1. If you were introduced to the bible later in life, what did you learn that made believe that it was the truth or was very important to your life at the time? If you were raised in the truth, what was one truth or belief that was important to you as a child?
I was raised in the truth. The thing that stood out to me was that view Jehovah as a loving father. My parents divorced when I was little and soon after that my dad moved to Florida. I know somewhere deep down I knew that he left because of him, but I just couldn’t shake the fact that he left because he didn’t love me and my brothers enough. In a way I still feel that way. But no matter what I still have Jehovah on my side. I could talk to him and cry about what I was going through. That was more than I ever got from my dad.
2. One song that’s a guilty pleasure of yours?
Oh too many N*Sync songs to count. Yeah, totally embarrassing.
3. Have you ever worn sneakers to a meeting or other informal clothes?
I worked second shift for a couple of months. I would leave work and go straight to the meeting so I didn’t have time to change. I felt so awkward. I would sit in the second school and leave soon after.
4. What if any teachings have you struggled to put faith in or commandments from Jehovah have you had to struggle obey?
None recently that I can think of. I try to have a good spiritual support system around me, so when something comes up I can talk to someone.
5. How much of your family is in the truth? Has that amount made it easier or harder for you?
I have a ton of family in the truth. Both on my mom and dad sides. Now adding in my husband’s family, we could make a small congregation. I think it has made things easier. It’s always weird to have to explain over and over why you aren’t participating in some function, be it for a family member’s birthday or some church function that they’re having. It’s always great to be able to have family who can understand understand you spiritually speaking. They already know because they go through the same things.
1. If you were raised in the truth, what is your earliest spiritual memory? If you were introduced to the truth later, what was your first visit to the kingdom hall like?
2. Have you ever found it hard to grasp the thought of living forever? How have you dealt with this?
3. Do you have any family members that you wish were in the truth?
4. How you deal with hostility in the ministry?
5. Pretend you’re in the Paradise, what is your day like?
I am so proud of you. All of you. You, despite so many obstacles, continue to endure as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. This is an endurance race…it’s not easy being a Witness. I live your story. I feel your struggles. Yet, despite the judgment you’ve faced, despite the isolation you’ve felt (even amongst fellow JWs), you keep on going strong. Amen, amen.
I realize now that I’ve spent too much time allowing other people to hijack my spiritual progress. I’ve allowed the exclusion I’ve experienced to impact my spiritual well-being. I don’t know where my path leads me, but I am not going to let imperfect people stand in the way of my relationship with God. I look to additional sources now for my support group. I cherish all of you and your posts on here. It would be a privilege to meet some of you guys on here someday soon.
We must stick together and encourage one another. I can’t stress that enough. Lack of support will cause people to abandon their faith…it’s essential that we build one another up. If you’re one of the JWs who feels alone or unsupported…let me say right now that my inbox is always open. You are never alone. The apostle Peter admonished Christians to “…be like-minded, showing fellow feeling, having brotherly affection, tenderly compassionate…” (1 Peter 3:8). That’s what being a Christian is all about. We are a family. And that means being bonded by true love and friendship.