I Am An Ex Jehovah's Witness

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 306 People

    Reading through the many stories here,

    I'm left feeling both inspired and depressed. It's always good to know that we aren't completely alone in our experiences (as I have also seen on the "I Don't Like Dogs Very Much" blog) but it's also hard to see how so many people have been hurt so deeply. My story is similar...
    mustnotlovedogs mustnotlovedogs
    46-50, M
    4 Responses Jul 27, 2015

    It is hard not to question

    if I have made the right choice. Well, actually it wasn't my choice. I got df'd for a brazen attitude. I got baptized when I was 12. I never wanted to get baptized. I was guilt tripped into it. I was way too young to make that kind of life changing choice. I then was married to...
    sdematos25 sdematos25
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Aug 1, 2015

    At Peace

    I am an ex-JW not because I took issue with any doctrinal beliefs.  It would be nice to say I was that devote, but my reasons for leaving were much more selfish, extreme unhappiness in my marriage. As most witnesses I married young, pressured into marriage quickly...
    SarahsPeace SarahsPeace
    12 Responses Jul 27, 2009

    I Dont Know Where To Start.

    I was a jehovahs witness. I was very young, probably pre-school age. My earliest memory (of which I have very few) is of my dad returning our xmas presents to our relatives. We all as a family, both parents and 5 kids, had started on our nightmare journey into the life of a...
    bobfromscotland bobfromscotland
    3 Responses Aug 28, 2012

    Former Jehovah's Witnesses Speak Out

     Aug 2, 2013 The false teachings of the Jehovah's Witnesses exposed on the John Ankerberg Show. Like & subscribe? Learn more @http://neo104.com/
    Heavenbound5511 Heavenbound5511
    36-40, F
    1 Response Aug 13, 2013

    I was raised as a Jehovah's Witness.

    My father was an elder in our congregation and me and my brother had a very happy childhood up until I was 14 years old. It was then I started to have questions, to think more deep, and to see the world for more than i was raised to see it. I had two sisters who were twenty...
    jpaul15 jpaul15
    26-30, M
    7 Responses Apr 2, 2014

    I wrote this before but it was

    so long all of it didn't post, so I will try to condense my experience. When I was two my mom started studying and she was baptized five years later. My dad is an Army veteran and he couldn't accept certain teachings so I grew up in a divided household. I never felt the way...
    brejack07 brejack07
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Aug 5, 2014

    Happily An Ex :-)

    Hello to all reading this! How are you today? I hope you are well. A bit about me- I was 'born-in" the Jehovah Witness culture. The family I grew up in was extremely dysfunctional- full of untreated mental and emotional illnesses and ignored abuses. (As is seemingly typical for...
    WishyTrishy WishyTrishy
    31-35, F
    9 Responses Jul 31, 2013

    Finding My Truth

    Hi all, my name is Nadia Powers and I first want to say I'm really inspired by all of you former JW's coming forward and telling your stories. I'm so happy we all chose freedom for ourselves. I'm 20 years old, and I was born to two Jehovah's Witness parents. My father became an...
    nadiapowers nadiapowers
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Apr 25, 2013

    Why is there no legal recourse against a

    organization that does brainwashing, uses hypnotism to coherse their members. Where as they cause mental and emotional damage. Why is it that no one speaks out about the harm the do to families and children
    Joycetr Joycetr
    6 Responses Oct 18, 2014

    I'm knew to this blogging thing,

    but I want to stop hiding in the dark with what happened to me, even though i was disfellowship and lost my family and witness friends as well but I've got over it now..i still have days though when its hard though.
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Jan 14, 2016

    I was raised as a Jehovah's Witness.

    When I was young a new family moved to our congregation. They had children my age, and we got along well. Eventually, the relationship grew to the point that this family watched me throughout the week while my mother went to work. The father sexually abused me. I didn't report...
    bsoubsou bsoubsou
    26-30, F
    5 Responses Feb 3, 2014

    Walked Away

    I was born and raised as a Jehovah's Witness with only my mom and my younger brother in the house as members. My father, while he would sometimes study the publications, go to meetings and to the yearly Memorial, never entered this religion and would often harshly criticize it...
    deleted deleted
    12 Responses Jan 16, 2010

    I am 18 and i grew up a jehovah's witness.

    Im not baptized though. I liked being a jw when i was younger coz i was convince and still am that jehovah is the true god. I never completely fitted in at school coz everyone thought it was so weird that i dont celebrate my birthday and any holidays. This never bothered me coz...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Jan 23, 2016

    King Of Cults

    I have just finished my book, "King of Cults; A Former Insider's View of the Jehovah's Witnesses".  This has been a healing experience for me and will prove to be helpful in the deprogramming and healing of others.  Watch for it soon at Amazon and other retailers.  After 33...
    davidbridges davidbridges
    46-50, M
    3 Responses Feb 11, 2011

    I was raised in a cult.

