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What is Christmas to you? Do you have fond memories of family gatherings sharing recipes and gifts under the tree? For those who grew up in the Watchtower Society, there are no memories. Why would a parent withhold Christmas from their children? And what happens when that parent discovers the "reason for the season" themselves? For 30 years Sharon read the New World Translation of the Bible published by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, but did not know her Savior. To her and the rest of Jehovah's Witnesses the Bible taught that Jesus was not born in December and God was not pleased with us for celebrating His birth that month. When she left the teachings of Jehovah's Witnesses, however, her eyes opened to the joy of the birth of her Savior and her own value as a precious new born creation as well. Sharon invites us to see Christmas through her eyes...
Christmas Through My Eyesby Sharon Leasure
In June of 1980 as I studied the Bible with my Jehovah’s Witness aunt I began to learn the evils of Christmas and why it should be a holiday to avoid. Unlike all the other holidays this was the hardest of all to give up. I knew I wanted to live on a Paradise earth for all eternity and would do what I had to so I could achieve this goal. I was convinced that because Jesus was not born in December it would be dishonoring Him to recognize His birth on that day.However it never entered my mind to ask why we don’t celebrate it in October. I was taught to believe that the three wise men were men hated by Jehovah. Also Jesus was around two years old when they came, not an infant in a manger. So the whole nativity scene was wrong and to be a part of it would to be a part of a lie. Who is the father of the lie? Satan, so it would be Satan that we would be worshiping. Christmas is being celebrated on the same day as the Sun God thus being connected to pagan worship. I had so many reasons now to avoid this holiday and look down on those who celebrated it. I began pitying them for their lack of knowledge, if they only knew the truth. What a horrible holiday!
The Bible doesn't give a date for the "birth" of Jesus. Some claim it was in the Spring or Fall because shepherds were in the fields, but this is a misunderstanding of the Jewish winters that actually had shepherds in the fields around Jerusalem in the winter because winters in Israel are mild with light snow in the mountains.
So in the Spring and Fall, the shepherds were actually up in the mountains with their sheep instead of the fields around Jerusalem so Jesus could not have been born in those seasons. There are other indications that Jesus was born in winter. You can learn more at the following links:
Hi I’m Trish.I was a Jehovah’s Witness for 42 years. I was lost and I was hungry and I didn’t know what for… until I found out who Christ really is. In all those years going door to door with my Bible, no one ever shared Christ with me. I don’t think they knew how. I don’t think they knew they could or that they needed to. I’m just so grateful someone finally did.
Here we are between the holidays. As I write this, Christmas is behind us and Martin Luther King Day is before us. I celebrate my Savior on the one day and a childhood hero on the other.
My first brush with racial prejudice was at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. I was raised in a primarily white, suburban neighborhood in Illinois and therefore unacquainted with words of hate toward another race since there were none on my street to talk about. But when my mother took me shopping in town, I certainly was aware there were people who did not look like me. I was just never informed that I should mistrust them. But there at the museum, I stood in line with my older sister surrounded by girls of another color.
“Little white girl,” one slurred as she gave me a shove. My mind whirled wondering what I had done to this person to warrant her taunting behavior. Again she pushed me while condemning my color to the delight of her friends. Thankfully it didn’t escalate into violence beyond my hurt feelings, but it left me confused. This girl didn’t know me and yet she hated me. Why?
When we came back from Christmas break in 1973, my elementary school teacher took us into a lesson plan on Martin Luther King, Jr. Though the federal holiday that commemorates the civil rights leader would not be officially recognized for another 10 years, I was an eager student to hear the story that January.
I was SHOCKED to learn that my race had once enslaved Dr. King’s race. SHOCKED that only a few years before I was born, black people were expected to sit at the back of the bus and drink from separate water fountains. I became intensely interested in learning about the oppression of black people and realized what was behind that girl’s hatred of me, the “little white girl.”
A video I (Melissa) created for Former Jehovah's Witnesses who have been shunned, rejected, and shamed by family and friends of the organization. No longer wanted. Know that you ARE Wanted. Wanted by Jesus. Video created for personal use and entertainment.
As our supporters know, Lee and Kathy Baker, our Ex-Mormon Bishop and his wife, are still active in one-on-one discipleship with Ex-Mormons through their website with our ministry (LeeBaker.4mormon.org) and our new you-tube videos that we produced from the seminars they taught in 2016 (leebaker.4mormon.org/videos/). We are also working on getting their radio programs back on the air in Salt Lake City, Utah, and continuing their Worship FM Liberia African broadcast as well as trying to expand into two new areas of Africa in Kenya and Uganda where Mormonism's influence is seen everywhere Christian missionaries go in these countries. Lee and Kathy Baker estimate that from the time they started their radio program in Liberia, Africa (7 years ago) until now, they have received:
4,000 letters or text messages on file.
500 conversions out of Mormonism into a Biblical relationship with Jesus Christ
7,000 to 10,000 Program listeners to both live and pre-recorded shows
No other Broadcast in West Africa has been dedicated to comparison between Mormonism and Biblical Christianity. Yet, financial support for this aspect of our ministry is not yet fulfilled. To date, we need an additional 3-4 thousand dollars by the end of the year, to be able to sign and pay these radio contracts. Would you be willing to help with a monthly commitment, and/or a year-end gift? You can donate at:
Also, recently one of their listeners from Africa wrote that the Mormon Church is offering to sponsor college education for Africans who join their Church and warning their members not to listen to Lee Baker's radio program because they are losing too many members from his program.
No little speculation surrounds the criminal case in Indiana where former Mormon Bishop Lee B. Baker was charged with 3 felonies and 18 misdemeanors for engaging in Christian witnessing activities that brought awareness to the public about the unethical and unbiblical history and doctrines of the Mormon Church.
Without a single document of proof that Lee Baker was guilty of the stalking, intimidation and harassment charges brought against him, he was thrown in jail in Indiana and forced to bond out for $3,000. Over a period of months, the Mormon leadership used the legal system to attempt to denigrate his character and financially bankrupt him with over $30,000 spent in legal defense cost. Although all charges except two misdemeanors were dropped by the court due to lack of evidence, to this day, rumors continue to abound over the Internet that Lee B. Baker is some type of criminal.
Yet, little is known about that fact that prior to Lee Baker's participation with the Indiana Temple Outreach, individuals within the Mormon Church were already stealthily contriving a way to arrest him, as was evidenced by leaked information from inside the Utah police department that was privately given to Lee and Kathy Baker months before they appeared at the Christian Temple Outreach in Indiana.
As you read the following documentation, provided by Lee B. Baker, you will see the thread of deceit and legal manipulation utilized by leaders within the Mormon Church to try to silence Lee Baker and his testimony.
Every year on Nisan 14 (the day before the Passover on the Jewish Calendar), Jehovah's Witnesses gather to observe the anniversary of the death of Jesus. It is similar to the Christian celebration of "Maundy Thursday" or the "Last Supper" that Jesus partook with His disciples just before He died to atone for our sins. Since Jehovah's Witnesses do not celebrate Christ's Resurrection or Easter, this is the only event they celebrate in His life. They call it "an observance of the Memorial of Jesus' Death."
For years, Mormons have been looking for archaeological evidence to support their Book of Mormon. Occasionally, they will promote some type of archaeological artifact that is similar to something built or written by Hebrew people to try to validate their claim that the Book of Mormon people were indeed from the land of Israel.