Tom – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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My name is Thomas, and I am sorry to say that I am currently serving time in prison for sexual abuse. God has totally forgiven me for this crime, but the damage I have done is irreversible.

I am currently 68 years old. I joined the Jehovah’s Witnesses at age 19, in 1966, with no prior religious knowledge or experience, and remained in the organization until my divorce in 1975. In 1986, my 14-year-old son and I both gave our lives to Christ. Continue reading “Tom – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

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Kojo – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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I joined the Watchtower in 1996 after graduating from Junior high school at the age of 15 years, on my own volition without any prior studies from the Watchtower Organization as was and is the practice. Not a single member of my immediate and extended family expressed interest in the Watchtower Organization, but this did not bother me.

Almost immediately, I started engaging in preaching from house to house with an un-baptized Jehovah’s Witness. In 1997 and in 2000, I dedicated myself to God by water baptism. After baptism, I became more zealous and committed to preaching and teaching throughout the period of my Secondary, Post Secondary and University Education.

This was so because I had been convinced by the Watchtower twisted doctrines that this religion was God’s only earthly organization to lead all who heed the preaching message to salvation because I was taught that all the existing Christians denominational churches were false. I became convinced sincerely because I learned that for a particular denomination to pass the test of truth, all of its core doctrines and beliefs must be founded in the Bible. I was taught that this was not the case with the existing denominations because they taught the following teachings and views: Celebrating Christmas and Birthdays, Not preaching the Kingdom message from house to house but on medium of communications, teaching of eternal torment of the wicked in fire, Immortality of the soul, Trinity doctrine and heavenly hope for all righteous people, just to mention a few of the doctrines rejected by Jehovah’s Witnesses. Continue reading “Kojo – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

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Angie – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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I grew up in a very dysfunctional family. My mother was a teenage runaway that used prostitution to live and support her addictions. My father is not known. Almost immediately after birth, the state placed me with my maternal grandmother. As I grew older I realized the things I had heard about my mother started close to home. My grandmother and other family also had drug and alcohol addictions. I desperately craved normalcy. I hadn’t been brought up in church, but we always had a Bible around the house, so I tried to “be good” by reading it. Continue reading “Angie – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

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Trish – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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I was a Jehovah’s Witness for 42 years, literally born and raised. My father was baptized when he was young but fell away then came back to the organization when he and my mother started studying again shortly before I was born.  My great-grandmother was one of the 144,000 “anointed ones” (special JW group that goes to heaven) so my background is pretty extensive!

I am the youngest of 5 children. I had a number of cousins who all lived in the same neighborhood, attended the same schools and went to the same Kingdom Hall.  This made it really easy to keep an eye on each other and to “tell” on each other when someone wasn’t following the rules.  Guess who that usually was who reported bad behavior?  No, it wasn’t me!  I was terrified of making waves and having anyone find out I wasn’t who they thought I was. (I had seen what happened to those who didn’t measure up!) It was one of my sisters. She was always challenging the rules and the authority given and sneaking out to be with boys.  They labeled her “crazy” and someone “in need of medication.” Continue reading “Trish – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

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Pam – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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“The Making of a Missfit – A Princess of the King!”

I was supposed to be the little boy who’d save my parents marriage, but by the time I was born, my dad had moved 2000 miles away and never came back.  My mom remarried when I was 3, but divorced him after 6 months, after discovering he was homosexual.  By then, she was easy prey for her 4 younger sisters who convinced her to join them in becoming Jehovah’s Witnesses.

I loved my mom a lot as a small child, but lost respect for her as I watched her allow this organization to rule our lives, forbidding everything from celebrating birthdays and Christmas to receiving a life-saving blood transfusion.  Every word we were or were not allowed to say was carefully dictated, and constantly changing.  We first called our gatherings “classes,” but later we were ordered to refer to them only as “meetings.”  We were required to know the latest terminology, and it always changed.  The person in charge of the congregation went from being a “Congregation Servant” to an “Overseer” to—I think today—an “Elder.”  We’d been instructed to call them the “Judicial Committee.”   This struck terror in my heart, as I believed they were appointed by Jehovah Himself, Who, I believed, was terribly harsh and demanding. Continue reading “Pam – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

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David H. – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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.:THE TESTIMONY OF DAVID H. – Former Jehovah’s Witness elder who was involved 49 years

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Raised as a Jehovah’s Witness in England and spending 49 years as a Watchtower captive, David and his wife Christine left to find true freedom in Christ. Going where the “need was great,” David had served in a number of leadership capacities within the organisation, only to find his efforts rewarded with unjustified shunning and a genuine “lack of love” among the “brothers” and “sisters” of the congregation. Only in a personal relationship with the Jesus, did David and his wife find what they had been longing for all their lives.

