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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Scott Edwards' Story (outside looking in)

Honestly, I was never a Jehovah's Witness, though I was married to one.  She was disfellowshipped about half of the time, but then got reinstated.  I had many discussions with the Jehovah's Witnesses, until they just decided to not discuss religion with me anymore.  I wouldn't accept what they told me and I was insistent on looking at the history of the Watchtower Society.  By doing that, I was labeled an "apostate," because that was not acceptable to them.   Every time I would bring something up like 1914, the first time the Watchtower Society declared that Armageddon would begin (end of the world) or *Beth Sarim, I was ignored and told that they didn't want to discuss things that had happened in the past, but only what the Watchtower Society was today (at that time, 1998 or so).  They wouldn't discuss anything with me, because they thought I should "know them by their works" and that I would naturally come to them.  I went to the Kingdom Hall for about five years; two hours on Sundays, one hour on Mondays, one hour on Tuesdays and two hours on Thursdays and still, I remained a Baptist. All I can really say is that it was an adventure.

Since I was labeled as an apostate and not really open to asking questions unless I was absolutely willing to accept their answers without any questions, I resorted to picking up the phone and calling Kingdom Halls, where no one knew me.  I had a conversation with a man, wherein I asked him, "If I lived on an island and never knew the Jehovah's Witnesses, but I did everything they do, although having no connection with the Watchtower Society, could I be one of the 144,000 (mentioned in Revelation) or survive to live on a paradise earth?"  His response was, "I can't make that decision..."  I said, "I'm not asking you to make a decision.  I want to know what you believe?  He said, "Well, I can't tell you because again, it's not my decision, but I can tell you this...You'd be taking a very big chance."
 

I was basically being told that the Watchtower Society was comparable to "Noah's ark," if you will, and for me to have salvation, I would need to be part of the Society.  This was, of course, completely absurd to me because I was an outsider.  I was raised as a Baptist and never had to have a "3rd party" avenue to God.  My avenue to God was direct prayer... nothing more.  This conversation obviously did not motivate me to be more inclined to listen to them.

There were many other discussions with them about the Trinity, Hell and various other subjects, but any discussion about past Watchtower Society activity, who translated their "New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures, or anything else that wouldn't prove to be supportive to Jehovah's Witnesses or any attempt for me to gain knowledge of the truth about what they regarded as "the truth" (their doctrines), was off-limits.

In one of the last discussions I had with them about religion, they told me that everything was explainable through the Bible.  That I shouldn't have to accept anything on faith (part of the Trinity discussion), to which I responded by asking them to tell me who translated their New World Testament.   No one seemed to know.  Again I said, "Am I supposed to accept on faith alone, that anyone at the society headquarters knows how to read, or especially translate the book that I am risking my salvation on?" Yeah... that didn't go over very well... AT ALL...
Contributed by Noel Parsons


* Beth Sarim (Hebrew בית שרים "House of the Princes") is a ten-bedroom mansion in San Diego, California, constructed in 1929 in anticipation of various resurrected Old Testament biblical patriarchs or prophets such as Abraham, Moses, David, Isaiah and Samuel.  It was maintained by the Watchtower Society, the parent organization used by Jehovah's Witnesses, and was also used as a winter home and executive office for Watch Tower president Joseph Franklin Rutherford, at that time.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Story of Louise Palmer Was Davenport

I was brought up as a Jehovah's Witness, and I stuck with it through fear of losing my family.  However, four years ago, I decided that I had spent thirty-four years too long in the Watchtower Society cult.  

I was a victim of child abuse within my family and I am currently waiting to see if Child Protective Services will take it to court.  The result of doing this?  My entire family, including my father, who is an elder, have totally shunned me for "bringing reproach on Jehovah's name," even though they carried on speaking to me after I disassociated myself for three years.  They now cut me off, because they know I will invite journalists to court, if my lawsuit gets that far.  

Jehovah's Witnesses always say that child abuse is abhorrent, yet they close ranks internally when it is exposed.  I am now totally non-religious.  They are a sick, twisted mind-controlling cult, as far as I am concerned!

NOTE:  If you are a former or Ex-Jehovah's Witness, who would like to have your case reviewed legally, concerning you or your child having been molested/raped and receiving no assistance from anyone in the Watchtower Society, you can contact William H. Bowen, the founder of silentlambs.org.  For confidential contact info, check with Admin. in "The Truth Behind Jehovah's Witnesses" group on Facebook.

If you would like to have your CHILD CUSTODY case reviewed, William H. Bowen also founded the Jehovah's Witnesses Child Custody website to provide information and assistance for former or Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses with child custody issues.

