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1MKnight

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About 1MKnight

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    Brother
  • First Name
    Michael
  • Relationship Status
    Happily Wed
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    Pacific Northwest
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  • Baptized
    Yes

How I Found the Truth

  • How I found the Truth
    I was raised around the Truth. My mother was a witness, and raised me the best she could. I have always been someone who is very critical, especially when younger. At a certain point in my youth I decided I needed to figure out where my life should be headed, and thus, whether or not Jehovah's Witnesses really had the truth. I first looked at the theory of Evolution vs Creation and after months of that it became clear that the Universe was designed. Then I set off to see if the Bible was something that could be trusted. Once that was settled I needed to figure out what was the correct understanding of it. I researched many teachings of various churches, and always compared them to JWs. I eventually was exposed to material that shown the witnesses in a negative light. But, myself being critical of everything led me to double check these negative claims. Over time it became evident that these were obvious lies thinly veiled as facts. As I studied the Bible more and more I became convinced that this was the Truth. I was baptized that year.

My Hobbies & Interests

  • My Interests
    Research and study; Typography; Motion Design; Bookbinding
  • My favorite books
    Besides theocratic: "Truth in Translation - Bias and accuracy in English Translation"; "Thinking in Type"; "East of Eden";
  • My favorite music
    Progressive Rock; Some EDM; Orchestral; Singer/Songwriter; Bluegrass
  • My favorite movies
    Starwars Ep 5
  • My favorite quotes
    “If we work upon marble, it will perish; if we work upon brass, time will efface it; if we rear temples, they will crumble into dust; but if we work upon immortal minds and instill into them just principles, we are then engraving that upon tablets which no time will efface, but will brighten and brighten to all eternity. ” - Daniel Webster

    "A single grey snowflake sifting down. He caught it in his hand and watched it expire there like the last host of Christendom." - The Road

    "Quality is a probabilistic function of quantity" - Dean Simonton

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  1. The Podcast is called What Trump Can Teach Us About CON Law. Here is the episode: "Right to Dissent" The host is Roman Mars of 99Percent Invisible fame. It's very positive, or, I should say it's very neutral. It says nothing negative about us and talks about the facts very professionally.
  2. I love translation, and reading about translation - especially of the NWT. This just made me realize how much official material about translation there is pertaining to the NWT that other languages have that English doesn't. Not to say that English is starved for spiritual food in this regard, but knowing that each edition of the NWT has it's own translation challenges is so fascinating, and oh-so-slightly depressing that I'll not be able to know what these challenges and stories are. For instance, the talk "The Word of God is not Bound" by Nicholas Ahladis brings up many of the translation challenges in multiple different languages that are unique to those languages. I do sorely wish that each translation came with copious translation notes and commentary on how they went about these issues. I know that the study edition is doing much in that respect, which I do appreciate.
  3. Only rarely... Thus, one of my current goals is to commend someone every single day. And not the same person (my wife) over and over. But to reach out and commend a different person every day. This can be done in person, or through text. Some in my congregation have expressed that they do not feel that our congregation shows affection and commendation towards eachother enough, so I'm trying to change that by starting with myself. I highly encourage everyone to do the same thing, and tell others about this goal - it may just encourage them to start trying to commend and upbuild others like you. I'm highly introverted, and shy, so heres a few things of what I've found works. Write cards. Put your actual feelings on them about this person and think of what you admire about them (unfortunately, sometimes that takes a while, but it goes faster if you get to know them). Send a text. if someone missed meeting or a regular day out in service, ask them if they're ok. Just tell them in person. For people I'm comfortable around, or when I know I could word it correctly, I just commend them.
  4. There is a small typo in the original 2013 printing of the 2013 Revised New World Translation. pg 267. the header says It should have said That's it. 😂
  5. https://www.jw.org/he/פרסומים/ספרים/לאלוהים-יש-חדשות-טובות-עבורך/מיהו-אלוהים/סרטון-שם-אלוהים/ See 2:00 "Yo-vah" is my transliteration.
  6. Has anyone heard of a devotional called "Rhapsody of Realities"? In doing some research to my last question I came upon it here: List of literary works by number of translations - September 25th 2017 Revision. It says that their website has been translated into 837 languages. However, when you actually go to the website and click the "Translate" button, it says there are "101 languages". Then, on their "Other 900 Languages" page there are listed 651 languages for their devotional. According to it's publisher's Wikipedia page it says: However, the page reads as an advertisement for their church: So I am doubtful as to it's authenticity. That in addition to the fact that I cannot find a single external source referring to the translation work of this group. Anyone heard of this?
  7. A year or so ago, the Wikipedia article List of literary works by number of translations had numerous Watchtower Bible and Tract Society publications on it's list such as "Listen to God" and others, numbered at around 500-700 languages. (I don't remember specific numbers). However, now that list does not contain them. Is there any way to see on our website how many languages a specific publication is currently in?
  8. A simple point: Omnivores often feel that people's diets are being forced/imposed on them. People want to be good hosts naturally. When guests come over who can't eat half of what you eat - especially if it's not because of a doctor prescribed diet - then wanting to be a good host a provide a meal that you can share, becomes difficult - even a pain. In my hall a large percentage of people have varied and conflicting diets. So this comes up a lot where I'm at xD Recently, at our meeting for those interested in S.K.E., our C.O. mentioned that if you apply, do not expect your dietary preferences to be accommodated. It can add extra burden to hosts who are already extending themselves out to you. Of course people can be flexible, and sometimes there are serious dietary restrictions. But the advice was to be balanced and moderate in your diets and expectations especially if you're planning on serving in such an extended capacity as the S.K.E. (P.S. - I think this is like the fifth time I've brought out points from this meeting since attending. xD)
  9. The news was sad at first - and still is - but seeing how so many brothers - likely strangers in some cases - are taking in so many fellow worshippers who need homes and support is encouraging. We get to host people in our terribly modest apartment from time to time and it is a blessing, I can only imagine what it's like for all the friend's in India right now (the struggles, heartbreaks and simultaneously the encouragement and support)
  10. Because of how Jehovah's Witnesses have been treated in the media regarding sexual abuse, I tend to take reports like this with a grain of salt. However, what differences I'm seeing here between allegations against the Watchtower vs the Catholic Church is that the abusers are the Priests themselves, and the Scope of the problem. Is there any other reasons why i should believe that this is not just being inflated by the media? What are some of the main differences?
  11. Thank you for finding the article That's a really cool story, thanks for sharing
  12. I like your comment I'm in the middle of simplifying right now. It's hard work xD 🤣🤣🤣🤣 We've gotten rid of hundreds of items of clothing, instruments, electronic systems/computers, over 75% of our theocratic library (now fits on one shelf) and even one of our cars. It's a fun (read: scary) ride, but we keep seeing Jehovah help us which gives us the courage to keep it going.
  13. Now I can finally get the Library on my wife's computer!
  14. JW.org must have a VERY specific target audience. 🤣🤣🤣🤣
  15. I like that when you get a question answer wrong, it elegantly corrects you. I think It'd be a good exercise to look over how it does this and meditate on how we could do the same in the ministry when a householder gives a very wrong answer.
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