Vander - Ditto -- You made mine and I always appreciate your comments/posts.
Interesting field service experiences
Naïve me had a study (Truth book) with Rock Hudson. He was actually a very nice guy and had not yet been outed.
I also went door to door with Michael Jackson (in disguise)...a very strange experience!
And I left a magazine at the house were the Manson family killed Sharon Tate and her friends the day before it happened...
Dude, you can't leave us hanging like that.....details, man!
FF...if that was for me, not much to expand on. Rock didn't progress, so I stopped the study. He never was inappropriate and actually seemed to be searching for something.
Michael was very shy and if people recognized him we had to move to another street because news traveled fast..he seemed to be quite sincere in his efforts to get his "time" in. I give him props for trying...
Not much to say about the Manson massacre house. The police never followed up, so I am assuming the magazine was trashed before the murders and wasn't noticed. The murders were the talk of the congregation as it was in our territory, and the card for that set of streets was still "checked out"!
How does one start a study with Rock Hudson? Did you find him door to door? Informal witnessing? What was the "hook" that drew him in (resurrection hope, a search for meaning in life, fear of nuclear annihilation, etc.)?
If you worked with MJ in service, you must have been in his congregation. Must have been a real circus when he attended meetings? Did he try to just fit in as "Brother Jackson"? Did regular JWs flock around him? Invite him to their homes for a "get together"?
Who answered the door at the Manson murder house?
Sounds like you could write a really interesting memoir!
Started the study with Rock going D2D...this was 50 years ago, so starting studies was not that difficult then. I can't remember exactly what appealed to him, but the Truth book was quite general in its appeal...I recall he was looking to up his spiritual game.
MJ's meeting attendance was irregular due to his schedule, but when he came, it was usually with family and he was very low key. We did see "interested ones" come to meetings to just catch a glimpse. The people in the congregation did tend to flock to him, and I always thought he was uncomfortable with that. After Thriller came out and he was "counseled", his meeting attendance dropped off. I left that congregation before he had disassociated himself.
No one answered the door at the Tate house...just left a magazine "sample" at the door. I was vacation pioneering, so had to get those placements as well as the hours!! After the murders, I was sure the police would come knocking to see why I was at the house!! (not that they would know it was me!). It was just creepy to see the news of that massacre knowing I had been there the day before.
I was at a door by myself and the guy let me go thru my presentation then declined, but then asked me if I knew anything about pest control (I'm a licensed pest control business owner) I told him I know alittle. What is the issue are you having? Come to find out he had a bad ant problem. I should him how to treat it himself and we have been good friends since.
Are you confirming that MJ disassociated himself, because I don't think it's ever been known, most people speculating he got disfellowshipped or just became inactive.
I got my Social Studies teacher at the door. It made for an awkward experience that Saturday and an even more awkward Monday.