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Man Arrested & Charged With Kidnapping Linda Stoltzfoos; Linda Still Missing

Comment #673255 by Reader on 14.07.20, 15:48

Well it’s not much worth to me, but I do admire families who are not scattered as my family is. You are very blessed. I hope you are appreciative of this fact and don’t expect others to be like you. A little compassion could lead to a friendship.

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Comment #673254 by Reader on 14.07.20, 15:37

True, I’m not very interested in genealogy and so I have one request: if I should ever be in the news, please do not go snooping around in my family’s genealogy. This is information only the Authorities should know! Frankly, it should not be of your concern who my relatives are and I would appreciate some privacy for myself as well. I have little tolerance for person’s who covet and disclose other people’s personal information. Perhaps I should research your genealogy and tell everyone.

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Man Arrested & Charged With Kidnapping Linda Stoltzfoos; Linda Still Missing

Comment #673252 by Loren Johns on 14.07.20, 15:26

… and for what it’s worth, both Justo Smoker and Linda Stoltzfoos are my 6th cousins once removed. We are all three related to each other on the Fisher side. (It’s a big family.)

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Man Arrested & Charged With Kidnapping Linda Stoltzfoos; Linda Still Missing

Comment #673251 by Loren Johns on 14.07.20, 15:20

Unlike you (and many others), I am interested in genealogy and spend a lot of time studying it. Since both Smoker and Stoltzfoos are Amish names, I simply looked them up in my own genealogical database and was surprised how closely related they are/were. I feel very sorry about Linda and am worried about what may have happened. Just because Sarah King and Vernon Smoker are 2nd cousins does not mean that they know it. They might; they might not. And even if they do, that does not mean that Justo and Linda knew they were related (via adoption).

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Man Arrested & Charged With Kidnapping Linda Stoltzfoos; Linda Still Missing

Comment #673250 by Reader on 14.07.20, 14:33

Truthfully, genealogy confuses me. I barely know my own lineages. This simply wasn’t very important to talk about in my family. (Mother will surely disagree) But I wonder how and why you and Jeanne would know this information if you are not related or if it was not mentioned on the news? Perhaps these relatives are also a “person of interest” (learned that from TV) and now you blew the whistle for them to be cautious. This is the danger in discussing these things in public, while our intention is to help, we might make the FBI’s job more difficult.

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Man Arrested & Charged With Kidnapping Linda Stoltzfoos; Linda Still Missing

Comment #673249 by Loren Johns on 14.07.20, 14:09

Speaking of cousins, has anyone picked up on the fact that Justo Smoker’s adoptive father, Vernon, is a 2nd cousin to Rachel Stoltzfoos’s grandmother, Sarah Ann (King) King? I haven’t seen that reported in the news.

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Man Arrested & Charged With Kidnapping Linda Stoltzfoos; Linda Still Missing

Comment #673246 by Reader on 14.07.20, 13:07

Michelle, you asked if we are to forgive evil again and again. While some are slower to forgive than others, if these posts cause you stress and anger, and the situation does not impact you directly, then i would suggest you remove yourself from any future updates.

Most certainly do not take vengeance into your own hands nor rally a group of people to take vengeance, instead encourage the FBI to do their best and Salute them when an arrest is made.

If you feel like you must get involved, then be vigilant for any young person who might be in distress and offer to call the Human Trafficking Hotline or the Victim Intervention Program/Rape Crises Line at 214-590-0430.

Please note that sometimes young women are misled into thinking that they are in a loving relationship, when the man’s intention is not honorable nor marriage hopeful, and others are kidnapped and raped and become missing persons.

We must continue to pray for Linda’s return to her family and that that with God’s help and love she will overcome any traumatic experiences.

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Comment #673245 by DF on 14.07.20, 12:48

The statements that Mormonism is a branch of Christianity is not based in reality.

All you have shown is elusiveness and you have proven one thing only — the church of the Mormons is not based in Christianity. I do not understand why you keep saying that when all the evidence you have shown refutes that claim! And yet you go on counterattacks and refuse you back your claims or offer answers.

