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5,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses kick off 3-day meeting in Nampa on Friday

Jarrod Clymer baptizes his son, Joshua Clymer, 12, at the annual Jehovah’s Witnesses Regional Convention at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa in 2016. Baptisims are a part of the three-day meeting.
Jarrod Clymer baptizes his son, Joshua Clymer, 12, at the annual Jehovah’s Witnesses Regional Convention at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa in 2016. Baptisims are a part of the three-day meeting. Walter Bush

The regional convention at Nampa’s Ford Idaho Center this weekend will draw believers from Idaho, Oregon and Nevada.

This is the second year in a row that Jehovah’s Witnesses have held their convention in Nampa after nearly two decades of annual meetings elsewhere. The three-day event begins Friday.

Nampa is a more central location for people coming out of state, cutting drive time by several hours, and Nampa has a good meeting place in the Ford Idaho Center, said Royce Porkert, spokesman for the regional convention.

Church officials estimate the 5,000 attendees will have an economic impact of $1.5 million on the area from shopping, hotels and dining out.

Five hundred church volunteers will be working at the center Thursday to prepare for the event.

The theme of this year's convention is “Don’t Give Up” and will look at how to have a happy life, even in the midst of problems.

Jehovah’s Witnesses have more that 8.3 million followers worldwide.

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