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  1. It seems only a limited number of publishers, selected among those vaccinated, will be at the KH. The rest of the congregation, as well as students and interested people, will join on Zoom. The purpose of these pilot meetings is to identify possible issues with the hybrid in-person/Zoom system.
  2. The word used here in Greek simply means "offspring". It often refers to small children, but it can refer to adults too. Yet IMO context makes it clear that this particular scripture is addressed to young people who still live with their parents and depend on them. The scripture says: “Children, be obedient to your parents in union with the Lord, for this is righteous. “Honor your father and your mother” is the first command with a promise: “That it may go well with you and you may remain a long time on the earth.” And fathers, do not be irritating your children, but go on bringing them up in the discipline and admonition of Jehovah.” (Ephesians 6:1-4) While adults have the obligation of honoring their parents too, notice the last sentence. One would not expect parents to discipline their adult children, already married and living in their own homes, or bring them up in the admonition of Jehovah. That has to refer to children who still live under their authority. After all, Jesus said adult children would leave their parents when they get married.
  3. Some years ago we made friends with a couple who are not Witnesses. They are really nice and decent people and have principles they stand for. They are extremely respectful with our beliefs. I love talking with them about books, movies or life in general. He knows a lot about science and knows how to explain things in an understandable way. They have always been very helpful and generous too. They helped us every time we had to do some work at home, they also always offer themselves to take care of our dogs when we are abroad. Of course we have also done the same for them. I would say they are wonderful people. We used to spend a lot of time with them, yet at some point, due to circumstances, we lost contact. Then after a while, I realized how much they were influencing us. It's not that they intentionally discouraged us, but spending so much time with them was affecting our spirituality. When you spend a lot of time with someone, you will inevitably start adopting their viewpoints and attitudes. It's not that we were going to leave the truth but it wasn't helping us to come close to Jehovah. And it affected our choice of entertainment too. But we couldn't see any of this at the time. It was only afterwards that we realized this, when we were doing better spiritually. After a while we resumed contact with this couple. We still meet from time to time. I love and appreciate them, and I very much like to talk with them. But now we are careful not to spend much time with them. Maybe once in several months we have a walk in the woods or have dinner together. That way we make sure they don't influence us too much. And we can always use opportunities to talk about Jehovah. But we have understood, by our own experience, that we should only spend time regularly with those who love Jehovah.
  4. Thanks, Baptiste! But that means changing your system language. That's why I said you cannot change JW Library to a language different than your Android system. Good to know that it's possible to do it on iOS.
  5. Or she could attend the meeting in a different congregation and participate with comments and association.
  6. Janet, these in-person meetings we are talking about are just a pilot program, an experiment. They are not open to the public nor even to the whole congregation. Only a few fully vaccinated publishers will be invited to the KH while the rest of the congregation will join by Zoom. The purpose of those meetings is to see how well the mixed in-person/Zoom system works and detect issues that might appear. As you say we still have a long way to go before we resume meetings as we did in the past.
  7. Nobody has been hurt so far by this eruption, since the lava flow is very slow and people have time to flee with days in advance. Yet recently a drone detected some idiot left and abandoned his dogs. The poor animals are surrounded by lava, without water or food for many days. It's impossible to get to the area either by car or by helicopter due to the volcanic ashes. So two companies are using drones to bring them food and water. They say when the dogs were discovered a few days ago they could hardly walk. Now they run like crazy when they hear the drones. Tomorrow they will try to rescue them. The plan is to use some traps to lure them into a net, one by one, then take them using two drones. The whole country is now on edge with on that rescue. I hope everything goes well.
  8. I like manna. Attending meetings in person, in our case, requires a considerable amount of time, money and stress. With Zoom we just log in 20 or 15 minutes before the meeting and that's it. After the meeting sometimes we stay talking for hours. But when we finish, we don't have to drive 45 minutes back home. Rain, fog, traffic jams or animals crossing the road are not an issue anymore. And during lockdown I was missing talking to the friends face to face, but now we meet with them quite often. I understand those who miss their in-person meetings but I would pick Zoom a thousand times. Danielle, Zoom is here to stay. The GB has realized all that you mention there. A lot of friends who often (or always) missed meetings or attended on the phone due to health issues or similar now can have exactly the same activity as anyone: They can comment, have parts at the meeting, go in service... In part the reason for this pilot program of going back to the hall is to test how a hybrid Zoom/in-person meeting works.
  9. Those are good news. A lab here in Spain is developing a vaccine that is simply inhaled thought your nose, no need of needles. I guess as time passes labs will develop new and more efficient methods. Until now all the research has been quite hurried due to the urgency of the situation.
  10. We had an update at the meeting last night regarding the friends at La Palma. 17 brothers and sisters have been evacuated and are staying with relatives or with other witnesses. Nobody (either JWs or non-JWs) has been hurt so far. The branch has organized a special meeting with the three congregations in the island to comfort and encourage the friends, although they are staying spiritually strong.