    It destroyed my family and my childhood. It haunts me to this day and is the first thing I think if in the morning and the last thing at night. I am haunted by nightmares of the past.
    Princesswarrior65 Princesswarrior65
    51-55, F
    1 Response Mar 12, 2014

    Still Adjusting...

    Hi, I used to be a baptized JW. I was born into a very religious household. My mom learned of JWs when she was 8, and her family has been witnesses ever since. My dad learned of it when he met my mom through work. My mother has always been the more religious one. My dad was...
    Livingthrupics Livingthrupics
    22-25, F
    8 Responses Jul 31, 2013

    Disfellowshiped Into Freedom!

    I was born and raised in to the Religion of Jehovahs Witnesses. My ENTIRE family, are still practicing and devout. When I was about 16 I started to just not care anymore about what the "rules" were. I had experience sexual abuse at the hands of a step sibling. My step-father...
    freepoet freepoet
    22-25, F
    8 Responses Apr 17, 2010

    I Found Happiness Despite Being Shunned

    Hi. Im a 24 year old who has been disfellowshipped for a over a year and a half. I will never forget the day I decided I was leaving. I had just moved into my own apartment and was sick and tired of living a double life. I woke up that first day in my own place and said I am no...
    southerngirl07 southerngirl07
    22-25, F
    35 Responses Nov 9, 2012

    Former Jehovah's Witness Testimony Former

    Jhovah's Witness Bookmark and Share My name is Adrian. I am an ex Jehovah’s Witness now serving God in faith and truth from my heart, drawn towards God because of a love for Him owed to the fact He loved me first. I was born into the JW religion/cult, but as I...
    churinga churinga
    70+, M
    1 Response Apr 13, 2014

    No email address on the JW's official website?

    ???? I have a question that I wanted to email the society about. I don't want someone coming to my door and calling. Funny that they don't have a email address to contact them ......
    Wilddolphins Wilddolphins
    46-50, F
    1 Response Feb 5, 2014

    It'S Lonely Out Here Sometimes

    It's a little complicated how I ended up disassociated from Jehovah's Witnesses. I got caught up in something I wasn't supposed to be doing and when I went to the elders and told them what was going on I decided that I didn't want to have any part in the religion what so ever. I...
    ChannyOh ChannyOh
    26-30, F
    7 Responses May 17, 2013

    Explanation Truly Needed!

    Well, I gave the elders my letter of disassociation this past Saturday. They told me that I will be treated as someone who is disfellowed and that means I can't have any interaction with my mom who is a JW. Now someone please tell me, how do they figure that the same rule...
    PearlNana PearlNana
    31-35, F
    8 Responses May 7, 2013


     Being disfellowshipped is a death sentence in their eyes but worse you are shunned!  I see people who have known me since I was eight years old that still shun me and they inform the new recruits to shun me too.  There was a time when "The Truth" as they...
    akiahelon akiahelon
    46-50, F
    13 Responses Sep 10, 2010

    Found My Son After 35 Years

    I was born in 1949 to a Jehovah’s Witness family. My mother, father, grandfather, grandmother, all my uncles, and all my aunts were 2nd generation JW’s. I was a wild child in some ways during my teens and left home very young. I met and married a catholic girl. That...
    rustman rustman
    14 Responses Mar 7, 2012

    Before I start I want to make this clear.

    I am NOT against Jehovahs witnesses or any other religion for that matter. I respect people for their beliefs and ideals. I am simply conveying a message to hopefully help or comfort someone who may be in a similar position. I was raised as a Jehovah's witness. I had never...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Sep 6, 2015

    I was thrown out of the religion years ago

    and it screwed my head up so bad that I had a nervous breakdown at 23 yrs old and dropped out of life. I gained so much weight which those cruel people made fun of me, just to please my parents I put up with the ridicule and jealousy so not to hurt them. They tormented me and...
    lexiswart lexiswart
    56-60, F
    1 Response Jan 14, 2014

    I was disfellowshipped

    for being in love with my first love from High School. My so called friend told her Father I was not a virgin and made sure I was disfellowshipped because a boy that she liked was interested in me. So to get even she told her Father an so called "Elder" brought me in front of...
    lexiswart lexiswart
    56-60, F
    1 Response Jan 14, 2014

    More Like A Question

    I've been away from The Jehovah's Witnesses for 1 month. Does it ever "leave" you? Is it always there, a part of you... like if you are in a store, and you see the little horoscope rolls at the cash register do you go back to your programming thinking the horoscope is bad? Or...
    Derangedjdub Derangedjdub
    36-40, F
    17 Responses Aug 18, 2012

    I joined in my mid 20's.

