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Published: Saturday, July 5 2014 5:00 p.m. MDT

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Furry1993
Ogden, UT

My husband an I live next door to a Jehovah's Witness family. They are the salt of the earth and are excellent neighbors. They know we are LDS and we all respect each others beliefs. when my husband was critically ill, they exercised their faith on his behalf (and helped me temporally to deal with his hospitalization and illness). When one of them was ill we exercised our faith on their behalf (including with their approval putting the ill family member's name on the prayer roll). In each case we recognized that the other family was doing its best according to the tenets of its faith to help us. By agreement we all work to convert through example and not door-knocking. That is how the Bible message should be spread.

LovelyDeseret
Gilbert, AZ

It is nice to see the Jehovah Witness doctrine spelled out in a positive way. It seems like the most bitter vile people try to shout down their message and so we never get to truly find out what it is. Thank you Deseret News.

Sports Are Great
Salt Lake City, UT

Furry,

Great story. I also support the brethren's decision to have missionaries knock doors throughout the world. If the brethren have decided that's what we should do - who am I to call them wrong?

J.D.
Aurora, CO

Great article..There are so many parallels between the JW and LDS philopospy of belief. I think we could learn allot from each other.

jeanie
orem, UT

We've been visited monthly for a number of years by a nice JW couple. We've had some great talks about religion and politics, I have to say, we joke that they are our home teachers of another religion. They think about what message might be relevant to our life, stop by regularly near the end if each month, chat briefly with us at the front door, leave a Watchtower or two and leave. While we have made it clear we believe and are content with our religion we respect their sincerity and appreciate that they feel we are a family worth perusing.

sharrona
layton, UT

RE: Sports Are Great,who am I to call them wrong? True,

But(John 1:1 KJV,NIV,NASB,…)In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,and the Word(Jesus)was God. “Jesus is God”.

(John 1:1 NWT)“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was ‘a god.” In the Jehovah’s Witnesses New World Translation,Jesus is‘a god”.

Wade A
Provo, UT

Great article! On my LDS mission I met a dozen or so pious Jehovah's Witnesses. I was impressed with their intellect and devotion to their faith. Their zeal for missionary work is something I strive for in my own faith.

higv
Dietrich, ID

I got my stranger door knocking in as LDS missionary. A few have came by and I took there pamphlets out of curiosity. Funny thing on Mission people kept wishing us merry Christmas. Though Jehovah's Witness's party they do not believe in holidays. I visited a Kingdom Hall in Sarasota Florida on Mission around Christmas and they had an outing for December 25th, the worldly holiday of Christmas. They were friendly to us after the service.

There are no famous Jehovah's Witness Politicians as they don't run for office. However are there any famous Jehovah's Witness actors or athletes? I did stop by one business for some materials and one guy was quoting many scriptures, wondered if he was Jehovahs Witness.

sashabill
Morgan Hill, CA

While I may disagree with various teachings of the Jehovah's Witnesses, I do not presume to judge what is in their hearts or where they may stand before their maker. I have had the opportunity to learn and study about several religious faiths, including the Baha'is, Sikhs, Jehovah's Witnesses, Islam, Eastern Orthodoxy, and others. I look for that which is "virtuous, lovely, of good report, or praiseworthy," and I usually find it.

Californian#1@94131
San Francisco, CA

Another good story about religion and the community, like the one about Catholic Bishop Wester. I wish my local media had this many positive stories about religious groups and beliefs, instead of ones that focus on political issues or people disagreeing or conflicting with each other.

The last Witness I knew well was a co-worker at a job where we were on rotating schedules to cover 24/7 needs, and we both ended up quitting because of conflicts between the job schedules and our Sabbaths and spiritual lives.

The human race is full of good people who love and serve God in their own way, and make the world a better place. As one person said that was quoted in the article, "Jehovah's Witnesses, they inspire me. They are out and about doing God's work, God's will."

I think that is what all of us who love God hope and wish to do, and it's uplifting to read about people who really do it.

FT1/SS
Virginia Beach, VA

They come to my home a couple times a year. Very friendly, and I always encourage them to continue their work. Scripture wise there very shallow, and they've learned to stop sharing a scripture with me. They drop off a watchtower, and off they go now.

ordinaryfolks
seattle, WA

I have met some awfully nice atheists too. I wonder if an article that followed the good works of an atheist family would get the same kudos from those who possess one faith or another.

And I seriously doubt that this religious camaraderie really exists at all. I read and see an awful lot of shouting and haranguing to a more liberal religious mindset from Mormons, Southern Baptists and the unaffiliated evangelical churches.

Free Agency
Salt Lake City, UT

Ah, another knock on my door from people eager to tell me who God "really" is. They've got their script and now they want to tell me the part I'll be playing in it.

"Sorry," I always say, "I don't want to live in a script. There's not enough room for growth as who I really am. And I don't believe God wants me to live in a script either."

I'm so grateful I grew up in the Jewish tradition (which isn't a script but an ongoing argument). We don't proselytize because we believe every righteous person has "a share in the world to come." Live and let live. Develop your own spiritual sensibilities. And if you don't feel the inclination to do that, that's okay too.