If you are a former or Ex-Jehovah's Witness in need of counseling concerning you or your child having been molested/raped, please go to the Silent Lambs website for assistance.  http://www.silentlambs.org/assistance/index.cfm

Want to know where to find the concrete evidence against the Governing Body of the Watchtower Society of Jehovah's Witnesses?  Here's a few links to get you started:
 
Facts About Jehovah's Witnesses
http://www.jwfacts.com/

Silent Lambs
http://www.silentlambs.org/

Watchtower Documents.Com
http://www.watchtowerdocuments.com/jw-sites.html

Watchers of the Watchtower World
http://www.freeminds.org/

Advocates for Awareness of Watchtower Abuses (AAWA)
http://aawa.co/blog/how-the-watchtower-uses-undue-influence-to-enforce-its-blood-policy/

Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses Online
http://ex-jw.com/

^^^ The above website includes "An Elder Shares His Honest Opinions"
http://ex-jw.com/elder-shares-honest-opinions  (THAT should be an interesting read!)

The Story of Margeaux Sullivan

Starting Over After a Failed Marriage by Rosemary Counter for Canadian Living

Link provided, in order not to incur copyright infringement.

NOTE:  If you are a former or Ex-Jehovah's Witness, who would like to have your case reviewed legally, concerning you or your child having been molested/raped and receiving no assistance from anyone in the Watchtower Society, you can contact William H. Bowen, the founder of silentlambs.org.  For confidential contact info, check with Admin. in "The Truth Behind Jehovah's Witnesses" group on Facebook.

If you would like to have your CHILD CUSTODY case reviewed, William H. Bowen also founded the Jehovah's Witnesses Child Custody website to provide information and assistance for former or Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses with child custody issues.

If you are a former or Ex-Jehovah's Witness in need of counseling concerning you or your child having been molested/raped, please go to the Silent Lambs website for assistance.  http://www.silentlambs.org/assistance/index.cfm

Want to know where to find the concrete evidence against the Governing Body of the Watchtower Society of Jehovah's Witnesses?  Here's a few links to get you started:
 
Facts About Jehovah's Witnesses
http://www.jwfacts.com/

Silent Lambs
http://www.silentlambs.org/

Watchtower Documents.Com
http://www.watchtowerdocuments.com/jw-sites.html

Watchers of the Watchtower World
http://www.freeminds.org/

Advocates for Awareness of Watchtower Abuses (AAWA)
http://aawa.co/blog/how-the-watchtower-uses-undue-influence-to-enforce-its-blood-policy/

Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses Online
http://ex-jw.com/

^^^ The above website includes "An Elder Shares His Honest Opinions"
http://ex-jw.com/elder-shares-honest-opinions  (THAT should be an interesting read!)

Monday, May 26, 2014

My Child is Dead

My Child is Dead, posted by Lee Elder on AJWRB.org

NOTE:  If you are a former or Ex-Jehovah's Witness, who would like to have your case reviewed legally, concerning you or your child having been molested/raped and receiving no assistance from anyone in the Watchtower Society, you can contact William H. Bowen, the founder of silentlambs.org.  For confidential contact info, check with Admin. in "The Truth Behind Jehovah's Witnesses" group on Facebook.

If you would like to have your CHILD CUSTODY case reviewed, William H. Bowen also founded the Jehovah's Witnesses Child Custody website to provide information and assistance for former or Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses with child custody issues.

If you are a former or Ex-Jehovah's Witness in need of counseling concerning you or your child having been molested/raped, please go to the Silent Lambs website for assistance.  http://www.silentlambs.org/assistance/index.cfm

Want to know where to find the concrete evidence against the Governing Body of the Watchtower Society of Jehovah's Witnesses?  Here's a few links to get you started:
 
Facts About Jehovah's Witnesses
http://www.jwfacts.com/

Silent Lambs
http://www.silentlambs.org/

Watchtower Documents.Com
http://www.watchtowerdocuments.com/jw-sites.html

Watchers of the Watchtower World
http://www.freeminds.org/

Advocates for Awareness of Watchtower Abuses (AAWA)
http://aawa.co/blog/how-the-watchtower-uses-undue-influence-to-enforce-its-blood-policy/

Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses Online
http://ex-jw.com/

^^^ The above website includes "An Elder Shares His Honest Opinions"
http://ex-jw.com/elder-shares-honest-opinions  (THAT should be an interesting read!)

The Story of Ann O. Nimus

I got involved with Jehovah's Witnesses, when I was about twelve or thirteen years old.  Because of the laws where I live, they had no right to drag me into their Watchtower Society, because they could face a fine or a prison sentence, at worst.  I made "friends" within the congregation at the Kingdom Hall, as I was very naive and clueless back then and I had no actual friends.  

At first, everything seemed ideal.  They looked like nice people, who were very polite and they seemed to be my friends.  When I became more involved by studying the bible with them, their attitude changed.  It was obvious that all they cared about was the time they spent on our bible study, in order to meet their quota of preaching time on their freaking "field service" time sheets.  Then they began patronizing me and quickly became control-freaks.  They thought they had every god-given right to tell me what to do, but they wouldn't even associate socially with me.  I eventually got fed up and pulled out in time.  I could go on forever about this disgusting cult.

