Is this an "all-time" Low?

by Je.suis.oisif 15 Replies latest jw experiences

  • Je.suis.oisif


    I just wanted to vent, nothing more. My aunt died in Edinburgh last week. Her Obituary facilitates adding candles & personal messages. On her page is a message of deepest symathy with 2 scriptures that could've come right out of the Reasoning Book under the subject of death. Now I know I'm only speculating here, but it's a gut feeling, and being a faded JW it kind of leaps off the page at me.

    Has anyone else knowledge of this type of informal witnessing. If it is what I think it is. It just grates my carrot :÷(

  • DesirousOfChange

    Just wait for the JW funeral talk. Really it's a JW Infomercial.

  • zeb

    I attended a funeral for a little one and they all gathered in the hall chattering on just like at a meeting and standing in all their usual places. It was re run the meeting tape. and had to be told to sit down the service was about to start.. and having added this negative please accept my sincere condolences on your loss.

  • Je.suis.oisif

    DOC, my aunt is not a JW. All my aunt's family & extended family are RC. Sorry I didn't make this clear. It seems as if the message has been added anonymously. And if it is another form of witnessing, then it's up there with letter sending & counting time IMHO.

  • ToesUp

    Sorry for your loss. Many of the Pioneers in our area were going to the funeral homes webpage. They would add comments to the obituary regarding the JW hope. Easy way to count time.

  • Nathan Natas
    Nathan Natas

    Sorry to hear your carrot is not feeling grate; take two radishes and call me in the morning.

  • hoser

    The pioneers can start their "time" at 6:00am on their iPad. Snooze in bed for another hour, have breakfast and get ready for the arrangement By noon they could have clocked in 6 hours.

  • scratchme1010

    Has anyone else knowledge of this type of informal witnessing. If it is what I think it is. It just grates my carrot :÷(

    Yes, in fact, it's very common for JWs to use somebody's loss to push their proselytizing.

  • Mary

    Actually, this is not unheard of. Some Witnesses will do ANYTHING to get their hours in, no matter how low they have to sink. Here's a case that happened last year in Florida that the media picked up on:

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A local father who wishes to remain anonymous sent Action News Jax a copy of a letter sent to his family's church.

    The letter read in part: "Sorry about your loss. I read about it from the obituary."

    Jehovah’s Witness literature was attached to the letter.

    “In a time when a family is grieving they need to be surrounded by family and friends. That's not a time for a person to proselytize their views,” the father said.

    He tells me it's the second time his family received a letter like this. He said something similar came to his home in January shortly after he lost his daughter.

    "We found a tract from the Jehovah's Witnesses, which I found horribly inappropriate,” he said.

    The most recent letter was signed by an Eva Robinson.

    Action News Jax reporter Katie McKee tracked down Robinson and spoke with her on Thursday.

    McKee: “What is the overall purpose of them getting this pamphlet if they belong to a Presbyterian church?"

    Robinson: "That doesn't matter. We are not trying to change anyone's religion. We are just simply encouraging."

    Robinson was apologetic when told a family was angered and offended by the letters.

    "I’m sorry. I meant no harm,” Robinson said.

    Robinson said she frequently sends these letters to families listed in obituaries. She said this is first time she has heard of someone having an issue with it.

    "I think it just reflects upon her leadership, which is unfortunately interpreting scriptures in a very shallow way,” the local father said.

  • compound complex
    compound complex

    Greetings, je.suis.oisif:

    I'm sorry that your aunt has died. I was close to several of my aunts, including great aunts.

    On Facebook, my JWs -- bless their hearts -- rarely have an original thought. Invariably, they post a ready-made JW.ORG sermon and image.

    Do they count their time???

    I dunno . . .

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