    Single mom with 2 kids. I loved what I was learning about Jehovah. I got baptized and raised my 2 children in the "truth". After I was baptized I soon learned how really alone I was. The members in the congregation became cold towards me. I became aware that people didn't...
    deleted deleted
    5 Responses Mar 17, 2014
    churinga churinga
    70+, M
    1 Response Jan 5, 2014

    Almost There... With An Answer To A Prayer

    I am a 4th generation witness and my young kids 5th... while serving as a MS in the cong and studying with a young man we discussed the blood issue... I went and did extra research and was surprised how much had actually changed also the physical quantities of some major...
    unhinged unhinged
    31-35, M
    15 Responses Feb 3, 2010
    churinga churinga
    70+, M
    May 18, 2013

    Effectively raised a JW in a divided household,

    baptised at 16. Discovered women and became a father at 19 and although I was a good father, wasn't going to be forced into marriage before I was ready which pressured my girlfriend into wanting to be 'accepted'. She married another brother (a so-called friend) and in doing so...
    n5mith n5mith
    41-45, M
    3 Responses Dec 15, 2013

    Some Ways My Life Changed!!

    What does it mean to "have been" a Jehovah's Witness?  Hahahahaha!!!!  It means something different for everyone!!! For me it means getting away from ignorant, unthinking people who congregate together way too many times a week to compare clothes and perfumery. It...
    DragonEssence DragonEssence
    31-35, M
    6 Responses Aug 21, 2010

    Advice For Kids Trying To Leave

    What's up guys! For the first nineteen year of my life I was a JW. I was born into it and it was all I knew. So I know how hard it is to to stop being a JW, especially when you were raised as one your whole life. You are yearning to explore and do more but your sheltered life has...
    plur143 plur143
    3 Responses Dec 8, 2012
    churinga churinga
    70+, M
    1 Response Dec 31, 2013

    I was born into it and it screwed my whole

    family over. I'm on SSD, I blame it on them! Most of it!
    Ragdol Ragdol
    51-55, F
    2 Responses Apr 10, 2014

    Hello, My name is Angela!

    Wow where to begin… I was a witness from age 7 – 17. When I was age 14 my mother got back into drugs, Tus leading up to my parents divorce. My Father then became super religious then and starting really forcing it upon me. For a while I was so involved, but that’s...
    AngelaSullivanWright AngelaSullivanWright
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Nov 7, 2014
    churinga churinga
    70+, M
    Dec 30, 2013

    I am so screwed up from this

    so called religion and I can't get one response from other Ex-JWs....Why I am begging for help please.
    lexiswart lexiswart
    56-60, F
    11 Responses Jan 14, 2014

    Why?... I've studied other religions.

    . I've studied my religion... I just don't understand why any of you would leave. You say the rules are harsh, but they are for protection... You know the backgrounds behind holidays and yet some choose to celebrate them. You know what the bible says about blood, and yet you say...
    deleted deleted
    4 Responses Jul 29, 2015

    Rawr! I Pagan! Hail Lilith!

    I got my Talisman necklaces on as we speak! Although honestly I used to Defend the Jehovah's witnesses when their critics would come up because at least I don't believe in Eternal Damnation and hellfire! But then I realized I had friends who were EX Jws now who FREAKING CAN'T...
    ManifestoOfThePhoenix ManifestoOfThePhoenix
    31-35, M
    Mar 21, 2016

    Is There A Bigger World Out There?

    Hi everyone, I'm pretty new at this and still feel a little cautious. But I thought I'd feel better getting it out. I was born and raised JW. My dad was an elder as well as the PO. The expectations are high when you're a child of an elder. Living under his house meant living...
    deleted deleted
    10 Responses Sep 27, 2013

    I joined with my future husband in 1971

    when I was 16. I was in awe of the prophecies about the end of the system which we were led to believe would happen by the end of 1975. I gave up a good career in medicine as I truly believed this prophecy of theirs. We married and had 2 children in the next 3 years and never...
    mumqueen mumqueen
    61-65, F
    2 Responses Feb 10, 2014

    4th Generation

    I come from a 4th generation JW family, my parents are retired circuit overseers and ex bethelites. I was married to a ministerial servant and was a pioneer for many years, lived in South America for many years serving where the need was great. I woke up one morning and left the...
    Canadianexjw Canadianexjw
    46-50, F
    8 Responses Aug 27, 2013

    Maybe I can find happiness in the next life.

    I'm afraid of myself I use to be a Jehovah's Witness they say the world is going to end millions of people are suppose to die and your suppose to be happy about that but I'm not so I don't do it anymore but feel somewhat guilt for not. I want to find my purpose they say we were...
    dte22 dte22
    26-30, M
    4 Responses Mar 12, 2014

    When our own thoughts are forbidden,

    when our questions are not allowed and our doubts are punished, when contacts and friendships outside the organization are censored, we are being abused for an end that never justifies its means. When our heart aches knowing that we have made friendships and secret attatchments...
    kokkili kokkili
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jul 29, 2015

    Never imagined i could be able to tell my story

    cz thought no one would understand.. When i was 2 years old, both my parents joined jw, they were introduced to the religion through one of my father's relatives.. I wish i knew my parents before they joined the religion but i was too young to.. My childhood and adolescence...
    lightnur4 lightnur4
    31-35, F
    4 Responses Jan 29, 2014
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