NOTE:  If you are a former or Ex-Jehovah's Witness, who would like to have your case reviewed legally, concerning you or your child having been molested/raped and receiving no assistance from anyone in the Watchtower Society, you can contact William H. Bowen, the founder of silentlambs.org.  For confidential contact info, check with Admin. in "The Truth Behind Jehovah's Witnesses" group on Facebook.

If you would like to have your CHILD CUSTODY case reviewed, William H. Bowen also founded the Jehovah's Witnesses Child Custody website to provide information and assistance for former or Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses with child custody issues.

If you are a former or Ex-Jehovah's Witness in need of counseling concerning you or your child having been molested/raped, please go to the Silent Lambs website for assistance.  http://www.silentlambs.org/assistance/index.cfm

Want to know where to find the concrete evidence against the Governing Body of the Watchtower Society of Jehovah's Witnesses?  Here's a few links to get you started:
 
Facts About Jehovah's Witnesses
http://www.jwfacts.com/

Silent Lambs
http://www.silentlambs.org/

Watchtower Documents.Com
http://www.watchtowerdocuments.com/jw-sites.html

Watchers of the Watchtower World
http://www.freeminds.org/

Advocates for Awareness of Watchtower Abuses (AAWA)
http://aawa.co/blog/how-the-watchtower-uses-undue-influence-to-enforce-its-blood-policy/

Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses Online
http://ex-jw.com/

^^^ The above website includes "An Elder Shares His Honest Opinions"
http://ex-jw.com/elder-shares-honest-opinions  (THAT should be an interesting read!)

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Story of Rochelle Hurwitz Sevier

The Unbaptized 'Apostate' of Salem, Massachusetts by John Cedars (on JWSurvey)

The above link is to Rochelle Sevier's story, so as not to incur any copyrights infringement.

NOTE:  If you are a former or Ex-Jehovah's Witness, who would like to have your case reviewed legally, concerning you or your child having been molested/raped and receiving no assistance from anyone in the Watchtower Society, you can contact William H. Bowen, the founder of silentlambs.org.  For confidential contact info, check with Admin. in "The Truth Behind Jehovah's Witnesses" group on Facebook.

If you would like to have your CHILD CUSTODY case reviewed, William H. Bowen also founded the Jehovah's Witnesses Child Custody website to provide information and assistance for former or Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses with child custody issues.

If you are a former or Ex-Jehovah's Witness in need of counseling concerning you or your child having been molested/raped, please go to the Silent Lambs website for assistance.  http://www.silentlambs.org/assistance/index.cfm

Want to know where to find the concrete evidence against the Governing Body of the Watchtower Society of Jehovah's Witnesses?  Here's a few links to get you started:
 
Facts About Jehovah's Witnesses
http://www.jwfacts.com/

Silent Lambs
http://www.silentlambs.org/

Watchtower Documents.Com
http://www.watchtowerdocuments.com/jw-sites.html

Watchers of the Watchtower World
http://www.freeminds.org/

Advocates for Awareness of Watchtower Abuses (AAWA)
http://aawa.co/blog/how-the-watchtower-uses-undue-influence-to-enforce-its-blood-policy/

Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses Online
http://ex-jw.com/

^^^ The above website includes "An Elder Shares His Honest Opinions"
http://ex-jw.com/elder-shares-honest-opinions  (THAT should be an interesting read!)

Friday, May 23, 2014

The Story of Sky Cocker

A long time ago, in 1975, we were first contacted by the Jehovah's Witnesses.  My wife was a Registered Nurse and I was a seaman.  We lived on a small island with a small population, and life was good.  We had no idea, nor had we heard anything about the prophecies of that very year, in which Armageddon was supposed to occur, which false prophecies had been made by their Governing Body.  We only heard of the wonderful future of peace and security by Jesus.  This was quickly replaced by Jehovah in the Watchtower Society's publication, "The Truth That Leads to Everlasting Life," a small blue book then used by the Jehovah's Witnesses to tempt us further in our studies, the "carrot" dangled in front of us to keep us focused on their agenda.

Not having any knowledge of the bible, we enjoyed seeing the elderly couple who came to our door and we would talk of gardening and any other topic, because we were not interested at all in religious matters at that time.  We were having too much fun raising our children, and we were young.   We were, however, curious about the bible and we asked for one.  That opened the door to a free bible study, so why not?  

Years later, we were baptized in 1984.  Our congregation of sometimes twenty people were close friends and it didn't take long before I was appointed as a Ministerial Servant.  

Back then, land and homes were cheap on the island, so many more people from the mainland came and with them other Jehovah's Witnesses, all bringing their own problems with them.  One elder whom I detest was among them.  He viewed the pictures we had on the wall and windows, from which to view the outside, as distracting to his authority.   

