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Melinda Mills

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    Melinda Mills reacted to Kosonen in Aircrafts waiting for us all to flee to the wilderness   
    I would seek for special permit from the Australian government to gather in the wilderness without passports or papers. Nobody would be disturbed by us in the wilderness anyway. 
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    Melinda Mills reacted to Srecko Sostar in Aircrafts waiting for us all to flee to the wilderness   
    Russian JW's will go to Siberia "wilderness" with Antonov 225.
     How many JW's members are aviators for such airplanes? 
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    Melinda Mills reacted to James Thomas Rook Jr. in Aircrafts waiting for us all to flee to the wilderness   
    ...travel like Hillary Clinton does ... on a broom.
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    Melinda Mills reacted to 4Jah2me in Aircrafts waiting for us all to flee to the wilderness   
    Oh dear, I do hope this whole topic is supposed to be a joke. 
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    Melinda Mills reacted to James Thomas Rook Jr. in Aircrafts waiting for us all to flee to the wilderness   
    I don't know about you, but I am NOT getting on aircraft without pilots.

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    Melinda Mills reacted to 4Jah2me in Jehovah's Witnesses with covid-19 - announcement at Bethel   
    Very sad news that anyone should get this horrible virus, and even worse that they should die from it.
    But there is the wonderful hope of the resurrection which will bring good health and much better living conditions.
    Stay safe as much as you can.  
     
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    Melinda Mills got a reaction from 4Jah2me in Aircrafts waiting for us all to flee to the wilderness   
    You are already out into the wilderness with this expectation/interpretation. Where will Russia fit in?
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    Melinda Mills got a reaction from James Thomas Rook Jr. in Aircrafts waiting for us all to flee to the wilderness   
    You are already out into the wilderness with this expectation/interpretation. Where will Russia fit in?
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    Melinda Mills reacted to Anna in Jehovah's Witnesses with covid-19 - announcement at Bethel   
    Update on that: this morning (during zoom meeting for FS) our group overseer gave us new numbers from our CO. This is from April 17th, so just two days after the report I posted earlier. Over 1000 are infected and 250 dead in the USA. Of course these numbers are not going to stay constant unfortunately, so today the numbers may already be higher. 
    This is not special or privileged information by the way. Circuit Overseers have obviously been asked to share this. 
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    Melinda Mills got a reaction from James Thomas Rook Jr. in Jehovah's Witnesses with covid-19 - announcement at Bethel   
    I also got it a few days ago but no one seems to be able to verify it.  So although it is information we would wish to share, I did not share it.
     
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    Melinda Mills got a reaction from SuzA in Plymouth St. Budeaux Kingdom Hall July 29, 2013   
    For those like me who wish to know where in the world this is: The Internet said:
     
    St Budeaux is an area and ward in the north west of Plymouth in the English county of Devon.
     
    Hope it is the correct one, as there is a Plymouth in many countries.
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    Melinda Mills reacted to Arauna in Memorial 2020 during covid-19 lockdown   
    Those bunker videos were hypothetical....... but we do not know what lies in future.......this type of  lockdown may become a regular feature of life with people standing in line for food.  
    We now have curfew at night, which makes sense, because there has been some looting at night due to people not having money to buy food.  Supply chains are severely disrupted and many small businesses 'killed'. 
    So curfews could become a regular occurrence when there is shortage of food.
    :  6 I heard what sounded like a voice in the midst of the four living creatures say: “A quart of wheat for a de·narʹi·us and three quarts of barley for a de·narʹi·us; and do not harm the olive oil and the wine.” 
     
