Thursday, May 23, 2013

Oklahoma update

Date: May 21, 2013

This info came from a brother who is also an amateur radio operator (ham) in Texas. He operates an emergency net on the amateur frequencies daily.

Brothers and Sisters,

I have heard from three brothers and sisters in the Oklahoma City area

in the past 15 minutes.

Unofficial preliminary information is that no brothers or sisters were

killed. However, we still don't have all the information from the

elementary school in Moore where they are still searching and don't know

if any JW children attended there.

Reportedly, four brothers lost their homes. Not sure whether that was

in Shawnee, Moore, or a combination.

One brother who lives 15 miles west of Moore said it is far different

from watching the news. This time it's real, and driving by the area is

surreal. This time it's neighbors and real people who could be you.

Another brother who lives northwest of Oklahoma City confirmed there

were four homes lost. The KH in Moore is south of the tornado's path and

is intact. One family lived in the neighborhood that was destroyed. They

barely got out in time. Some of our Vietnamese brothers survived in a

shelter. One family of four witnesses lived in the area hardest hit and

lost everything, but they were in a shelter and are safe.

I will pass on to you any further information I receive. Please let me

know if you hear any factual info.

Warm regards,



May 22, 2013


Vietnamese, American Sign Language, English & Spanish. Congregations. circuit overseers & RBC report that as of today, among our brothers & sisters

No reported fatalities.

One sister broke her leg.

,4 homes completely destroyed, 7 homes severely damaged.


2 homes of brothers destroyed.


There are 2 English & 2 Spanish congregations report

3 homes had heavy damage and several others had minor damage.


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Dr. Phil's Test

Have fun – don’t cheat!

This is very interesting.... See what you come up with. Don't cheat! 

Below is Dr. Phil's test. 

(Dr. Phil scored 55, he did this test on Oprah and she got a 38.) 

Some folks pay a lot of money to find this stuff out! 

The following test is pretty accurate and it only takes a few minute s. 

Take this test for yourself and send it on to your friend s. ...

The person who sent it placed their score in the email subject box.

Please do the same before forwarding it on to your friends (include me please) 

Don't peek!

Answers are for who you are now and not who you were in the past.

This is a real test given by Human Relations Departments at many

of the major corporations today.

It helps them get better insight concerning their employees and in their prospective employee s. 

There are 10 Simple questions so grab a pencil and paper. Record your letter answers to each question. 

Change the subject of the email to read YOUR total. When you are finished, forward this to friends, family, and also send it to the person who sent this to you. 

Make sure to put "YOUR" score in the subject box. 



1. When do you feel your best... 
A) in the morning 
B) during the afternoon and early evening 
C) late at night 

2. You usually walk... 
A) fairly fast, with long steps 
B) fairly fast, with little steps 
C) less fast head up, looking the world in the face 
D) less fast, head down 
E) very slowly 

3. When talking to people you...
A) stand with your arms folded 
B) have your hands clasped 
C) have one or both your hands on your hips 
D) touch or push the person to whom you are talking 
E) play with your ear, touch your chin, or smooth your hair 

4. When relaxing, you sit with.. 
A) your knees bent with your legs neatly side by side 
B) your legs crossed 
C) your legs stretched out or straight 
D) one leg curled under you 

5. When something really amuses you, you react with... 
A) big appreciated laugh 
B) a laugh, but not a loud one 
C) a quiet chuckle 
D) a sheepish smile 

6. When you go to a party or social gathering you... 
A) make a loud entrance so everyone notices you 
B) make a quiet entrance, looking around for someone you know 
C) make the quietest entrance, trying to stay unnoticed 

7. You're working very hard, concentrating hard, and you're interrupted.... 
A) welcome the break 
B) feel extremely irritated 
C) vary between these two extremes 

8. Which of the following colors do you like most.... 
A) Red or orange 
B) black 
C) yellow or light blue 
D) green 
E) dark blue or purple 
F) white 
G) brown or gray 

9. When you are in bed at night, in those last few moments before going to sleep you are..... 

A) stretched out on your back 
B) stretched out face down on your stomach 
C) on your side, slightly curled 
D) with your head on one arm 
E) with your head under the covers 