The Watchtower Society was also becoming much more authoritative and demanding of our time.  Since we had grown to more than forty publishers, I was asked to consider taking on the position of an elder, only I had just begun having doubts about it all.  I stopped taking parts in the meetings and withdrew.  This caused problems at home and, as a result, my wife and I divorced.  I continued to attend some of the meetings, even though I was treated as an outcast.  Still, I thought of myself as a Jehovah's Witness, believing that it really was the truth and that I just needed time to reconsider.  

Some twenty years later, in 2013, I wanted to reconnect with the Jehovah's Witnesses. The meeting was short and sweet, lasting less than five minutes.  I was disfellowshipped.  I now consider it to be a blessing, because I am born again and will not step inside any church.  It is now my quest to reunite with my family that is still enslaved within the Watchtower Society. 


NOTE:  If you are a former or Ex-Jehovah's Witness, who would like to have your case reviewed legally, concerning you or your child having been molested/raped and receiving no assistance from anyone in the Watchtower Society, you can contact William H. Bowen, the founder of silentlambs.org.  For confidential contact info, check with Admin. in "The Truth Behind Jehovah's Witnesses" group on Facebook.

If you would like to have your CHILD CUSTODY case reviewed, William H. Bowen also founded the Jehovah's Witnesses Child Custody website to provide information and assistance for former or Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses with child custody issues.

If you are a former or Ex-Jehovah's Witness in need of counseling concerning you or your child having been molested/raped, please go to the Silent Lambs website for assistance.  http://www.silentlambs.org/assistance/index.cfm

Want to know where to find the concrete evidence against the Governing Body of the Watchtower Society of Jehovah's Witnesses?  Here's a few links to get you started:
 
Facts About Jehovah's Witnesses
http://www.jwfacts.com/

Silent Lambs
http://www.silentlambs.org/

Watchtower Documents.Com
http://www.watchtowerdocuments.com/jw-sites.html

Watchers of the Watchtower World
http://www.freeminds.org/

Advocates for Awareness of Watchtower Abuses (AAWA)
http://aawa.co/blog/how-the-watchtower-uses-undue-influence-to-enforce-its-blood-policy/

Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses Online
http://ex-jw.com/

^^^ The above website includes "An Elder Shares His Honest Opinions"
http://ex-jw.com/elder-shares-honest-opinions  (THAT should be an interesting read!)

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Story of A. Nonny Miss

I was born into the Watchtower Society of Jehovah's Witnesses.  I had loving parents, who were into drugs, until they "found Jehovah" and quit.  I never had a birthday, never celebrated Christmas or Easter.  I was actually speaking and placing tracts in field service (house-to-house preaching work) when I was three years old.  As a child, I remember always being afraid to smile, although I'm still not fully aware of the reason why.

My father was an elder in the congregation, although being an elder, never affected his penchant for having various affairs with other women.  He was an active sex addict.  I used to wait in the car while he went to orgies.  At night, I could hear him raping mom.  She was so much stronger than I ever gave her credit for.

At ten years of age, I was baptized.  I was the congregation wonder child, the youngest baptized at any of the conventions in Virginia.  I was making everyone so proud and happy, especially my father.  I loved him and he loved me.  Yet I was afraid to smile or cry or play.

After baptism, I immediately began to auxiliary pioneer which meant I was devoting fifty hours a month to the preaching work.  I was ten years old.  I was a child and I was exhausted.  I was under so much stress I began to have health and mental issues.  I was constantly sick to my stomach and couldn't eat.  I would fall asleep on the toilet at night, being ill.

Attending public school, I was always different, than my classmates.  I never had school friends over to visit.  There were only adults, I was always surrounded by adults.  Today, it's hard for me to connect with people my own age.

The first time I realized that I wasn't going to make my hours as an auxiliary pioneer, I was devastated.  Using a sharp piece of metal, I began sawing at my leg until I bled.  No one ever knew.  I felt better.  I had punished myself and I felt better. This didn't happen again fir a long time. I was still the wonder child even tho I made that mistake.  
I would give theocratic ministry school talks at conventions in Virginia all the time. Everyone was happy with me and so was Jehovah.  My father wished that I was his son, so that I could give public talks, but....oh, well.

Things went along smoothly in a disfunctional way, for a long time.  Sexual abuse, verbal abuse and occasionally, physical abuse were normal occurrences and were kept hidden from the congregation for quite some time.  Little did I know that some of the other elders knew what was going on.  Nothing was done.  A divorce or separation would rock the boat in so many ways.  My mother stayed with my father for over 25 years, living in fear of leaving or leaving us behind.

