Smiddy3 wrote: Was it ever really announced from the platform that MJ was DF ? I must have missed something.
I was in attendance at the Woodland Halls KH (West) when it was announced that Michael Jackson was no longer a JW. I don't remember the exact verbiage but my roommate at the time took out her tape recorder to capture my report of what was said. It was the first time I (we) had heard this generic-type separation announcement.
There was a very brief lead-up to the announcement and I left with the general impression that it was a mutually agreed upon decision. Like both 'you're fired' and 'I quit'. "Let's just say we've parted ways" type of thing.
It was neither officially announced as disassociation nor disfellowshipping. But it was definitely announced.
Since then, all other announcements have had similar language.