Just be good to people. And be good to yourself. (Which doesn't mean to buy every gizmo out there but to live with love and compassion for yourself. How can you give those to others if you don't have them for yourself?)

I'm thinking of putting my own sign on my door. Not "No Soliciting," but "I'm Already Taken."

BlueHusky
Mission Viejo, CA

JW's come by once in a while. I like to talk to them. I've invited a couple to come back, but they never do. Too bad. There's a big JW meeting house next to our Stake Center. I certainly don't see why anybody would shun them. I've traveled and worked in many countries, especially in Asia. If you listen to them, you see commonalities.

My main issue with anti-Mormon Evangelicals and others is that they are so interested in bashing LDS beliefs that they have no interest in finding out what we actually believe. This is certainly true of people who shun the JWs. When the Newport Beach Temple had its open house, a large evangelical mega-church helped by providing parking space. They also sponsored an LDS - Evangelical Dialogue which included speakers from BYU. I'm encouraged by this.

It will all work out in the end.

But if Atheists are right, we'll never know it.

donn
layton, UT

RE: Jesus said the Father was greater than He not because Jesus is not God but because Jesus was also a man; and as a man, he was in a lower position. He was ". . . made for a little while lower than the angels . . ." (Heb. 2:9). Also in Phil. 2:6-8 NIV, Who, being in very nature God….” For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form(Col 2:9).

Jehovah's Witnesses spell YHWH as "Jehovah". The letter "J" doesn't even exist in Hebrew, Greek, Latin. The English language did not have a letter "J" before about 1500 AD. For example, the very first edition of the KJV printed in 1611 AD, contained no "J". Instead the letter "I" is used for Jesus, Joshua, John. AND the person pronoun "I". These words were written in 1611 AD as Iesus, Ioshua and Iohn.

Objectified
Richfield, UT

@ ordinaryfolks:

Why would you "doubt that this religious camaraderie exists at all"?
I've noticed in my fairly long life that people usually find whatever it is they look for. If you look for animosity from and between people, that's what you'll end up finding. If you instead look for peace and friendship between people, you'll usually find that as well.

One thing is certain, there are honest and good people in almost all religions who have good hearts and intentions. You aren't helping yourself or your cause is by taking it upon yourself to judge their motives and intentions... especially without personally knowing them.

There are outliers and fringe elements in all religions. You're making a mistake to judge an entire sect based on the actions of those few. But apparently, that's what it is that you're looking for. So yes, that's what you'll end up finding.

If you are concerned how an article about atheists will be accepted, then perhaps you should write a guest editorial on the subject and see what happens. That would be much more telling than making preconceived judgements about their acceptance or lack thereof.

Dennis
Harwich, MA

Jehovah Witness missionaries stopped by my home a couple of weeks ago. Being an RM I was respectful and chatted on the front porch for a few minutes. His enthusiasm about the Bible was palpable. I stopped him short and asked him who wrote, compiled and produced the Bible as we know it today. His answer.....God. Thanks for your time, and walked in the house.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

donn,

"....Jehovah's Witnesses spell YHWH as "Jehovah". The letter "J" doesn't even exist in Hebrew, Greek, Latin...."
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Jehovah was the English transliteration of the Hebrew name for God when the King James Bible was published in 1611. Modern scholarship transliterates it as Yahweh, which may also not be exact. It’s educated guesswork based on prevailing scholarships of two eras separated by four centuries.

Which employs the more correct English consonants substituted for the Hebrew? Which employs the most likely vowels? Did the name have three syllables as in Jehovah or two as in Yahweh? We don’t know for certain and may not ever. Even Jewish scholars of today and Israeli Jews who speak modern Hebrew don’t know for sure what ancient Hebrew sounded like as a spoken language.

Let’s give the Jehovah’s Witnesses a break on this one.

Darrel
Eagle Mountain, UT

@sharrona

How is that radically different from what we believe (assuming your LDS)?

We believe the three beings in the Godhead are "gods" in and of themselves...it is their unity that makes them "God"

We believe there are many "gods" and hope to be among their number at some point in the eternities.

So, where is the difference?

sharrona
layton, UT

RE: Darrel, (assuming your LDS)? No, I Believe in a Tri-une(Trinity) God, 3 persons one God.

RE: Craig Clark,The Jehovah’s Witnesses’ NWT changes, Romans 10:13 "Lord" to "Jehovah." This revision obscures the fact that the Lord referred to in verse 13 is the same Lord called Jesus in verse 9. Since the JWs reject the deity of Jesus, the revision is made accordingly.

Correct examples: “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."(Romans 10:13NIV)Paul quotes“… Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved(Joel 2:32 NIV)

The Greek word, kurios, translated "Lord" has been revised to "Jehovah" over 200 times in the NWT. The JWs insist that this is the only valid title for God, even though Greek-speaking Jews used "Lord" and "God" in place of "Yahweh" (the source of "Jehovah") throughout their Septuagint translation of the Old Testament. Also, the Bible contains dozens of names for God other than Lord, Yahweh, or Jehovah.

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