At fifteen years of age, I began home-schooling myself and "regular Pioneering," which raised my hours in field service to eighty hours per month.  I did this for two years.  I dedicated my life and soul to Jehovah, to others, to the congregation.  I was constantly under close scrutiny.  My skirt was too tight, my blouses were too revealing.  Many of the elders made inappropriate advances and comments to me, but particularly the one who was an elder and a regular Pioneer.  We spent many hours together.  I was sixteen years old, with the body of a twenty-three-year-old and the hormones of a 16 year old.  He was age fifty-eight.  He led me on for a few years.  I didn't know it, but there were other younger and older women, who were targeted by him, also.  I was in love with him, absolutely in love.  The elders claimed that I was the inappropriate one.  Nothing was done.

I had enough. I was broken in mind, body, soul and spirit.  I began having suicidal thoughts.  I told my parents finally that I would pray every night from the age of 10 and especially now for Jehovah to kill me. I was ugly and imperfect. I didn't deserve life. I was having problems at school. Socially. I wasn't sleeping at night. I began cutting and hurting myself again. I got a job and kept pioneering for just a few more months. I wanted to finish my second year. I was never a quitter.

At my job, I made friends. I started working late and having fun with "worldly" people, who were not Jehovah's Witnesses.  I made excuses to go to work.  I also tried a cigarette and began smoking.  I started dating a guy at work.  We were intimate one night. Not sex, but close enough.  I was horrible at living a double life.  I told the elders.

The elders scheduled my first Judicial Committee meeting.  There were three of them.  I met with them and I was on trial.  I was open and honest and cried openly, as well.  I said what I had done, but that wasnt enough for them.  They wanted sexual details of what had occurred.  This made me very uncomfortable, because I was still only seventeen years old or I had just turned age eighteen.  It was done.  I left the room, so the elders could pray and discuss my case.  They called me back in.  They ruled that I was to be disfellowshipped.

I went home and packed my bags.  I couldn't live at home anymore.  I visited with a friend from work and moved in with them.  My drinking escalated.  The pain was so great that I became a nightly drinker and I started smoking marijuana.  I figured that Jehovah hated me and so did my family.  I was only eighteen years old and it hurt beyond words.  Everything I ever knew was ripped away.  Family, friends, everything, even Jehovah.  My drinking continued for a long time.  I started trying other drugs, as well.  I had sex for the first time.  I was slowly spiralling out of control.  My mother would sneak away to call me on the phone sometimes, but if my father found out, there would be "hell to pay."  I did get to hug my mother once, when she actually came to see me.

After awhile, my parents said I could move back in, if I stayed in the basement.  I agreed.  I would wait until after midnight to go upstairs and eat.  Jehovah's Witnesses use a scripture that refers to not breaking bread with unbelievers, so I wasn't allowed to even eat in front of them.  I did this for years, it seemed.  I began to like the basement.  I could drink and use drugs in isolation.  At the time, I was so addicted that I thought this was great.  I started harder drugs like cocaine, pills, ecstasy.  Anything I could get my hands on that would help me forget and not feel.  One night I overdosed on some pills I stole from my father.  I was alone in the basement with no help.  The next day I went to him for help.  He told me to get some rest that everything would be okay.  I did.  A few days later, my parents were still discussing what to do.  At this point, I became psychotic.  I began cutting and stabbing myself with scissors in the arm.  The police were called and I went to the local psychiatric ward.  This saved my life.  I was diagnosed as bipolar with borderline personality and major depression.  I was put on medications and they helped.  I came home and my family let me move upstairs and they ate dinner with me.  This is what I wanted this so badly, but I would have to be reinstated as a Jehovah's Witness again for it to continue.  So that is what I did.  I quit the drugs and returned to the Watchtower Society's meetings.  It took approximately eight months to get reinstated.

Finally, I had my family back.  I went to my first assembly (convention) and I wanted to eat out with everyone afterwards.  Everyone that I asked said, "No."  I was being shunned, even though I was reinstated.  My heart hit the floor.  It hurt so bad.  I cried in my car on the way home.  I began cutting and stabbing myself again.  Then came another psychiatric ward visit.  I was drug-free and reinstated as a Witness again, with no friends, but with three members of my family.  I began dating a man.  One month later I became pregnant and decided to keep the baby.  Seven months into my pregnancy, I was disfellowshipped again.  The elders said Jehovah was so sad and disappointed in me.  Again I openly cried.  I stayed clean from drugs during my whole pregnancy.  After my C-section I became addicted again to pain pills.

Today, I am seven months clean. I have found God. And He loves me AND my daughter.  I don't have full custody of her yet, but I know that with God, all things are possible. Thanks for letting me share my story.


NOTE:  If you are a former or Ex-Jehovah's Witness, who would like to have your case reviewed legally, concerning you or your child having been molested/raped and receiving no assistance from anyone in the Watchtower Society, you can contact William H. Bowen, the founder of silentlambs.org.  For confidential contact info, check with Admin. in "The Truth Behind Jehovah's Witnesses" group on Facebook.

