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Those of us who attended school from 1945 - 1957, have seen many changes in the attitude of the FOC. In elementary school, their children seemed quite normal. One of our classmates was best friends with a "Kisser" who came to birthday parties. When we were in Junior High, she would not have anything to do with the rest of us. We were all shocked to find out, in the eighth grade, that another one, T---, was dropping out of school to get married! Who would marry a child of that age?
As adults there were some followers who played cards with a group of us and belonged to the same archery club. I didn't shoot field archery, so I would watch their baby while they were on the range. One follower friend offered to watch my children when a group of us were in Salem lobbying for a law to inoculate all children. There was a minor outbreak of meningitis that killed a couple of their children and it made us realize that having their children in the public schools endangered our own loved ones.
One of our dear friends is not only a follower - she is a true Christian. She does not shun anyone; she embraces those who are true friends. We giggle at one memory: She had very serious medical problems after the birth of a baby. She was anointed and prayed for and came home in bad condition. Another friend sneaked some pain pills through her bedroom window and she heard the women say, "Oh, look how peaceful she is resting, our prayers are being heard!" When her husband went hunting, she would come to our parties occasionally, but she never drank liquor, she just had fun.
A young woman on our street went into labor and FOC parked any way they wanted. The police were called, so neighbors could have access to their own driveways. That is one of our peeves about them. They don't care who they inconvenience, as long as they get their way. By the way, the baby died.
One of the problems that has progressed over time is the FOC teenage boys are acting ruder and more gang like than they were years ago. This [group] has no true guidance, the children have never been taught any of the fascinating stories that are hidden from them by false prophets who started and controlled a group of people. Their parents are totally ignorant of what Christianity means.
Open your doors, open your hearts, open your minds. THERE IS A WONDERFUL FREE WORLD OUT HERE!