LB plays host to Jehovah’s Witnesses

LB plays host to Jehovah’s Witnesses

LONG BEACH – The Long Beach Arena is hosting the 2008 “Guided by God’s Spirit” District Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses.



More than 8,700 people attended the Jehovah’s Witnesses convention at the Long Beach Sports Arena Friday. The event is expected to draw an estimated 155,000 people during most weekends until September. The gathering offers prayer services, music, baptism and lectures,

The 14th annual event, which began Friday, was expected to draw an estimated 155,000 people from 448 congregations from the Los Angeles area and Nevada on most weekends until September.

The convention, free to the public, included prayer service, music, baptism, meetings for those interested in missionary service, scripture and a deeper focus on family and youths in a program in English and Spanish.

“They’ve always been family-oriented” conventions, said spokesman Fred Siegel. “But because of the attacks on the family in modern-day life, there’s so many things that pull people apart – even schedules – today.

“I think there’s more emphasis than ever on the family and how the family can continue to be strong and meet those challenges.”

The Jehovah’s Witnesses convention in Long Beach is one of more than 300 conventions taking place in 76 cities nationwide. Its economic impact to Long Beach is expected to be more than $4.3million in the month of June alone, according to the Long Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

For information on other upcoming Jehovah’s Witnesses conventions, visit

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