  11. See if this can help: How do you turn off text messages on Android? How to Disable SMS on Android Tap the “Messaging” icon on the Android device. Press or tap the “Menu” button. The Messaging Menu appears. Press or tap the “Settings” option in the Messaging Menu. Uncheck the “Auto-Retrieve” option. Uncheck the “Notifications” option. The default SMS application is now disabled on the Android phone. Warning. Source: https://ostoday.org/android/how-do-i-turn-off-text-and-calls-on-my-android.html
  12. Oops, sorry! My phone allows me to do that. But I see your phone has a "Do not disturb" mode. Please, try that one instead.
  13. Arumuga, you could set your phone to plane mode, then activate only mobile data (or wifi, whatever you use). While in plane mode you won't receive any calls or SMSs. Don't forget to exit plane mode after the meeting!
  14. I agree. A talk evolves with time. As you give it more times you notice some points need polishing, while others work well. Circumstances change also. What was in the news (and in everybody's mind) five years ago is completely different from what is today. If possible, I also try to take into account the audience. I ask the brothers if there will be students present at the meeting. If there are, I include some points for them and try to explain all theocratic terms. Sometimes if I know the elder who invites me I ask if there's any specific need in the congregation the talk may address.
  15. I don't know the way things work in the US. In Spain, if your worker is sick, you still have to pay them until they recover. If that's the case in the US too, the company has a strong motivation to have all its workers vaccinated. If one died from a complication with the vaccine (which is extremely unlikely since it's one case in millions) they can always hire another worker. But if their workers get sick they will have to pay people who are not producing anything. Even if things work differently in the US, from a government viewpoint it makes perfect sense to force people to get vaccinated. Most people who die of covid do not die of the disease but due to lack of room, staff or breathing devices in hospital. I mean, if the hospital ICU has 30 beds and 10 them are occupied with very sick covid patients, they can all be treated and most will survive. But if there are 500 very sick patients it won't be possible to treat them all with 30 beds and hundreds of them will die. The most people get the vaccine, the fewer very sick patients will be at ICU, and the more people will be working and paying taxes.
  16. That is true. Most covid patients recover well. Some suffer physical damage for life but many others do not have any lasting consequences. I had covid last year and for me and my wife it was life a flu that lasted little over a week. On the other hand, the GB update #8 says that, of 1400 Witnesses who contracted covid in the last four months, 486 died. That is a lot more than 3%. Only 4 of those 486 were vaccinated. If all those brothers and sisters had been vaccinated most of them would be alive today. We don't need to live in fear but we need to be careful and not take this virus lightly. It does kill people.
  17. People will still get covid unless they are vaccinated. Infectious diseases disappear when most of the population are immunized. Smallpox, measles, polio, they used to kill millions every year, now they are forgotten after most of the population received a vaccine. It would have been easier if people had taken the vaccine voluntarily, which is the most logical approach anyway. There is a virus killing people and there is a vaccine that protects you from the virus. But since everything is now politics and this choice which should have been a no brainer became a political thing in the US, American population will never reach that immunization threshold. So the government and companies are now forcing it or making life difficult for the unvaccinated. The are trying to make the virus disappear for good.
  18. I am not following your logic, Regina. Both vaccinated and unvaccinated people can spread the virus to others. But while the unvaccinated will get sick, maybe very sick and even die, those vaccinated will not have any symptoms or only mild ones. Workers who get a vaccine won't get very sick or die. What other protection could they offer? Think of what you are saying. It's like arguing that a seatbelt is useless because people have accidents despite wearing it. Well, they have accidents, but instead of dying or being terribly hurt they only have some broken bone. Even if we accept the idea that companies don't care if their workers die (which is not necessarily true), what companies don't want at all is to have their workers on sick leave for weeks or months, maybe to end up with some long term physical damages.
  19. Congratulations, Shannon! I don't reach that conclusion after watching the updates. The Slave has always said the vaccine is a personal choice (unless mandated by the authorities). They will never say we should get it because they don't have that authority. The last reports are simply providing reliable information that shows that the vaccine is very effective and quite safe. That will help many who are undecided because they have heard conflicting information. But if you prefer not to get vaccinated due to being pregnant, that's still your choice. You are not being disobedient. The Bible principle is that life is sacred. So what Jehovah expects us to do is to evaluate the pros and cons of the vaccine versus the consequences of contracting covid. Both options involve some risks. As long as we show respect for the sanctity of life that's ok with Jehovah.
  20. Wil, I don't know how to solve this issue, but you don't need to lose your notes. There is a backup function for that. Go to Personal Study and click on the cloud icon on the top right corner of the app. Then Make a backup. You can store it on Google Drive or on your device. Then when you delete and reinstall the app, use the same button to Restore backup and you will have all your notes.
  21. Susan, there is a group of moderators who enforce the forum rules and take care of matters like this. It's better to leave these subjects in their hands. If there is something you think should be addressed you can contact the moderators and let them handle it. Do not correct other members publicly.

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