Monday, October 14, 2013
JEAN ANSWER'S SOME OF YOUR QUESTIONS
What do we think of musical instruments like the piano or the organ? We consider them ways of the world. Children are not allowed to learn how to play the piano. Once in a while a young man may play the harmonica at young folks singing to get them started off in tune, but that is even looked down on. We don't have any musical instruments in our meetings (church). Music is just for singing and to Praise the Lord.
We do not allow clapping in our meetings although young folks sometimes clap or stomp their feet at their young folks singing.
If someone is an artist in our group, they are allowed to paint. I don't know if they would be encouraged or not. We consider artist painting the same as house painting - you don't do it on the Lord's day (Sunday). But if someone was an artist and wanted to do it in their spare time it would be allowed. We do not allow peoples faces to be in pictures - hand painted pictures included. Edward is an artist and paints pictures. He has even sold some of his paintings. As long as he doesn't do it when he should be doing school work or chores or prayers, we allow him to do it.
The school is one large room. It is not divided into separate room for each grade. All the grades are in one room.
Susan and most of the children enjoy the school. There are some students that would rather be doing something else than going to school. They feel they learned all they need. The school has to measure up to certain achievements set by the state. Children take state tests a few times a year to make sure they are measuring up. These are the same tests the public schools take.
Yes, we do send cards for birthdays and anniversaries, etc. We don't send cards for Halloween, or send a lot at Valentine's Day.
Children start dressing like adults at a very young age. Men do not always wear their black suits to such places as auctions, Farmers Markets, etc. When going to auctions or Farmers Market they mostly wear jeans and light blue striped shirts. They do wear their straw or velvet hats.
In our family, we do celebrate birthdays with cake, ice cream and gifts for children and adults. If we are having friends or family, we do not decorate the cakes with flowers and design. It is just a cake with frosting. I say with friends and family as Susan likes flowers on her birthday cake, but we only have that cake just for our immediate family. It is our ways not to have cakes with fancy decorations on them.
I hope I have answered some of questions. If you have more questions, please ask.
Be With God,
MARTHA HAS A POST THIS THURSDAY ABOUT LIFE SINCE JOSEPH BECAME BISHOP.
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