Betty – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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I come from a traditional Southern Baptist family. Both of my parents were Baptist as well as their ancestors before them.  My great grandfather on my dad’s side was a preacher and my dad grew up in a large family with three sisters and two brothers, but this Baptist family tradition changed during WWII.  When my dad returned home from fighting in the war, he discovered that his parents and sisters had converted to the Jehovah’s Witnesses.  However, he and his brothers remained Baptist.

To say the least, my dad was shocked, confused, and angry. Can you imagine what it must have been like for him to return home from war to find that everything his family believed in, no longer existed? His family’s religious beliefs were gone, holidays and birthdays were no longer celebrated, in addition to the confusion and hurt feelings of all of these changes. Needless to say, this spilt in our family’s religion caused some major issues, some of which still exist today. Continue reading “Betty – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”