If you would like to have your CHILD CUSTODY case reviewed, William H. Bowen also founded the Jehovah's Witnesses Child Custody website to provide information and assistance for former or Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses with child custody issues.

If you are a former or Ex-Jehovah's Witness in need of counseling concerning you or your child having been molested/raped, please go to the Silent Lambs website for assistance.  http://www.silentlambs.org/assistance/index.cfm

Want to know where to find the concrete evidence against the Governing Body of the Watchtower Society of Jehovah's Witnesses?  Here's a few links to get you started:
 
Facts About Jehovah's Witnesses
http://www.jwfacts.com/

Silent Lambs
http://www.silentlambs.org/

Watchtower Documents.Com
http://www.watchtowerdocuments.com/jw-sites.html

Watchers of the Watchtower World
http://www.freeminds.org/

Advocates for Awareness of Watchtower Abuses (AAWA)
http://aawa.co/blog/how-the-watchtower-uses-undue-influence-to-enforce-its-blood-policy/

Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses Online
http://ex-jw.com/

^^^ The above website includes "An Elder Shares His Honest Opinions"
http://ex-jw.com/elder-shares-honest-opinions  (THAT should be an interesting read!)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Clifford Christensen's Story – Condensed


It was around 1971 that I got a letter from the congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses in Cut Bank, Montana, saying that I was disfellowshipped.  I never really wanted to be baptized in the first place.  I did it to please my mother.   After being disfellowshipped, I could not talk to my mother, because when anyone leaves the Watchtower Society of Jehovah's Witnesses, it is “business as usual” that the Witnesses must shun them, as if they are dead and no longer exist.  Fortunately for me, my father was a Roman Catholic and I could talk to him.  They are both gone now. 

I still have problems with what happened over forty years ago, but I think I've begun to heal.  It is good to see others in my same state of mind, former Jehovah's Witnesses that are on the path to healing, also.


NOTE:  If you are a former or Ex-Jehovah's Witness, who would like to have your case reviewed legally, concerning you or your child having been molested/raped and receiving no assistance from anyone in the Watchtower Society, you can contact William H. Bowen, the founder of silentlambs.org.  For confidential contact info, check with Admin. in "The Truth Behind Jehovah's Witnesses" group on Facebook. 

If you would like to have your CHILD CUSTODY case reviewed, William H. Bowen also founded the Jehovah's Witnesses Child Custody website to provide information and assistance for former or Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses with child custody issues.

If you are a former or Ex-Jehovah's Witness in need of counseling concerning you or your child having been molested/raped, please go to the Silent Lambs website for assistance.  http://www.silentlambs.org/assistance/index.cfm

Want to know where to find the concrete evidence against the Governing Body of the Watchtower Society of Jehovah's Witnesses?  Here's a few links to get you started:
 
Facts About Jehovah's Witnesses
http://www.jwfacts.com/

Silent Lambs
http://www.silentlambs.org/

Watchtower Documents.Com
http://www.watchtowerdocuments.com/jw-sites.html

Watchers of the Watchtower World
http://www.freeminds.org/

Advocates for Awareness of Watchtower Abuses (AAWA)
http://aawa.co/blog/how-the-watchtower-uses-undue-influence-to-enforce-its-blood-policy/

Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses Online
http://ex-jw.com/

^^^ The above website includes "An Elder Shares His Honest Opinions"
http://ex-jw.com/elder-shares-honest-opinions  (THAT should be an interesting read!)

The Story of Jennifer “Z”


I was born into the Watchtower Society of Jehovah's Witnesses, a third generation family member, though I became inactive in 2002 for many reasons.   In 2009, out of the blue, two elders knocked at my door after seven years of not having any contact with the Watchtower Society.  This was when my father was in a nursing home and dying.  The elders had the audacity to invite me to a Judicial Committee meeting, so I told them to "pi$$ off."  I was disfellowshipped in absentia, a month or two later.

I have 3 beautiful daughters.  My oldest is out and we are very close.  My middle daughter married into a very seriously connected Jehovah's Witness family and has a little boy who will soon be seven years old.  I haven't seen him since my father's funeral, when he was age three, and I haven't seen my daughter since January, 2011.  This daughter suffers from a very severe case of bipolar disorder and has tried many times to take her life.  The last time that I am aware of was a year ago in February.  She was institutionalized and finally spoke to a doctor who told her that shunning her mother and sister, who both love her is wrong.  She asked for me, but of course, no one contacted me.  A month later, she told her husband that she wanted out of the cult, however she was "okay" with her little boy attending the meetings with her husband.  She contacted her sister and myself and we had a beautiful reunion planned.  Once the uber-Jehovah's Witness family got word of this, they took her son away from her and used him to blackmail her into returning.   I haven't heard from her since that time and I'm worried sick.  If anything were to happen, I would never know.