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Christine – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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.:THE TESTIMONY OF CHRISTINE (David’s wife)

I was born in 1949 in England.  When my mother was pregnant with me; my aunt who was a Jehovah’s Witness convinced my mother to start a “Bible Study” with one of her Jehovah’s Witness friends. The woman who studied with my mother was considered to be one of the “anointed remnant” of the 144,000 1. spoken of in Revelation 7 and 14.  Thus, my mother and father joined Jehovah’s Witnesses before I was even born. Continue reading “Christine – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

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Chris S – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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.: Chris S

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It was in 1967 when my family started associating with Jehovah’s Witnesses. My mother had had me Christened in the United Church in June of 1963 when I was only six months old, but at four years old, she started studying with Jehovah’s Witnesses. So, other than the two or three times when I went to United Church Sunday School, Jehovah’s Witnesses were the only religion I knew growing up. I was surprised to learn that my grandmother’s family had been associated with them since the late 1800’s. By 1968 my father also started studying to become a Jehovah’s Witness, and in 1971, he underwent water baptism as a sign of his devotion to the organization. Continue reading “Chris S – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

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Ashton – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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.:ASHTON

I was born and raised as a third generation Jehovah’s Witness.  My biological mother was only 14 years old.  Her father, my grandfather, said he could not raise another baby—especially one without a father—without any help.  He was already a single father trying to raise 3 children alone.  His wife, my grandmother, was institutionalized; so my biological mother was forced to give me up for adoption. Continue reading “Ashton – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

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Frank – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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.:THE TESTIMONY OF FRANK

My name is Frank and for 13 years I have associated myself with Jehovah’s Witnesses as a Watchtower Publisher (one who distributes Watchtowers and Awakes door-to-door). My mother became ill at an early age and after my parents divorced, I began to rome about the neighborhood. I met Jews, Catholics, whites, blacks, rich, poor and even perverted people. Between 9 and 12 years of age, I was a rebellious child. Since my mother and her friends would speak of “Jehovah” and Watchtower beliefs, I naturally accepted their religion, but I was wrong! Deep down in my heart, I always felt like I was serving man. Jehovah’s Witnesses would teach that Jehovah God didn’t want people to go to college and that a high school education was enough; yet, these same people who were preaching this would send their kids to college. That seem hypocritical to me. Continue reading “Frank – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

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Aaron – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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.: THE TESTIMONY OF AARON

My name is Aaron.  I grew up going to the Kingdom Hall from the week I was born.  In my mother’s scrapbook where it asks for first church service, my mother wrote “Theocratic Ministry School”.  I gave my first scripture reading at 4 years old, my first talk from Deuteronomy in 1983, at 5 years old.  I say all this to show how deeply rooted my family is in the Watchtower Organization.  My grandfather is a Circuit Overseer.  My uncles are Presiding Overseers.  My cousin is an Elder, as was my father for many, many years.  I can remember being baptized at age 15 and being scared.  Before my baptism, I had been going through the study book with an elder who barely went through the questions.  Because of who my parents were, I scored very well on the tests, if you know what I mean.  With all that Watchtower hierarchy in my DNA, you would think I would be the exemplary Witness until I died—and I tried.  I wanted to please my family and I did what I could to gain their approval.  I assisted with certain “privileges” but at the ripe old age of 16 I realized…something wasn’t right. Continue reading “Aaron – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

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Allison – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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.: THE TESTIMONY OF ALLISON

My parents raised me as a Jehovah’s Witness.  As early as four years old, I can remember attending the meetings and going out in field service door to door.  Our family times consisted of weekly Bible studies using the publications of the Watchtower Society.  Continue reading “Allison – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

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Andrew – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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.:THE TESTIMONY OF ANDREW

I was never a pioneer, an elder or a ministerial servant and I was never wrongly disfellowshipped. I don’t have any hard feelings towards any Witnesses whatsoever. My choice to leave the organization was strictly based on what I found out about the history of the organization, the roots of its teachings and its contrast with historic Christianity. I guess there were times when I felt I was a model Jehovah’s Witness, but then there were times when I can say just the opposite. I was the prodigal son on more than one occasion you might say. I hope to reach anyone who can identify with my story. Continue reading “Andrew – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

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Brenda – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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I experienced quite a normal, blissful childhood until the age of nine when my mother was visited one day by two Jehovah’s Witnesses.  At first, I thought it was fun to get some attention from “the friends,” as they called themselves.  Since I had grown up on a very isolated farm in rural Pennsylvania, anything new coming our way was welcomed, and they seemed so benign, so polite, so well dressed.

