I Grew Up a Jehovah's Witness

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 178 People

    Just A Few Words . . .

    Before you read this, you should know:    1) I am not a Jehovah's Witness    2) I was raised a Jehovah's Witness from abt 8    3) I have not been a Jehovah's Witness for almost 40 years    4) I choose not to be a Jehovah/s Witness for my own reasons and I will not...
    CRGenes CRGenes
    56-60, F
    7 Responses Aug 25, 2011

    If you are not familiar with Jehovah's

    Witnesses you won't understand this but I'm getting ready for the memorial. Eventhough I no longer attend any other meeting I still go to the memorial every year I guess a part of me feels really guilty if I don't go. It's still the only thing I celebrate as I've grown up since...
    ellelinkin ellelinkin
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Apr 14, 2014

    Ripped Away

    I was raised a JW. 6 hours of meetings a week from before I could remember. Looking back on it, I loved my spirtuality and my relationship with God. The community was strong and gave me great comfort. When I was 12 my mom left the "church" and suddenly one day we were no...
    CarterQ CarterQ
    36-40, M
    4 Responses Dec 4, 2007

    Hi New Here

    hi my name is becky im from plymouth i grew up a jehovahs witnesses. but i was finding it hard to balance out my school work and  beening a jehovahs witnesses. my parents divorced when i was eleven . i havent been to a meeting for four years as when i was going  i was...
    becky203 becky203
    9 Responses Aug 17, 2010

    Why Are There No Men In This Organization

    So I grew up a Jehovah's Witness and Im at a crossroads spiritually. I am a faithful follower. I am not hypocritical in my worship and work to be kind and loving. I am chaste and have never fornicated, however theres something disturbing me that has me thinking twice lately. I...
    ethereal101 ethereal101
    26-30, F
    6 Responses Dec 1, 2013

    I Was Raised A Jw

    For many years I practiced the JW religion. Was baptised and even went door to door but in my teens i fell away. After MONTHS of constant down talking by not only my parents but also the elders i came back. It was DRILLED into my head that this was right and that this was the...
    jessakee jessakee
    1 Response Jul 4, 2012

    Lost Mother

    i lost my mother because of the no blood transfusion,i hold them responsible for her death.   they say to be a good christian you need forgive.  i hope i can some day.
    garryr42 garryr42
    7 Responses Sep 27, 2011

    and I'm glad I'm out of

    that crazy religion
    HellifIknow2015 HellifIknow2015
    36-40, M
    1 Response Jun 25, 2015


    I am hesitant to write this as this group seems to be full of hate and malice towards the religion. I don't want to be associated with that. Here is my story: My parents were witnesses before I was born. It was all I knew. I grew up in a very small town in the south and our...
    PossiblyNormal PossiblyNormal
    26-30, F
    4 Responses Apr 1, 2011

    Grew up Jehovah's Witness.

    ..baptized when I was 14. Pushed into it. Dad was an elder...good guy but easily pushed around. My mother is a hypocrite. Lost my babies over that hypocritical bunch of religious extremists. No I'm not a drunk, druggie, etc., just couldn't get past the lies they told about me. I...
    Babydoll9294 Babydoll9294
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Jul 27, 2014

    No Im Not Jehovah's Witness

    Im not but I would like to talk to one so i can see what u Believe and y
    deleted deleted
    Sep 23, 2013

    Another Ex Jw

    I was also brought up in "the truth" as it is called in the religion.   Dad was an elder, so from birth to I was about 17 (when I left) it basically was my life.   Although from a very young age, I knew it was not for me.    I am now...
    Maximise Maximise
    31-35, F
    7 Responses Jan 10, 2008

    Terrible Terrible Religion

    Hello everyone, I want anyone to share stories of being raised in the jehova witness religion. I was raised a jehova witness and frankly, i am agianst the whole thing. It seperates families and ruins lives. They seek out people who are week in mind and looking for an...
    26 Responses May 30, 2008

    Yes I did proudly. In fact I owe my life to my

    religion. I was adopted from a struggling single mother to a lovely older JW couple here in Canada. What's birthdays, patriotism, or associating with worldly people when you live in a nice home, get everything you need AND want, and exist in a safe community with others who have...
    IsaacofCalgary IsaacofCalgary
    26-30, M
    3 Responses Jul 16, 2014