My youngest daughter has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.  She also cuts herself and is covered in scars.  She lived very happily with my husband and myself until the Jehovah's Witnesses got hold of her one weekend and convinced her that she was living with the devil, that it was time to "come back to Jehovah."  Approximately one week later, she moved out in the middle of the night and I haven't seen her since November, 2012.   I didn't even know where she went for the longest time.  I finally found out she went to live with my ex-husband, who used to be an elder and is very abusive.  His wife is also extremely abusive and a "nut job."  I took very tender care of my youngest daughter and always worried about her hurting herself, even under happy circumstances.  She constantly battles feelings of inadequacy and the Watchtower Society of Jehovah's Witnesses is a cult that does nothing to ease those feelings.  She is back deeply into this cult now and I am worried sick, every second of every day.

I am here to fight!  Thank you to all former Jehovah's Witnesses for all that you do and for all the members of these Ex-Jehovah's Witness groups for support and love, as we all fight this insidious beast together! 

NOTE:  If you are a former or Ex-Jehovah's Witness, who would like to have your case reviewed legally, concerning you or your child having been molested/raped and receiving no assistance from anyone in the Watchtower Society, you can contact William H. Bowen, the founder of silentlambs.org.  For confidential contact info, check with Admin. in "The Truth Behind Jehovah's Witnesses" group on Facebook. 

If you would like to have your CHILD CUSTODY case reviewed, William H. Bowen also founded the Jehovah's Witnesses Child Custody website to provide information and assistance for former or Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses with child custody issues.

If you are a former or Ex-Jehovah's Witness in need of counseling concerning you or your child having been molested/raped, please go to the Silent Lambs website for assistance.  http://www.silentlambs.org/assistance/index.cfm

Want to know where to find the concrete evidence against the Governing Body of the Watchtower Society of Jehovah's Witnesses?  Here's a few links to get you started:
 
Facts About Jehovah's Witnesses
http://www.jwfacts.com/

Silent Lambs
http://www.silentlambs.org/

Watchtower Documents.Com
http://www.watchtowerdocuments.com/jw-sites.html

Watchers of the Watchtower World
http://www.freeminds.org/

Advocates for Awareness of Watchtower Abuses (AAWA)
http://aawa.co/blog/how-the-watchtower-uses-undue-influence-to-enforce-its-blood-policy/

Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses Online
http://ex-jw.com/

^^^ The above website includes "An Elder Shares His Honest Opinions"
http://ex-jw.com/elder-shares-honest-opinions  (THAT should be an interesting read!)

The Nelcy Lopez-Hill Story

I was born into a family, in which my mother was a Jehovah's Witness, but my father was not.  The only arguments I remember my parents having were about religion. Growing up as a Jehovah's Witness, you do not realize the brainwashing and cult-like behavior.  You accept it as normal, because it is all you know.

My mother didn't enroll me in school because the "end of the world" was coming.  I can't remember whether it was 1974 or 1975.  She finally enrolled me in 1976, a year too late.  Fortunately, I was able to skip from kindergarten to first grade after a year or I would have been behind.  I survived being an outcast at school for not celebrating any holidays and not saluting the flag.

I began having doubts from ages twelve to thirteen.  When I was a junior in high school, one of my teachers encouraged me to apply for a scholarship to Princeton.  She had connections and said that I would have a full ride due to my excellent grades.  I ran home to tell my mother, who said, "Absolutely not!  Jehovah's Witnesses do not go to college. That is for worldly people."  My teacher asked for a meeting with my mother, because she couldn't believe that my mother wanted the application withdrawn.  Needless to say, my Princeton application was withdrawn.  I was baptized at seventeen years of age, because that is what was expected and because my mother would not have it any other way.

As soon as I graduated from high school, I got married in a Kingdom Hall to get out of my house, because that was the only acceptable way I could leave.  Moving out on my own was not accepted.  After being married a year, I stopped going to meetings, my marriage fell apart and I slowly "faded away."

My mother never completely shunned me but our relationship was never a good or close one by any means.  Once I told her that I would never step foot in a Kingdom Hall again, she never treated me the same.  I resented her for raising me as a Jehovah's Witness.  I resented missing out on my childhood.  She kept me away from the rest of my family, because they were "worldly people."  No birthday parties, no Christmas, no holidays at all.  I can't ever get that back.

The fact that they isolate people and shun them, as if they are dead and no longer exist, makes them a cult.  The lack of freedom of choice, makes them a cult.  The amount of mind control and brainwashing that the Watchtower Society puts Jehovah's Witnesses through is incredibly difficult to believe unless you actually have experienced it for yourself.  The Governing Body of the Watchtower Society does not want its followers to think for themselves.  Intimidating people like the "man behind the curtain," the Governing Body pontificates over a publishing company, which masquerades as a Christian religion, but is always an abusive cult.

I've been out and free for over twenty years and wouldn't have it any other way. 