After a while, I realized how much destruction the Watchtower organization could levy.  My mom, a Methodist Sunday school teacher at the time, sat me down very soon after beginning a home “Bible” study with Jehovah’s Witnesses, and in one giant swoop she told me I would have to give up all my holidays, all my friends, my birthday, and all our relatives.  My life up until then revolved around play-time with my cousins from literally sunrise to sunset; so this was quite a devastating change in my young life!  Having no choice to do otherwise, I obliged.  For the next 9 years, I grew up without a single girlfriend and lived a solitary life.  I call it my “nine-year grounding”—despite good behavior. Continue reading “Brenda – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

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Dennis – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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 .:THE TESTIMONY OF DENNIS

I was born and raised as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. From about 7 years old, I was active in the Jehovah’s Witness ministry and enrolled in the Watchtower Theocratic Ministry School. The biggest thing I remember about my childhood was constant fear. I took the Watchtower idea of “Armageddon” seriously. (The Watchtower teaches that Armageddon is a battle God will bring to the earth that will end all world governments and destroy all wicked people, including unworthy Jehovah’s Witnesses). I was afraid that if I or any of my siblings did anything wrong, Armageddon would come and we would not survive. Continue reading “Dennis – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

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Doug – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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.:THE TESTIMONY OF DOUG

I was born and raised one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. I was involved with the Watchtower organization until I fell away when I was about 14 years of age. I went back to the organization when I was 22 years old, but fell away again 2 or 3 years later. At this point, I was only a publisher, gave a few talks and did a little door-to-door work.

When I left the Watchtower, I moved to Winnemucca. This is where I met my wife and was married in 1997. She was a Christian and had a brother-in-law who was also a Christian. They planted some seeds of truth in my life, but all this did was drive me to my knees before God, being utterly confused! There were just so many religions out there and I didn’t know where to turn. Continue reading “Doug – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

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Frank M – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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.:THE TESTIMONY OF FRANK M

I was born into a Roman Catholic family—a perverse family who were nothing but pedophiles.  At the ripe old age of six, two Jehovah’s Witnesses came to my door and started converting my mom to their religion.  Given the super strong personality that she was, once she believed, she quickly converted my dad and us children.  At the same time that I was being converted into the Jehovah’s Witnesses, I was also being converted into a pedophile’s victim.  My Uncle John started molesting me at age nine. Continue reading “Frank M – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

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Grace – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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For twenty-five years, I thought I was serving the only TRUE God – Jehovah! Although my Father was an atheist, my Mother believed in God, but we never prayed, never went to church nor did we did go to Sunday School until I was 6 yrs old. Continue reading “Grace – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

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Hazel – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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.:HAZEL

Things all started for me when I when I was about 9 or 10 years old when I went to stay with my aunt. My first conversation with my aunt who is a Jehovah’s Witness got me thinking about God. She had asked, “Hazel, do you believe in God?” I remember specifically saying, “I’m not sure. I guess there could be one.” and that was that.

About 2 or 3 years later when I was 12, I was having a pretty rough time at home because I had grown up, along with one of my brothers in an abusive household. One particular weekend when I visited my aunt, I was feeling pretty down and my aunt started telling me of all the promises that Jehovah has made for the “New World Order” (Watchtower term for the future paradise earth). I heard this and being so young and naïve, I thought “Gee! This sounds good! Maybe God can help my situation.” This is what got me interested in joining the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Continue reading “Hazel – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

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Kevin – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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.: THE TESTIMONY OF KEVIN – An Ex-Jehovah’s Witness Delivered from Homosexuality

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I was born in Connecticut as the youngest of four children in 1955 when gas was still $.39 per gallon. At this time in culture, people didn’t talk about homosexual feelings. It was taboo to even insinuate such things. When the word “gay” was used, people would not think of homosexuality. Instead, they would think of being “happy” or a having “joyful” time, like a festival.  So, people wouldn’t say, “he’s queer” or “he’s different.”  If someone used the term “queer,” it made you feel that you were really a FREAK of nature.  And you were totally ostracized from society. So, to be sensitive, people would just say, “He’s one of THOSE.”

My mother did not know how to show affection.  Never once did she cuddle, hug me or tell me that she loved me.  My first recollection of her is a statement in which she told me:

“You were a mistake. I wish I never had you. You remind me of a BEAST!”  Continue reading “Kevin – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

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