By Unique Larry

There are over 7.3 million active Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide. Although this religion is practiced all over the world there are still many people that have the wrong idea about the religion. Among this 7.3 million is Haley Anderson along with her fellow Kingdom Hall members Jeff Scott and Choni Brown.

Sophomore Haley Anderson was a bit wary about her knowledge of the religion and how her family would react when she first began to practice Jehovah’s Witness in 2007 but overtime she began to enjoy her religion.

“Once I learned more about it and did a Bible study I began to like it a lot,” Anderson said.

Anderson and her parents go to Kingdom Hall, The Jehovah Witnesses place of worship, twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays. Though they go to Kingdom Hall twice a week, Anderson still goes out every day determined to spread the word of Jehovah to everyone that she can.

“I go out from seven to nine but during later hours we go out in groups for safety,” Anderson said.

Anderson has made various changes in her life when she converted, like changing her attitude and sorting out her personal priorities.

“The hardest thing about conversion was telling my friends and my grandma about me converting but now they are a little bit more accepting,” Anderson said.

Despite Anderson’s dilemmas she looks forward to Judgment Day.

“When Jesus resurrects the dead I will get to see my mom again and just knowing that I can always trust in Jehovah,” Anderson said.

Jeff Scott studied various religions such Islam, Catholicism, Hinduism, and Buddhism. After all of his studies he could not help but to prefer Jehovah Witness as his religious choice.
“At first I was a bit skeptical but then I had to accept the truth,” Scott said.

Witnesses are organized under a “theocratic government”, reflecting their belief that it is a form of God’s organization on earth.

“ We are not an offshoot of any church nor do we look to any human but rather Jesus Christ as our leader,” Brown said.

Witnesses have a system set up to where everyone is equal and everyone has a chance to participate in the Kingdom Hall meetings.

“We encourage people to read the bible themselves, do not believe what your told go back and verify it for yourself,” Scott said.

Other beliefs of the Jehovah’s Witnesses include that they should not have blood transfusions, and should remain neutral in politics and wars. “Men are not able to rule themselves obviously so that is why we do not vote, God is a much better ruler than any man so we think of Jehovah as our ruler,” Anderson said.

Witnesses do believe in the authority of the Bible and trust in Jesus’ death and resurrection for salvation. They do not believe, however in the trinity or in the existence of a “hell”.

“Before the Bible was translated there was three different meanings Sheol,Hades, and Gehenna that were all translated into one word hell,” Scott said. They believe that once dead one will be in a state of unconsciousness but an “elect” few will go to heaven, or live in paradise on earth.

”I believe that Jehovah is going to resurrect me here on earth and I shall live on paradise,” Anderson said.

Witnesses do not partake in any holidays such as Easter, Halloween, Christmas or even birthdays that are all believed to be pagan ideas and are not compatible with Christian beliefs. Some may believe that the witnesses do not celebrate any holidays at all, however they do recognize the celebration of Jesus’ death (his memorial) as a holiday.

“For the memorial we go to Kingdom Hall, say a prayer, pass the bread around, say another prayer, pass the wine around, and say a final prayer,” Anderson said.

There are many wrong assumptions about Jehovah’s Witnesses like that they do not believe in Jesus, that in the future Anderson would like to clarify.

“I hope to travel the world preaching to people in other countries and sort out misconceptions of my religion,” Anderson said.

Another fallacy of her religion is that they think of themselves as “perfect” people.

“We are just normal people and we make mistakes too,” Anderson said.

13 COMMENTS

  1. I’m really glad this article came up.I have an aunt and tw ocousins that are Jehovahs wittnesses. Their actions and beliefs never really made sense, but then again I never really asked them about it. thank you for helping clear things up.

  2. I like this article a lot. It clears things up. I think others have a hard time understanding because that is not what they are used to.

  3. I really like this article, it was very informative and clears up many misconceptions people may have had about Jehovah’s Witnessess. I also like the whole religion series TRN is doing in general, I think it is important for the student body to learn about and understand religions other than their own.

  4. I like this article. I like to hear/read about religions other than my own. I think everyone needs to have a good understanding of other religions. Especially when it comes to arguing different religions, because how could you argue that one religion is better than every other if you don’t even understand any religion but your own?

  5. I like this article idea because it tells people about a religion that they might not have known much about. I, for example, couldn’t tell you much about religion outside of the one that I practice. It’s always good to learn something new even if it isn’t about your own religion.

  6. Before reading this article, the only thing I knew about Jehova’s Witnesses was that they were the people who always came by my house asking me to convert or look into the religion. Now I know a bit more about it, this is a good article and a good follow up on the series.

  7. I had no clue what a Jehova’s Witness was. My friend Aaron would always joke and say he would become a Jehovah’s Witness to get out of the draft. Now that I have a better understanding of this religion, I might not laugh next time. Also, I must say that this seems like an extremely hard religion to convert. No Christmas? Oh no! I guess if you were born into this religion it wouldn’t be hard. It’s all about faith.

  8. I really enjoy this series. It is enlightening to find out info about other religions instead of just guessing. Before I never really knew what exactly J.W’s beliefs were other than my general assumptions, now I feel as though I am thoroughly informed.

  9. I find this whole series so intriguing. People’s faith is such a personal and most of the time unique thing that taking a look into their faith is pretty much like taking a look into their own thoughts. I had no idea what Jehovah’s Witness was about until this article, thanks for covering it.

  10. I’m glad the paper is doing stories on religion. I’m not a church going person myself and I never talk about or hear about other religions so it’s nice to have this information available to read.

  11. It is a good idea to have the paper do stories on different religions. It opens up people’s minds to other faith practices that people in our community have and it gives more awareness on what is accepted in their religion. It makes it easier for people to find out about a religion that might not be theirs so they can have more tolerance to their practices with the knowledge they have gained.

  12. I was very interested to learn that Jehovahs witnesses can not vote. I thin k it would an interesting religion to study. I would be interested to find out when and where this religion began. What else was going on in society when this religion got started up? Who was the founding person or group. This article definately sparked an interest.

  13. I really like how this article clarifies some of the gaps in how people see this religion. Like in the above comment, I was also very surprised to learn that they were not able to vote. After reading this bit, I feel more informed as to what it really means to be a part of this religion.

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