NOTE:  If you are a former or Ex-Jehovah's Witness, who would like to have your case reviewed legally, concerning you or your child having been molested/raped and receiving no assistance from anyone in the Watchtower Society, you can contact William H. Bowen, the founder of silentlambs.org.  For confidential contact info, check with Admin. in "The Truth Behind Jehovah's Witnesses" group on Facebook. 

If you would like to have your CHILD CUSTODY case reviewed, William H. Bowen also founded the Jehovah's Witnesses Child Custody website to provide information and assistance for former or Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses with child custody issues.

If you are a former or Ex-Jehovah's Witness in need of counseling concerning you or your child having been molested/raped, please go to the Silent Lambs website for assistance.  http://www.silentlambs.org/assistance/index.cfm

Want to know where to find the concrete evidence against the Governing Body of the Watchtower Society of Jehovah's Witnesses?  Here's a few links to get you started:
 
Facts About Jehovah's Witnesses
http://www.jwfacts.com/

Silent Lambs
http://www.silentlambs.org/

Watchtower Documents.Com
http://www.watchtowerdocuments.com/jw-sites.html

Watchers of the Watchtower World
http://www.freeminds.org/

Advocates for Awareness of Watchtower Abuses (AAWA)
http://aawa.co/blog/how-the-watchtower-uses-undue-influence-to-enforce-its-blood-policy/

Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses Online
http://ex-jw.com/

^^^ The above website includes "An Elder Shares His Honest Opinions"
http://ex-jw.com/elder-shares-honest-opinions  (THAT should be an interesting read!)

The story of Anna Nim Uss

I was a born in the third generation of a family in the Watchtower Society of Jehovah's Witnesses and raised in their version of the "truth" all my life.  We were the perfect family...on the outside.  Due to the stress of having to constantly be perfect, my father would snap and lose his temper at times.  Even so, that was home and I loved being one of Jehovah's Witnesses.
 
I wanted badly to be baptized.  Being a baptized “publisher” in the Watchtower Society is considered by young people to be on a level with getting your first drivers’ license.  When I was fifteen years old, along with three others around the same age, from my congregation, I was baptized.  I also made the decision never to marry a Jehovah's Witness.   I knew that something was wrong.  I wasn't sure what it was, but I definitely didn't want to be trapped in a marriage with another  Jehovah's Witness.  

As I grew into adulthood, I begin to have more and more doubts.  I fell in love with a "worldly" man (not a Jehovah's Witness) and left the Watchtower Society.  The elders disfellowshipped me, but I didn't care, because I was angry about all the wrong things going on in our congregation that I saw. 

After being gone for only four years, I felt as if something were missing and I was drawn back to them.   When a person leaves the Watchtower Society, which occupies such a large part of their life, it creates a major vacuum in their life, which is not easily filled.   Though I managed to get reinstated, I was never back 100%, and all the recent changes have me doing research for the first time.  I feel as though I'm in a constant state of shock, surprise and horror over the magnitude of concrete evidence, showing the Governing Body of the Watchtower Society are major hypocrites, false prophets and abusive liars.  Even so it's a relief, as well, and part of me feels free.  I'm not worried about being accused of what Jehovah's Witnesses refer to as "apostate thinking" or anything else.
  
My bigger problem is convincing myself it's a cult.  On one level, I know it is.  Yet, on another level, I'm thinking, 'Really?  Really?' 

NOTE:  If you are a former or Ex-Jehovah's Witness, who would like to have your case reviewed legally, concerning you or your child having been molested/raped and receiving no assistance from anyone in the Watchtower Society, you can contact William H. Bowen, the founder of silentlambs.org.  For confidential contact info, check with Admin. in "The Truth Behind Jehovah's Witnesses" group on Facebook.

If you would like to have your CHILD CUSTODY case reviewed, William H. Bowen also founded the Jehovah's Witnesses Child Custody website to provide information and assistance for former or Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses with child custody issues. 

If you are a former or Ex-Jehovah's Witness in need of counseling concerning you or your child having been molested/raped, please go to the Silent Lambs website for assistance.  http://www.silentlambs.org/assistance/index.cfm

Want to know where to find the concrete evidence against the Governing Body of the Watchtower Society of Jehovah's Witnesses?  Here's a few links to get you started:
 
Facts About Jehovah's Witnesses
http://www.jwfacts.com/

Silent Lambs
http://www.silentlambs.org/

Watchtower Documents.Com
http://www.watchtowerdocuments.com/jw-sites.html

Watchers of the Watchtower World
http://www.freeminds.org/

Advocates for Awareness of Watchtower Abuses (AAWA)
http://aawa.co/blog/how-the-watchtower-uses-undue-influence-to-enforce-its-blood-policy/

Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses Online
http://ex-jw.com/

^^^ The above website includes "An Elder Shares His Honest Opinions"
http://ex-jw.com/elder-shares-honest-opinions  (THAT should be an interesting read!)