The caravan has veered off course and you are mired down in quicksand and stranded in the wilderness, Stephanie, but those “barking dogs” are hoping to lead you back to the only path that will lead to eternal rest.

Still praying for you.

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Man Arrested & Charged With Kidnapping Linda Stoltzfoos; Linda Still Missing

Comment #673244 by Reader on 14.07.20, 12:24

My apologies too. I’m just intrigued how a college educated person and a high school only educated person can misunderstand each other sometimes. I do appreciate the way you write “pretty”, I admire that.

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Man Arrested & Charged With Kidnapping Linda Stoltzfoos; Linda Still Missing

Comment #673243 by Jeanne-Catherine ELLIS on 14.07.20, 12:08

Sorry if “unintended” and “unproposed” rubbed some folks the wrong way. I spent a boatload of money getting a legal education (JD), and I can’t seem to keep that out of my writing style. After working my butt off to pay for that education (I am NOT a practicing attorney), I still try to “write pretty” (if that makes any sense). AND… with that legal education, I try very hard to be fair and objective in circumstances that are touchy or potentially incendiary. My apologies.
My heart goes out to the Stoltzfoos family and I continue to hope for the best for Linda.

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Man Arrested & Charged With Kidnapping Linda Stoltzfoos; Linda Still Missing

Comment #673242 by Michelle on 14.07.20, 11:58

Geez friends, we are all saddened at this event. I doubt it’s anger just really feeling down for Linda and her family and friends as well. Sorry folks I can not forgive this man for snuffing out a beautiful young person for no purpose. Amish may forgive but I doubt her family will be at Complete peace ever. They are human! This could happen again and again . Then what? Keep forgiving evil??? Nope I won’t. He needs to take his punishment for life as he took hers. Let’s be realistic, no one has seen heard or had a clue that she is still alive on this earth. Let’s hope the accused can have some mercy and tell where her remains are so her family can find peace And have closure.

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"Amish & Mormon": 8 Things That Caught My Eye In The Latest Video

Comment #673241 by Mark on 14.07.20, 11:48

Oh. I see. Well, thanks for sharing your beliefs and giving honest and open answers. Unfortunately I don’t have that time. I guess that tells me all I need to know. Evasion is the classic cult tactic.

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Comment #673239 by Stephanie Berkey on 14.07.20, 11:12

The fears and accusations that this church is a cult is not based in reality. Those who truly want answers will take the time to prayerfully read a couple pages of them already presented.

“10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” ~ Revelations 12

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Man Arrested & Charged With Kidnapping Linda Stoltzfoos; Linda Still Missing

Comment #673237 by Reader on 14.07.20, 09:45

Not to be funny on this serious topic but “unintended” “unproposed” sounds like: breaking up is hard to do … I really should get a college education.

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Comment #673234 by Mark on 14.07.20, 08:59

It is interesting to see the evasion, Miller, but also very sad.

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Comment #673233 by Mark on 14.07.20, 08:30

The last thing I wish to do is go back through all these comments looking for answers to the questions asked. Maybe if I had lots of spare time? Unfortunately my time online is limited. Sorry for being “late to the party” and asking questions.

Repetitive and disrespectful accusations? Slander and mislead? Oh. Sorry I was hoping to learn the answers to my questions! Apparently that isn’t going to happen. I live and work in an area with a lot of tourists. I answer that kind of thing over and over again. Like Kate, I always figured I had nothing to hide.

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Comment #673232 by Miller from Canada on 14.07.20, 08:30

It’s very common for cults of any description to evade direct answers to uncomfortable questions. This dialogue has been very interesting, and many spiritual-minded believers have been blessed by it. Yes, it’s frustrating when cultists try to evade questions, or give misleading answers, but it’s eye-opening. The objective is not only to protect the flock, but also to allow cultists to freely speak and thereby expose their beliefs to scrutiny. Just as important is the deliverance of the cultist(s) from untruth and false doctrine, and bring them to a personal salvation experience.