10. You often dream that you are... 
A) falling 
B) fighting or struggling 
C) searching for something or somebody 
D) flying or floating 
E) you usually have dreamless sleep 
F) your dreams are always pleasant


1. (a) 2 (b) 4 (c) 6 
2. (a) 6 (b) 4 (c) 7 (d) 2 (e) 1 
3. (a) 4 (b) 2 (c) 5 (d) 7 (e) 6 
4. (a) 4 (b) 6 (c) 2 (d) 1 
5. (a) 6 (b) 4 (c) 3 (d) 5 (e) 2 
6. (a) 6 (b) 4 (c) 2 
7. (a) 6 (b) 2 (c) 4 
8. (a) 6 (b) 7 (c) 5 (d) 4 (e) 3 (f) 2 (g) 1 
9. (a) 7 (b) 6 (c) 4 (d) 2 (e ) 1 
10 (a) 4 (b) 2 (c) 3 (d) 5 (e) 6 (f) 1

Now add up the total number of point s.

OVER 60 POINTS: Others see you as someone they should "handle with care." You're seen as vain, self-centered, and extremely dominant. Others may admire you, wishing they could be more like you, but don't always trust you, hesitating to become too deeply involved with you.

51 TO 60 POINTS: Others see you as an exciting, highly volatile, rather impulsive personality, a natural leader, who's quick to make decisions, though not always the right one s. They see you as bold and adventuresome, someone who will try anything once, someone who takes chances and enjoys an adventure. They enjoy being in your company because of the excitement you radiate. 

41 TO 50 POINTS: Others see you as fresh, lively, charming, amusing, practical, and always interesting, someone who's constantly in the center of attention, but sufficiently well-balanced not to let it go to their head. They also see you as kind, considerate, and understanding, someone who'll always cheer them up and help them out.

31 TO 40 POINTS: Others see you as sensible, cautious, careful & practical. They see you as clever, gifted, or talented, but modest. Not a person who makes friends too quickly or easily, but someone who's extremely loyal to friends you do make and who expects the same loyalty in return. Those who really get to know you, realize it takes a lot to shake your trust in your friends, but equally that it takes you a long time to get over if that trust is ever broken.

21 TO 30 POINTS: Your friends see you as painstaking and fussy. They see you as very cautious, extremely careful, a slow and steady plodder. It would really surprise them if you ever did something impulsively or on the spur of the moment, expecting you to examine everything carefully from every angle and then, usually decide against it. They think this reaction is caused partly by your careful nature. 

UNDER 21 POINTS: People think you are shy, nervous, and indecisive, someone who needs looking after, who always wants someone else to make the decisions and who doesn't want to get involved with anyone or anything! They see you as a worrier who always sees problems that don't exist. Some people think you're boring. Only those who know you well, know that you aren't.

Now forward this to others, and put your score in the subject box of your email, like this: 
Dr. Phil's Test, I'm...

Saturday, May 11, 2013

You'll Love this Brain Transplant

In the hospital where a family member lay gravely ill, the relatives gathered in the waiting room. Finally, the doctor came in looking tired and somber.

"I'm afraid I'm the bearer of bad news," he said as he surveyed the worried faces. "The only hope left for your loved one at this time is a brain transplant. It's an experimental procedure, very risky, but it is the only hope.. Insurance will cover the procedure, but you will have to pay for the BRAIN."

The family members sat silent as they absorbed the news. After a time, someone asked, "How much will a brain cost?"

The doctor quickly responded, "$5,000 for a Democrat's brain; $200 for a Republican's brain."

The moment turned awkward. Some of the Democrats actually had to try not to smile, avoiding eye contact with the Republicans. A man unable to control his curiosity, finally blurted out the question everyone wanted to ask, "Why is the Democrat's brain so much more than a Republican's brain?"

The doctor smiled at the childish innocence and explained to the entire group, "It's just standard pricing procedure. We have to price the Republicans' brains a lot lower because they're used."


"Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the Government take care of him; better take a closer look at the American Indian."
Henry Ford

Man Who Was A Catholic Priest - What An Experience

This is an experience related at an assembly:

Valdir was born in Portugal. When he was younger his family moved to
Brazil. He was 12 years old, when his father died, and a year later his
mother remarried. Valdir did not accept that someone would take the place of
his father. Conflicts arose between Valdir, his stepfather, and his mother.
After a discussion that irritated the nerves, he decided to leave home. A
short time later, the rest of the family decided to return to Portugal.
Valdir was only 13 years old when he separated from the family.
He decided to become a priest. He began his studies in a seminary and
graduated in theology and became a priest. Due to his position, they sent
him to the Vatican in Rome to work and to continue his studies there. During
that time he was sent to 80 different countries and learned to read and
write 6 different languages. He worked with Paul IV and John Paul II. Also,
he took their classes, and knew them in private. He also had lots of contact
with the Pope at present, Benedict XVI. He was highly respected in the
church and was sent to different countries to investigate and solve problems
within the church.
He has also composed religious music. At least two of these compositions
are well known all over the world and famous Brazilian priests sing these.
At least 2 million copies have been sold.
In the mid-90's, he was sent to Sao Paulo in Brazil. A short time later
he was going to be consecrated (named as bishop). But in that time he
started to feel disappointed by the abuse of power and the partiality that
existed within the church; for that reason he decided to demit his position.
A year later, he received a message from the Vatican where he was informed
that he should become bishop so that he could advance to later become
archbishop and cardinal. But, he rejected it again. He was also informed
that a priest with such a high education as his could not stay in a large
city without having to take on more responsibility. He had to move to a
smaller city. He chose a city that was in a very Catholic region close to
the city of Tatui. He had the desire to do social work. (This area belongs
to the West Tatui
In the 80's Valdir was sent by the church for a year to the United
States. His mission was to study the more influential churches in that
country. It was then that for the first time he received information about
the Witnesses. Even though the truths he learned did not please him, he was
convinced that only the Jehovah's Witnesses fulfilled the mandate of
preaching the gospel publicly and from house to house, even though people
made fun of, repudiated, and rejected them ferociously.
After some time, he received a visit from a brother that was preaching
from house to house. The brother left him a pair of magazines. After having
read them, Valdir used them as material for his next sermon and cited the
source material. Some of those present reacted negatively, and the church's
headquarters in Sao Paulo was informed. Valdir received a reprimand but was
not intimidated, and continued to have the brothers visit him. He also
continued to read and use the magazines in his sermons.
A pioneer brother that had gone to MTS started to study with Valdir. Even
though he experienced a lot of opposition (verbal, and psychological, and
was attacked several times) he continued to study.
Valdir solicited a discharge in the church and started to frequent the
meetings. His prior friends came to be his enemies and they tried to cause
him damage. To hinder his search for a job, they started to lie about him.
They even tried to convince a person in the congregation to accuse him of
committing a crime. This person negated, and told Valdir what they were
As an unbaptized publisher, he had an average of 70 hours monthly in the
field service. In July of 2005 he expressed his desire to be baptized, but
he was advised to wait some time. In January of 2006 he was approved for
baptism at the assembly that would be held in February in the Tel assembly
locale. When he was approved for baptism (a month before the baptism) he
felt that he needed to reconcile with his family, for which he had not seen
in 31 years. He thought that a true Christian had to preach the truth to his
During all the years he had contact with the consulate to renew his
permit of residency in Brazil, there was always a greeting from his family
and a telephone number so he could get in contact with them, but Valdir
never called them. Now he wanted to call his mother. But when he heard her
voice, he failed to speak and just cried and had to hang up. After a few
minutes he called her again.

This next dialogue is what happened next:
Mother: How are you, my son?
Valdir: Thanks to Jehovah, I'm doing good now.
Mother: What name have you used? You speak of Jehovah?
Valdir: Yes. I am no longer priest in the Catholic church. I am a Jehovah's
Witnesses, and I have a lot to tell you.
Mother: My son. All of the family, including me, your stepfather, and your
siblings are Jehovah's Witnesses for years now. It is because of that that
we tried to reestablish contact with you.

For a few minutes, they couldn't speak, just cry. Valdir was informed
that one of his brothers serves as an elder. His stepfather, his mother,
and one of his brothers is baptized. He still hasn't decided if he will stay
in Brazil, or move back to Portugal.

This experience was related by Georg and Mona Green, missionaries in Tel,
Brazil. They are in the same congregation as Valdir.