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Members of the sect in Germany prefer to pair off their children within the faith community, and regional congresses make for prime matchmaking territory. Her hair is delicately pinned up, arranged in bud-like clusters. " Melanie, 17, was baptized as a Jehovah's Witness at 14.Like thousands of others, she has come to Dortmund with her family -- all of them strict believers, all of them dressed up for the special day -- for the annual North Rhine-Westfalia convention of Jehovah's Witnesses.

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Here they can pray among peers, feeling a sense of community instead of isolation.At age 18, he moved out and hasn't been back since.Because he chose freedom and his current girlfriend, he is "essentially parentless," he says.There are some 165,000 Jehovah's Witnesses in Germany.The number of children and youths among them is not recorded.No Masturbation, No Homosexuals Like many young Jehovah's Witnesses, Melanie has read a glossy pamphlet entitled "Questions Young People Ask: Answers That Work." It makes it clear that homosexuality is forbidden and masturbation demonized.

The pamphlet, Melanie says, contains a lot of information on topics she is familiar with: what it's like to feel like an outsider at school, or to have false desires "for sex or self-gratification." The pamphlet also includes a chapter on how a young Jehovah's Witness can determine if a potential partner is right for him or her.

Witnesses Beget Witnesses "I fell in love with a non-believer once but it didn't work," says Melanie.

It's easier to be with someone who shares the same values.

They hold their Bible in front of them like a silver tray: the word of Jehovah. There are passages explaining why nicotine is forbidden but a glass of wine at the end of the day permitted, why blood transfusions are to be avoided and why non-believers must be converted. They don't mention that the Protestant church has described the translation of the Bible used by Jehovah's Witnesses as inaccurate and uncritical.

Throughout the meeting, Bible passages are discussed at length and hymns are sung.

Like a faith-based dating manual, it includes tips on how to "get to know" the other person.