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Comment #673230 by Kate on 14.07.20, 07:23

Not interested in debating? Not founded in reality? LOL indeed!

I guess I’m just different. When someone asks me about my faith, I give a clear and honest answer. If asked again, I will answer again. And again. But then again, I have nothing to hide.

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Man Arrested & Charged With Kidnapping Linda Stoltzfoos; Linda Still Missing

Comment #673227 by Jeanne-Catherine ELLIS on 14.07.20, 05:36

I believe Mrs Bennett has misunderstood my words, or perhaps has made an unintended jump to an unproposed outcome. I meant to be very clear in a previous post, wherein I stated that we should not judge, for it is not our place to do so. The anger and disgust relates to the state of affairs at this time. It is frustrating that a girl such as Linda can disappear in our society, and that a person who MAY have harmed her should be out and about. I could not agree more in that forgiveness is to be desired… and that the Ordnung will likely fulfill this directive, as difficult as it may seem. This man, whether he has harmed Linda or not, is our brother, just as we are all brothers, sisters, (cousins, if you will) if one believes we are all descended from created beings. Yes, we must wait for events to unfold before coming to any conclusions.

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More Details On Linda Stoltzfoos' Disappearance

Comment #673217 by Cocobelanpa on 14.07.20, 01:24

I know at least a few have been renamed. Type her name in search and look at the groups. Some simply changed “missing” for “disappeared” in the name. Not sure why they did it, but try that.

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Man Arrested & Charged With Kidnapping Linda Stoltzfoos; Linda Still Missing

Comment #673214 by Reader on 13.07.20, 23:33

Mrs Bennett, you are talking as if they were going to get married but I see your point about anger, because people’s anger we have riots and most never met the man they are angry about. He too will have his day in court and that should be the only thing that matters.

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Man Arrested & Charged With Kidnapping Linda Stoltzfoos; Linda Still Missing

Comment #673211 by Mrs Bennett on 13.07.20, 22:47

I do not understand why complete strangers to Linda would feel angry, when they are not involved with the situation. Should it not be better to feel compassion toward Linda’s parents and siblings? After all, Linda’s family will be required by the Ordnung to forgive. A good-hearted stranger’s anger seems to be a very inappropriate emotion. And disgust? While I can’t say that you did the same, let’s wait on the facts before judgement. This man will have his day in court, and emotions should not rule the court’s decision.

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More Details On Linda Stoltzfoos' Disappearance

Comment #673210 by Jerry on 13.07.20, 22:26

and ask all of your friends and family to join us for her safe return.

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"Amish & Mormon": 8 Things That Caught My Eye In The Latest Video

Comment #673205 by Stephanie Berkey on 13.07.20, 19:16

LOL… Answers aren’t usually appreciated or even acknowledged. That’s why most people don’t read the scriptures. Likewise, I have already answered these questions, some several times, on two pages here. Some people don’t want to accept answers. It reminds me of my children, who kept asking in hopes to get the answer they wanted. I learned to say in response, and will use it here, “Question asked, question answered.”

It is fruitless to answer repetitive and disrespectful accusations. It makes it difficult to believe expressions are out of sincere concern, but indicate they are rather out of attempts to continue to slander and mislead. I understand the fears expressed but testify again they are not founded in reality. Reminds me of MSM. I’m not interested in debating, but in sharing God’s word, which I’ve already done.

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Slice of Amish Life: See Rock City

Comment #673204 by Jeanne-Catherine ELLIS on 13.07.20, 19:05

I have yet to “see Rock City” myself. I’d also like to see a place called Big Sandy. I met a really nice college student from there at a bus station (maybe in Ohio), on his way to Brooklyn NY, of all places. I’m from the north east to begin with, so I never expected him to give me much information about himself – especially contact information, but his description of Big Sandy has stayed with me since then. I search for it on maps from time to time, and muse about being there one day. So much to see there, any way. I went to bring a clothing donation after the wildfires ravaged Gatlinburg and the neighboring areas in the Great Smoky Mountains. That place (and the entire state!) has been calling to me ever since!

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