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I Am An Ex Jehovah's Witness

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 262 People

    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 26-30 13 Responses Jul 27, 2009

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    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 5 Responses Aug 27, 2013

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    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 22-25, F 5 Responses Feb 3

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    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 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 25, 2013

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    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 46-50, F 1 Response Mar 12

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    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 26-30 11 Responses Jan 16, 2010

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    The Pain Lingers On

    I never fit in with the Witness lifestyle. I was raised in the "truth" since I was 8. I pioneered for 2 years and was active in the congregation but I was still in the back room all the time. I was back there for reading Twilight books, saying something "sucked," having a skirt...
    jessilollipop jessilollipop 22-25, F 7 Responses Jul 21, 2013

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    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 18-21, F 7 Responses Jul 31, 2013

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    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 22-25, M 6 Responses Apr 2

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    Friday Dc Convention God’s Word Is Truth '13 W/ Commentary Bahahahaha

    Reproduced from JWB: http://www.jehovahswitnessblog.com/conventions/gods-word-is-truth-2013-district-convention-friday/ Submitted (written) by Teeny on May 27, 2013 - 5:19 pm Yep, it’s that time of year again. You know, when you’re spoonfed experiences of all the...
    Derangedjdub Derangedjdub 36-40, F 9 Responses May 28, 2013

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    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 51-55, F Jan 14

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    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 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 7

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    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 22-25 4 Responses Dec 8, 2012

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    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 46-50, F 2 Responses Apr 10

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    Disfellowshipping And Family

    Hello. I’m hesitant to post this, but I need some feedback. I’m just curious if you are disfellowshipped how do your family members treat you? And if you are disfellowshipped with children, how do your family members treat your children? I was baptized at 15 and I was DF’d...
    Joysome12 Joysome12 31-35 14 Responses Dec 20, 2012

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    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 14 Responses Feb 3, 2010

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    churinga churinga 70+, M Dec 30, 2013

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    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 26-30, F 4 Responses Jan 29

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    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

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    Treated Like A Criminal

    I'm fifteen and recently left. I thought if i said i did not believe in their teachings i would be able to speak with my friends in there anyways. But they treat me like I a criminal. My mother who raised me in this religion turned on my dad cause he isn't a believer, so she left...
    unanimous8 unanimous8 16-17, M 10 Responses Jun 4, 2013

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    churinga churinga 70+, M Dec 31, 2013

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    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 51-55, F 1 Response Jan 14

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    Revelations

     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

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    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 56-60, F 3 Responses Feb 10

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    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 15 Responses Aug 18, 2012

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    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 22-25, M 3 Responses Mar 12

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    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 51-55, F 9 Responses Jan 14

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    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

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    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 3 Responses Aug 13, 2013

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    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 61-65 14 Responses Mar 7, 2012

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    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 2 Responses Dec 15, 2013

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    Why Did I Take So Long!

    Where to start! I was born into the jw religion and ended up marrying a fellow jw and had 4 children who were subsequently brought up in the religion too, my husband was abusive physically and mentally and nobody would listen. I was disfellowshipped in 2000 or dis-associated I'm...
    dawnish dawnish 41-45 7 Responses Jun 5, 2011

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    churinga churinga 70+, M Jan 5

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    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 22-25, F 3 Responses Aug 5

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    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...
    shawntf shawntf 36-40 2 Responses Mar 17

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    What Can I Say?

    ...that I feel so much healthier, emotionally and spiritually, now that I am no longer a part of it. My mother still has the beliefs and so do my two younger siblings who were born into it. My middle sister and I are the only two Christians in my family.  I can't explain how...
    SavingMissy SavingMissy 36-40, F 8 Responses Sep 8, 2008

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    I Was Born And Raised A "witness"!!!!!!

    My life as a Jehovah's Witness was a miserable existence.I was born in 1971, both my parents were both raised as JW's.My dad was an elder from as young as i can remember. My mother was a strict cold heartless mother, and her only care was banging on doors attending meeting's etc...
    Jo1971 Jo1971 36-40 4 Responses Nov 16, 2011

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    There Is Plenty Of Help For Those Hurting

    For anyone needing help with the shunning process and anything else this website will be beneficial. I was a Jehovah's Witness for 35 years, served as an Elder for over 20 years and am now a born-again Christian. It is my prayer that this web site will help Christians reach...
    churinga churinga 70+, M 1 Response May 30, 2013

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    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 56-60 2 Responses Oct 18

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    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 26-30 8 Responses Sep 27, 2013

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    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 46-50 3 Responses Aug 28, 2012

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    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

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    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 7 Responses Jul 31, 2013

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    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 9 Responses Apr 17, 2010

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    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

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    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

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    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 37 Responses Nov 9, 2012

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    Why Would Some Like Me Leave The "Truth"?

    The title of this thread is rhetorical. I am going to answer it with my own experience. Before I do that, I want to discuss what we are told through the literature and the instruction that is given during meetings, assemblies and conventions, for the reasons why people leave the...
    cantleavehasleft cantleavehasleft 46-50, M 1 Response Aug 13, 2013

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    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 22-25, F 6 Responses May 17, 2013

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    Related Experiences

    My ex was a Jehovah's Witness. Our marriage of 27 years broke up after she had an affair with one of the elders, to make things worse, this was one of the "anointed". I wrote the...
    2URoyRod 2URoyRod 56-60 5 days ago

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    Yes I did. My mother found the Truth while stationed in the Air Force in Norway and living unmarried with the local man who would father 3 of her 4 children. He called it a cult...
    ZenithOmega ZenithOmega 18-21, F 3 hrs ago

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