Ann O'Maly

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About Ann O'Maly

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  1. 2017 Annual Meeting

    End of a long era. Yearbooks have been produced for about 90 years! But seeing as personal experiences and regional JW news stories are video presentations now, I guess it makes the Yearbooks redundant.
  2. Wasn't there mention of there now being a retirement home for old and infirm Bethelites at Warwick? And a discarded understanding has been brought back about the 'vindication of God's name' - it's OK to use that term again.
  3. That whole letter-writing campaign to influence Putin and his government to intervene and halt the ban on JWs in Russia ... what was that? Wasn't that political lobbying? Wasn't that meddling in political affairs?
  4. JW Publications

    The funny thing is, old publications are JWs' worst enemy! Where do they think many of the dangerous 'apostate' ideas come from? I also wonder how long this resource and the associated youtube channel will last before a copyright infringement 'cease and desist' order from Watchtower is slapped on them. Hm, let's wait and see ... To add: I hope it lasts - it is a useful site - especially with all that is being discontinued at the moment.
  5. This is begging to be captioned. I'll start with a predictable one: "Come to the daaaark side."
  6. Suuure. Three persons in one being: JTR the Father, Witness the Begotten, and Ann the Sarcastic.
  7. So glad you have posted again, @ImStrugglingBad. Doesn't this make Jesus' sacrifice redundant? Your death isn't the answer. According to the Christian gospel, it is Jesus' sacrificial blood and one's faith in that that covers over your (and everybody else's) sins. Romans 3:22-24 "... yes, God’s righteousness through the faith in Jesus Christ, for all those having faith. For there is no distinction. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and it is as a free gift that they are being declared righteous by his undeserved kindness through the release by the ransom paid by Christ Jesus." Ephesians 2:8 "By this undeserved kindness you have been saved through faith, and this is not of your own doing; rather, it is God’s gift." Notice the tenses used here: "are being saved" and "have been saved." Jesus has done it for you already. Your death accomplishes nothing. And your existence isn't a sin. It has worth; you have as much entitlement to exist as the rest of us. Have you explored those links? How do you feel about them? Respond privately if you prefer.
  8. ? I don't think I said that. That you were serious makes it worse, JTR.
  9. The jwhc site, as far as I can tell, is a pro-JW one. (Or do you have first-hand knowledge to the contrary?) That's why I suggested it for the OP and avoided giving links to the many online ex-jw LGBT+ support groups available. The national helpline sites are there for all, regardless of a person's belief system. The jwfacts link was there because it gave a gay JW's personal experience. I hope @ImStrugglingBad checks back soon so that we know he's OK.
  10. JWs Among the Least Educated in the US

      Hello guest!
  11. I'm very sorry you are going through this, @ImStrugglingBad, but please be assured you are not alone. I'm also very sorry about the close friends you've lost. But I'm glad you have had some understanding and support from the congregation - not everyone gets that. It's worrying that the stress and depression has reached levels so that you want to self-harm. Please, please contact a suicide prevention helpline if you are getting these urges.
      Hello guest!
      Hello guest!
    As I said, you are not alone. You might like to read stories of those who have been struggling as you have.
      Hello guest!
    -This site has a private forum where you may find support from fellow gay JWs. I don't know the quality or vibe of the forum, so you'll have to figure out for yourself whether it's a healthy and comfortable place to be. There's also this person's experience you might like to read:
      Hello guest!
    You are valuable, wanted, and loved. There will be a way through this. Please hang in there. (((Internet hugs)))
  12. Learning From a Liar

    It could. But the original accusation was that he was 'wasteful' (compare Luke 15:13). Mismanaging your master's assets is also 'unrighteous' and there are a few parables in the Gospels about negligent servants.
  13. Armageddon

    Definitely not a Watchtower image. Evangelical or SDA.