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    Melinda Mills reacted to Anna in Memorial 2020 during covid-19 lockdown   
    I had no doubts that we wouldn't be one of those who defied the authorities in this case. Defying the authorities because they forbid us to preach and meet because they don't agree with us is scriptural. But this of course is not the current situation, and we obey the superior authorities because they have ours and everyone else's health and  best interests at heart. I wonder if any of us ever foresaw that there would be a valid reason to stop gathering together, lol.  It also made me think that zoom and similar conference meetings may be used during the GT, and that those examples of meeting in the woods/attic/basement might be moot....
    But I know there are ways in which such conference meetings can be potentially hijacked....so maybe it could be the woods after all...
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    Melinda Mills reacted to JW Insider in Memorial 2020 during covid-19 lockdown   
    Another thought you bring up is this next idea:
    I'm sure the thought has occurred to some that we Witnesses have always expected an opportunity to arise when religions are "banned" or effectively put under pressure not to meet. The idea is that we Witnesses would never give in, but would risk our lives to continue on as always no matter what the authorities threatened. 
    In the past, I have stated here that it seems quite unlikely that this scenario (up to that point at least) would really allow the Witnesses to stand very far apart from other religions, because I would expect that dozens of other religions have an apocalyptic view of themselves and are awaiting the same thing. Some of these non-JW groups actually expect this action to come from the UN, too. 
    Also, we strongly expect that our meetings under ban would be "underground" or based on much smaller groupings, and effectively invisible to authorities.
    And now, with Covid-19, we see a glimpse of how many other religions react to governmental bans and restrictions on meetings. Many have defied the orders of local authorities under threat of having their doors closed and large fines imposed. Mayors are being accused of being too harsh on these restrictions because such sanctions could end up keeping the doors closed on some churches and synagogues even after the crisis is over. Yet some of these religions appear to believe that God will protect them. 
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    Melinda Mills reacted to Anna in Memorial 2020 during covid-19 lockdown   
    I have noticed many friends seem to be stressing about the acquisition of the memorial symbols during the coronavirus lockdown. There have been quite a few discussions on social media and in person.
    These discussions were mainly regarding the necessity for memorial symbols if such became troublesome to purchase and if no one in the household was a partaker. The elders sent out information, one  of which was the 85 WT 2/1/ p. 31 "question from readers" (
    Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. )which says in part: "On occasion, raging storms or floods have prevented a congregation, or some of its members, from meeting together as planned. In rare cases, martial law has been in effect with armed soldiers barring citizens from being out-of-doors after sunset. Other Christians have not been able to be at the congregation’s celebration because of being hospitalized or seriously ill. What can be done in such instances?
    While it is fitting for the whole congregation to unite for this important event, circumstances such as noted above may make that impossible. When extreme weather, a natural disaster, or the like, absolutely prevents a family or a portion of a congregation from meeting with the congregation, the isolated ones can meet and discuss Scriptural accounts such as found in Luke 22:7-23, 28-30 and; 1 Corinthians 11:20-31, as well as discussing the meaning of the occasion. Similarly, if an enforced curfew makes it impossible for a congregation to gather on the appropriate night, meeting in Congregation Book Study groups or neighborhood groups might be the best alternative, the sum of those in attendance serving as the congregation’s attendance report. A brief talk may even be given if a capable, dedicated brother is in the group. There need not be concern that no suitable emblems are available as long as no one in this emergency situation previously partook of the bread and the wine as an anointed Christian".
    It made me think about the whole topic a little bit more. To observe the memorial was a command by Jesus for the anointed, and as far as I am aware, there is nothing in the Bible commanding the great crowd to observe it, even as spectators. However, at the beginning, before the great crowd was identified, all were partakers. After that, the emblems kept being passed, and those who were anointed partook, and those who were not obviously didn't. Fast forward to today, in a congregation setting, even if we "know" that currently no one partakes, that can change. So while all the anointed are not sealed yet, we cannot assume, and stop passing along the emblems on the account that we think no one is anointed in our congregation. No one is asked beforehand if they are going to partake, that only becomes evident when the emblems reach them, and they eat the bread and drink the wine. That way, no one is put on the spot. Of course, on top of that, since we are one flock, and we support the anointed in everything, we observe the memorial with them, as spectators, and also to show appreciation for what Jesus did for us. But, under lockdown circumstances if we know for sure no one is going to partake in our family, then there is really no need for the emblems. That's how I see it anyway. But some prefer to have the emblems to help them visualize things better. Although we are supposed to be walking by faith, not by sight...😀
    I like how our website puts it: "The purpose of the Lord’s Evening Meal is to remember Jesus, showing our gratitude for his sacrifice in our behalf. (Matthew 20:28; 1 Corinthians 11:24) The observance is not a sacrament, or a religious practice that imparts merit such as grace or the forgiveness of sins. * The Bible teaches that our sins can be forgiven, not by a religious rite, but only through faith in Jesus".—Romans 3:25; 1 John 2:1, 2.
    Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Unfortunately, it seems like some are viewing the memorial as some kind of religious ritual, and are even going to pass the emblems among themselves as if touching them somehow makes all the difference....Because I come from a Catholic family, I find this kind of reasoning a little disappointing...
    Also, I don't know if anyone has listened to the memorial talk, the brother says that Jehovah's Witnesses would risk their lives to be at the memorial. In view of all the above, isn't that statement a little far fetched?
    Any thoughts?
     
