BY MELINDA WILLIAMS
Clipper Staff Writer
OGDEN – Like members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Jehovah’s Witnesses have no separate clergy.
Instead, all baptized Jehovah’s Witnesses are ordained ministers who share in the preaching and teaching work.
That means it takes many ministers to put together the faith’s annual district convention at the Dee Events Center in Ogden. This year, there will be two conventions С the first, in English, on June 28-30, and the second, in Spanish, on July 5-7.
Together they are expected to draw about 11,000 members from much of Utah, southern Idaho, Wyoming and a portion of Nevada, according to Jeff Tackett, an elder in the Jehovah’s Witnesses who is serving as spokesperson for the convention.
About 2,000 of those participating are Davis County residents, and about two dozen of them have contributed to organizing and helping run it, Tackett said.
The convention also provides a chance to see old friends, Tackett said.
This year’s theme is “God’s Word is Truth!” taken from John 17:17.
“We feel this year’s focus is very important. “We’re focusing on how to know God’s will is truth,” Tackett said. Symposium addresses at conventions throughout the United States will follow the same agenda.
Many presentations at this year’s convention focus on the family. A Sunday morning session, “Help Your Children Go On Walking in the Truth,” was chosen as a topic because of the challenges today’s families are facing, such as technology bringing more temptations into the home.
“The sermons will help children become more discerning and balanced in their lives,” Tackett said.
The convention begins Friday with the focus for the day being John 8:32: “The Truth Will Set You Free.”
On Saturday, the focus will be “I Shall Walk in Your Truth,” taken from Psalm 86:11, and on Sunday the focus will be “Firmly Set in the Truth,” from 2 Peter 1:12.
As in most years, there will be a dramatic presentation on Sunday afternoon. This year, it will be taken from the book of Esther.
Jehovah Witness conventions have been held at the Dee Events Center since 1980. Tackett said the center’s staff has worked well with convention organizers, and the venue is much more conducive to worship and learning than some of the other convention sites like major outdoor sports stadiums.
The convention is open to the public. No offering will be taken.