Back when I was a witness, the normal thing that the society wanted people to do is call members of the congregation by their title
EX : brother xxxx, or sister vvvvv,
fast forward to today. My wife, after leaving the jw religion jumped over to becoming a mormon. Their security blanket is their titles.
For example, when those youmg white shirted boys come over they expect to be called elder xxxx ( a young teenage kid,,, come on)
my wife is always sister ______.
yet they had no problem calling me by my first name only.
whenever I would attend a get together everyone was elder / brother / sister / bishop.
Last week some young kids came over with their mother, and the conversation followed this line :
why hello sister _____, how is brother ____ ?
The kids would always address everyone by brother, sister, bishop, elder.
Yet when I came in, everyone just called me by my first name (even the kids).
To me this sounds like a sort of religious indoctination to children. Everyone who is a member of the church( who has a title) is held up on the platform. If you are not a member, we will just call you by your first name,,,, no MR, or sir, just an eight year old calling me by my name.
Sounds a little strange to me.