    I wish I was like all other jw kids

    who are very spitually minded and very active in the ministry. I wish I dont have the struggle I have. It would have easier to progess spiritually and create a strong connection with Jehovah :(
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses May 14, 2015

    In-Spite Of It All - I Survived!! Part One Of Many To Come

    My definition of Diversity-Growing up with a Mother who was a DEVOTED JW and a Father who was an Alcoholic. Where do you start?? I am one of four children "the Baby" of the family. My three older siblings was 12, 10 and 8 when I was born. My mother got involved with the JW...
    Blacksheepbaby Blacksheepbaby
    46-50, F
    1 Response Sep 24, 2013


    I just recently became an unbaptized publisher just a few months ago. I'm 19 years old, and I've been in the truth all of my life, despite my parents being inactive for the majority of it. Long sob story short, my childhood sucked. I had no friends from school because they weren...
    duClo duClo
    18-21, T
    6 Responses Sep 4, 2013

    Don'T Know What To Believe

    I guess my story is tame compared to some of what I've read here but I'll post it anyway. I'm 18, born and raised as a 2nd generation Jehovah's Witness. My dad's side is from the Caribbean and witnesses came to his door and eventually converted my grandfather, grandmother, father...
    mysteros mysteros
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Oct 18, 2013

    Stuck Being A Witness

    Here's how my story begins. I was raised in a very conservative Jehovah's Witness household. My parents decided they wanted to keep me in a "clean environment". So they took me out of public school when I was in the 3rd grade, and begun home schooling me. I was never really shy...
    theox theox
    22-25, M
    7 Responses Mar 5, 2010

    I Love Jehovah

    ANNOUCING JEHOVAH'S KINDOM, THE BIBLE CHANGES LIVES. Shun what Jehovah hates. Manslaughter, sexual immorality, Spiritsm, Idolatry, Drunkenness, stealing, lying, Greed, Violence, Improper speech, Misuse of blood, Refusal to provid for ones's family, Paricipation in wars or...
    jonathanmichaelcogley jonathanmichaelcogley
    26-30, M
    1 Response Oct 11, 2012

    Unlike everyone else,

    I didn't (or haven't) have a bad experience with the witnesses. So this is not going to be a long rant about being brain washed because I honestly don't believe they are. This is just my story and basically my life. This may be a little long because i have a lot to get off my...
    themusician001 themusician001
    18-21, F
    8 Responses Mar 24, 2014

    Name And Shame

    i used to be a jehovahs witness. i am also gay. so last year i decided enough was enough and stopped my association with the jehovah witnesses. i got a boyfriend, and now we live together. most family members, including grandparents aunties uncles and cousins, know about it. the...
    deleted deleted
    Nov 26, 2012

    Been There, Done That

    Before becoming a Jehovah Witness, I had many gods I worshiped. I was Atheist. Sports was my god. Music was my god. I studied Buddha, Islam, Catholic, Astrology, Demons, Angels, Idols, Presperterian, Methodist, Episcopalian, Orthodox, Baptist, African American Denominations...
    askduane askduane
    3 Responses May 4, 2012

    What I Witnessed..

    I don't know which happened first;  my father finding God, or my mother getting knocked up.  However it went, it ended up that God's rules conveniently supported my fathers complete and utter control over my mother and every aspect of her life.  This began...
    EolianDeparting EolianDeparting
    3 Responses Jan 19, 2009

    Born 3rd Generation Jehovah's Witness

    WHO ARE JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES? The central CORE doctrine of the Watchtower,the reason they came into existence was to proclaim Jesus Christ second coming in 1914.They will now deny that they ever made this claim,that's called BAIT AND SWITCH The Watchtower is BIG money...
    DannyHaszard DannyHaszard
    46-50, M
    3 Responses Sep 12, 2009

    One More Time

    So not trying to be rude but if I read one more "I still believe they teach the closest to bible truths" am going to die!! If u are out of there far enough to be on this site then don't be scared to do some REAL research on their so called "bible truths" .....so far from...
    Gbeana73 Gbeana73
    Jul 3, 2013

    I Liked It.

    My parents grew up Jehovah's Witnesses, which is how they met. We went to the Hall regularly until i was bout 11. I always hated going, because it was so boring. But i did, and still do, enjoy learning. I believe many of the things i was taught, and i think that it has helped me...
    lkc2011 lkc2011
    18-21, F
    3 Responses May 5, 2009

    Why Be A Good "Young One", Then?

