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Hi there, My name is RJ and for two days I have been nonstop searching for clarification on counting time with unbaptized children. The organized to do Jehovah's will briefly talks about it. It states that a family head can count the time, study, and return visits for family worship. I understand that part. 4 hours per month, 4 return visits per month, and one study. Here is my dilemma, under the same sub-heading as that part it states that we count time, return visits, and bible studies for any one whom we study with that is unbaptized. I have four children and not only do we have our weekly family worship but each child also has their own independent study as well, age appropriate material for each child. So my question is, where can I find clarification of the situation? I was told no matter what you do with your family max is 4hr/ month, 4R.V./month, and one study/ month, however they are all unbaptized bible students. Thank you for your time and patience. - Brother RJ

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I'd ask my service overseer and follow his direction. The Elders are there to guide us and although they aren't perfect and may get it wrong they are still the appointed shepherds of the congregation. Obedience to Jehovah's arrangement is much more pleasing to Jehovah than how many hours you can count.

I hope this helps.

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Yes... please only ask elders in your area so that they can wield their own opinions about these weighty matters.

Oh wait... elders are under strict orders to not offer their opinions....

So.... pray about it and come up with your own scheme?

 

Wait.... I just got an answer from above .... you are only allowed 3 hours per month per child .... and Jesus says he agrees.

but it must be in lunar minutes.

or was that just my "opinion"? :D

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We are NOT ALL ONLY Absolute Witnesses of Jehovah and of Jehovah's Loving Children...a/k/a Actually Good Standing before Jehovah, Active JW's. 

That having been shared...There's Always the Opposition & Even Worst...Some May even be of Our Former Brother's &/or Sister's...

Therefore, there are Always Going to be The Possible Sad, and even Mis-Informed, or even the Very, Most Hateful of Apostates being Used by satan and his follower's, right  Out Here, on the Web, too...just "food for thought" for a time of absolute meditation. ;0(  

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I too had four children. You do what you need to do for your children. Yes, it takes time, but it is time well spent. You are not limited to 4 hours a month just like any other study. If you regularly study on say Friday evening then some months you will have 5 studies some months 4. Just be regular at it.

Also, as an elder told me many years ago, the Society could just as well said you cannot count any family study time. After all, most people don't have children so all their bible studies are with truly interested not captive family members. 

Be glad you have the time to study with all of them and make the best of what you have. To soon the time will be when they don't have time for you and will have their own families. 

Cheers,

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Be happy that you are not a one legged American Indian limited to Studies on days when your license plate number is the same odd or even number as the number of the day of the Study.

Remember this basic rule: "A cow is ONLY a cow if it does not have a sign around its neck saying it is a horse.

Got it?

GOOD!

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