repent of sins, and turn around from them.
He went on to talk about tattoos (why tattoos???) and stated to those considering them to first talk to Jehovah God about it, then let Jehovah God talk to you by doing research on tattoos. RESEARCH??? That floored me as this was how I was able to discern that these people did not have the truth when I prayed about what I should do concerning my faith. The speaker said that research is a method of lingering in prayer. So I wonder how many of those baptismal candidates knew the truth about the 'truth?'
He went on to say that Satan is seeking to taint us (the baptismal candidates) and the he uses tools like the Internet, Video Games, and even driving our car. DRIVING OUR CAR??? Now that's paranoia, I thought.
He proclaimed them to be a witness of Jehovah and admonished them to keep proving and asking. Hmmmm, I guess that does not apply to anyone in the congregation who wants to prove and ask about the religion itself.
Finally he concluded by warning them that Satan wants them to forget about Jehovah. Which I guess to them is synonomous with the organization.
He asked the same two questions where I commented that they are now baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Spirit-directed organization. He proclaimed them ordained ministers (so a 10 yr old candidate is now an ordained minister, yayyy, he can now marry people).