Tammie – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

tammie.: TAMMIE – Former Jehovah’s Witness Pioneer

Raised by Jehovah’s Witness parents (her father an elder), Tammie was confident she was in the only true religion. Pioneering in her 30’s (spending at least 90 hours per month), she reported an average of 10 “Bible studies” and placed 100’s of Watchtower magazines and books monthly. As a skilled debator, Tammie gave frequent “talks” and “demonstrations” at Theocratic Ministry School from age 7. She was considered the model “Witness” by her family and friends, until the conditional love she had embraced failed and everything in her life fell apart. Only in Christ, did Tammie find what she had been looking for. Continue reading “Tammie – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

Stephen – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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I was born in 1977 and raised as a Jehovah’s Witnesses until I left at 18 years old.  From a very early age, my mother taught me to recite Scripture from memory.  When I was 6 years old, she married my stepfather who soon became an elder and required all of us children to become examples for the congregation. Oh, how we studied and studied those years to prove ourselves! God was never real to me. It was only how I was perceived by others in the congregation that mattered.

At 8 years old, I joined the Theocratic Ministry School, consistently commented at the meetings and was out in field service EVERY Saturday morning. But at 13 or 14 years of age, the need to be accepted by the “worldly kids” led me to rebel and lash out at school. I never rebelled violently, but I was tired of being different, and made fun of at school. So, I began to live the “double life” as they called it. Continue reading “Stephen – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

David H. – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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.:THE TESTIMONY OF DAVID H

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I was born in London, England in 1947. My mother and father had both been badly injured during the second World War and were raising us in post War Britain. I had a younger brother and sister and can remember our early life together as being warm and loving as our mother was a wonderful woman—even though she had lost a leg in the final part of the War.

During the early 1950s our lives changed suddenly when two Jehovah’s Witnesses called at our door and told my dad why the World was in such a terrible mess. They explained that it was not God who caused all the Wars—but Satan the Devil. They started a Bible Study with my parents and within 6 months, they were baptized.

From that moment on, my dad became a fanatical preacher of the Watchtower message. Before the War, my dad had been a nominal Catholic and my mother an Anglican, so I had been christened in both churches and then baptized as a Jehovah’s Witness when I was only seven years old. Continue reading “David H. – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

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”

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”

Carlene – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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I grew up as a Lutheran. I gradually stopped attending church in my teens. I liked reading my bible, but didn’t feel that church services answered my bible questions.

At age 21, I dated my future husband whose mother had just become a Jehovah’s Witness. She gave me the “Live forever” book. I was thrilled when I thought that all my bible questions had been answered in that book.  I then started studying with the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

After being married, my husband and I in 1972 were baptized. I wanted to be devoted to doing Jehovah’s preaching work. We eagerly set aside material things and career opportunities to go out in the ministry as much as possible since we needed to warn others that the end was coming soon (1974 or 1975).

My family opposed my religious move greatly, but I was warned ahead of time to not let them make me stumble. I had to cut off all former friendships.  I felt that in time, they would learn the “truth” also.  So, I was an active Jehovah’s Witness publisher from 1972-1993 and faithfully spent time in the door to door ministry. I was auxiliary pioneering and taking part in the weekly meetings. Continue reading “Carlene – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

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”

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”

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”

Midge – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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From a very young age, I have wanted to know about God. My stepfather was Catholic so most of elementary school, I went to Catholic schools. After we moved to Utah and my mother and stepfather separated, I attended the Mormon Church until I was 15. Then we moved to Washington State and I attended any church that was close by. Shortly after I was married, we moved to Hawaii, and I started studying with the Jehovah’s Witnesses. I liked the Witnesses because they were the first ones who used the Bible a lot, and I loved learning. Continue reading “Midge – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

Renee – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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.:RENEE

My name is Renee and I grew up in a small town in Idaho. Population 600 (maybe). My Mom, Sister and our neighbor were the only Jehovah’s Witnesses in this town of Horseshoe Bend. My Dad was not a Jehovah’s Witness and although we were abused by him, my mother stayed with him because the elders looked down upon divorce as “such uncleanness.”

My mother became a Jehovah’s Witness after she married my dad and being 45 minutes away from the closest Kingdom Hall, we were always given the territory of Horseshoe Bend for door to door ministry. Everybody knew us and always TP’d our house—especially around Halloween. My Mother would tell us that the true disciples and “Witnesses of Jehovah” would be persecuted because of their faith. With that idea, I grew up, knowing nothing else.

Going to school was a challenge. Just as I was taught that I would receive “persecution” for my faith, I was hated by my peers and had no friends. My Sister would always have her nose in a book, so I was left to fend for myself. Jehovah’s Witnesses discouraged me from playing sports and I again got flack from my classmates. Although I felt alone, I knew that I was doing the right thing. Continue reading “Renee – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

Sacha – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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I was born into the Jehovah’s Witness religion.  My father was and still is an elder and actually is serving as the presiding overseer of his congregation.  He has been the cleaning overseer for the District Conventions and Circuit Assemblies since I was a little girl and was in charge of the drama for the 2009 convention entitled, “My brother was dead and has come back to life”.

My mother is a Regular Pioneer and has been since I was little.  My brother is serving where the need is great with his wife in Nicaragua.  I was baptized at age 13 and went to Pioneer School at age 16.  I continued my full-time service after marrying a Bethelite from Patterson.  I would be lying if I said that my childhood was not happy.  During school, I occasionally felt left out around birthday or holiday times, but since I knew nothing except the Witness way of life, I had no idea about what I was truly missing. Continue reading “Sacha – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

Beryl – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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Wow…how do you sum up a life in 3 pages? It would be a challenge for anyone but for a wordy woman like me….doubly so! Then I thought about the Author of my life story and realized that writing a three page testimony is no challenge for Him at all.

You see, for me, even as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, I always had complete and total trust in Jehovah’s power and faithfulness. When I fell in love with Him at the tender age of seven, He became my world and I couldn’t do or give Him enough of myself and my life. I loved Him, not just the organization. I was also raised that while we were part of the Watchtower, Bible and Tract Society, life was about serving Jehovah, not pleasing man, even in the organization. It never was about Paradise for me or any other benefits I could claim. During the 32 years in the organization, I don’t know how many Jehovah’s Witnesses looked at me like I had lost my mind when I would passionately express the following thought. Continue reading “Beryl – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”