    As I grew up in the Kingdom Hall, I realized that the young ones are constantly criticized. CONSTANTLY. Subtly. They sugarcoat everything. The articles in the Watchtower on young ones spent more than half of it talking about the young one's mistakes, and what not to do. Then...
    duClo duClo
    18-21, T
    1 Response Sep 9, 2012

    Watchtower Magazine Why I Love It!

    I love the Watchtower Magazine and look forward to each month's edition. It's the most informative journal in the world on biblical articles and how they apply to life today. The stories are accurate, pictures are accurate and the best. The research is on time. Printing is the...
    askduane askduane
    3 Responses May 4, 2012

    The Foundation of My Fragile World- I was not

    born in to the Truth. I was adopted in to the Truth from an unbeliever to a believer when I was maybe 3 years old probably younger though. Unlike my younger sister who was and remains a devoted member, I have at times grown disillusioned as I felt the strong tug of worldliness...
    Izaakhs Izaakhs
    26-30, M
    2 Responses Jun 25, 2015

    Jehovah's Witness Forever

    The Israelite tribe had direct communication with Jehovah God leaving Egypt as slaves and the Wilderness for Forty years. They dealt directly with the Creator God with the help of Moses and Aaron. Some 3 million Israelites all rebelled against God. Guess what, of that 3 million...
    askduane askduane
    1 Response May 4, 2012

    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 and constantly threatened to see to it first my older brother then my older sister were taken away from my mother. By the time she was...
    ZenithOmega ZenithOmega
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Dec 20, 2014

    Pains My Heart

    It pains my heart to read all the hate and ill feelings of growing up as a JW. My mom was raised a JW and fell out when she was 16 and she contacted a congregation when I was in the 2nd grade and began attending again. It was an easy transition for me, even at that young age. I...
    tiedye27 tiedye27
    31-35, F
    1 Response Nov 26, 2011

    Hello! As you can see by the title I grew up

    as a JW and well...I love it :) I just got baptized at the international convention and I'm really excited haha it was so good and it was so enjoyable seeing 449 NEW people give there life to serving the only one true God, Jehovah. My life when I was younger wasn't bad at all...
    Christianboy17 Christianboy17
    22-25, M
    7 Responses Aug 22, 2014

    Too Old To Be Confused.

    Since I was born, Meetings every week, Memorial every year, and the Long Beach Convention were normal to me. When I was young, I never really payed attention during Meeting because I was only 6 or 7 when we stopped attending them regularly. I feel that timing was so wrong. I was...
    Smeems27 Smeems27
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Sep 6, 2013

    Brain Washed As A Jehovah's Witness

    And I love it. They told me if I become a Jehovah Witness, I will get "brain-washed". At first like most people it scared me a little to think that. Then, reality set in. The Truth set me Free. What do I mean? Glad you asked. Prior to becoming a Jehovah's Witness, I was worldly...
    askduane askduane
    4 Responses May 4, 2012


    v=gRoETHf6kpU Perfect?
    MissingPlugins MissingPlugins
    22-25, F
    1 Response May 13, 2015


    I grew up in the Truth, I suppose. I say "suppose", because after my father married my mother, and had me, he became inactive for a while. (Still believe/practice the faith, just do not attend the congregational meetings and go door to door.) I had been to the meetings every once...
    duClo duClo
    18-21, T
    3 Responses Sep 1, 2012

    Good And Bad, Like Anything Else

    DISCLAIMER: It seems like most of the people posting about Jehovah's Witnesses are people who have been horribly scarred. I just want to say that although I grew up as a Witness, I am not horribly scarred. I was not abused, nor was anyone close to me. No one committed...
    needanewname needanewname
    22-25, M
    5 Responses Oct 6, 2009

    How I Found Jehovah After My Jehovah's Witness Adventure

    i'm not against jw's...was born and raised into it, but left in my twenties....didn't really mean to leave, just had a crisis of faith, and had to run away and then realized kind of all of a sudden that it was like i had outgrown it. it just didn't fit in with what i knew about...
    yeshuja yeshuja
    31-35, M
    3 Responses Jul 27, 2012

    My name is jess and I am in need of some advice.

    I've been brought up a JW my whole life. Still currently living at home with my parents and im in my early 20s. I am baptised. They have done a great job in raising me in everything and I appreciate and love them for it but I'm afraid I'm going ruin all that when I have to come...
    walkingbackwardsx walkingbackwardsx
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Jul 20, 2015
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