Thousands of Jehovah's Witnesses gather in Fargo for regional conventionFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - More than 4,000 Jehovah's Witnesses are in Fargo for the weekend. The annual 3 day conference that is usually held in Bismarck is in Fargo for the first time.
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - More than 4,000 Jehovah's Witnesses are in Fargo for the weekend. The annual 3 day conference that is usually held in Bismarck is in Fargo for the first time.
Over the next few days, members of the Jehovah's Witnesses faith will be taking part in what's called a spiritual oasis here at Scheels Arena. It's considered one of the biggest spiritual education events for its members.
Sixty congregations from Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota are taking part in the Safeguard Your Heart Conference. The conference has been held in Bismarck for about 30 years, but News Service Coordinator Caleb Losh says Fargo was chosen because there are more restaurants and hotels, which made this the biggest yet for our area.
Caleb Losh – Coordinator, News Service: “The purpose of them is to highlight different scriptural things that help us to live a better life now, but also to have a happier future.”
There's just over 200 Jehovah's Witnesses in the F-M area. Conferences like this allow them to meet with other members in our region for guidance and instruction for the year to come.
Caleb Losh: “It’s going to help us kind of examine ourselves to determine what our priorities are, what our motives are in life.”
Jehovah's Witnesses believe that the Bible is the word of God. The name "Jehovah" is a personal name and refers to the almighty God and Creator of the universe. They unlike some religions don't believe in the Trinity.
Bob Brophy – News Service: “We believe the Holy Spirit is the force that issues forth from the Father to accomplish his will.”
Another thing Jehovah's Witnesses don't believe in is an Armageddon, or an end of the world.
Bob Brophy: “Jehovah's not going to destroy his main creation, the earth and humans, but he is going to clean house so to speak, and those who wish to do his will, will have an opportunity to live forever on that paradise earth.”
Maybe one of the most controversial issues with the religion is surrounding Blood Transfusions. Members don't believe in them, nor would they get one.
Bob Brophy: “The Bible says the soul, or the life of the organism is in the blood, and blood to our Heavenly Father, to Jehovah has always been a sacred thing.”
Officials say anyone and everyone is welcome to this conference. If you're interested, programs start Saturday and Sunday morning at 9:20 here at Scheels Arena.