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    Melinda Mills reacted to TrueTomHarley in The pandemic threatens imprisoned dissidents and journalists everywhere. They must be freed.   
    In the US there is a call for mandatory lockdown. Those who resist that call say What is the point?’ What, are you going to put people that disobey in jail, and thereby make the problems worse? That has happened in NYC. There is not much that can be done unless people voluntarily cooperate. 
    Horrible thing for those in prison. Yes, they should be released. Will they be? At least JWs have the knowledge that this life is not the ‘real life’ of 1 Timothy 6. None of us wants to die—death is inconvenient and it makes people feel bad—though death itself is not a cause of fear for those who trust in Bible promises.
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    Melinda Mills reacted to James Thomas Rook Jr. in MIT Posts Free Plans Online for an Emergency Ventilator That Can Be Built for $100   
    The air I breathe is not sterile ... heck, I have even inhaled a few insects from time to time.
    Yet ... somehow I still live!
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    Melinda Mills reacted to The Librarian in Random photo from the UK   
    Not sure... I think so.... because it is one of Money Penny's old photo she would share from the UK.
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    Melinda Mills got a reaction from The Librarian in Random photo from the UK   
    What is it? A KH with church windows?  Somebody can't type?
     
     
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    Melinda Mills got a reaction from JW Insider in Contamination   
    Saw one of the governing body members doing it on a platform yesterday.  I think it was Bro Lett.
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    Melinda Mills got a reaction from Colin Browne in Contamination   
    Saw one of the governing body members doing it on a platform yesterday.  I think it was Bro Lett.
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    Melinda Mills reacted to Colin Browne in Contamination   
    Being in an old age home, I thought it worthwhile telling workers about the 'elbow' method of greeting to avoid touching with the hands. While doing so, one of them said that they had been doing this for some time. In fact, they even added another method. (Perhaps to avoid all bodily contact.) Each would thump the inner side of their right foot against that of the other person. Well, well, well, we learn new things nearly every day.
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    Melinda Mills reacted to James Thomas Rook Jr. in All U.S. banks will now never go bankrupt no matter what!   
    This was inevitable.
    That is why soon the most precious metal may soon be lead, with a brass casing.
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    Melinda Mills got a reaction from JW Insider in If a JW votes in a national election ... will there be congregational sanctions against him?   
    This was taken for granted in the answers above - that they personally will not vote. But going into the polling station is another matter.  And no one but God and the superior authorities knows what he has done in the booth.  More reason for updates and further directives if this is a problem for overseers, and validating why Bro Rook wants to see something more detailed written.
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    Melinda Mills reacted to James Thomas Rook Jr. in If a JW votes in a national election ... will there be congregational sanctions against him?   
    I would prefer it to be a clarification in the Watchtower ... perhaps "Questions From Readers."
    ... but then again, about half of those questions appear to come from the mind of Eddie Haskell, Wally Cleaver's best friend, from the TV show "Leave it to Beaver".
    The "Secret Elders Handbook " can be found on the Internet ten minutes after the Branch Offices get a copy, and although the Society has given printed copies to the Australian Government, and the Finnish Government, among others, most JWs do not know it even exists.
    The United States Armed Forces have a book that covers the foundation of military law that covers life and regulations, and punishments in the military, the UCMJ ... the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
    ... which EVERYBODY in the military knows about, and has access to.
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