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I was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses for over 30 years, serving as a pioneer for several years.  I was a true believer and wanted nothing more than to make Jehovah’s heart happy.  Then I found out about the child sexual abuse in the organization and that nothing was being done to protect the children.  After that, I began to see the cracks in doctrine, especially once the understanding about “generation” was changed to head off the controversy that would arise when we reached the end of the 20th century without seeing Armageddon.

I was married to an elder who believed that the organization troubles were a sign that Jesus Christ would take steps to change things.  That reasoning didn’t work for me.  I found I could no longer support an organization that concealed child sexual abuse behind a cloak of respectability.

I diassociated myself in 2004 and left my husband at the same time.  It was a struggle to reprogram my mind after years of mind-control tactics, but I’ve finally come out into the spiritual sunshine.

It is my hope that everyone who reads this blog will find humor in the silliness of life as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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  1. I appreciate what you stand for and exactly why you left the organization. I can’t wait to read more!!!

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  2. I am looking forward to hearing more of your story. I can only imagine the ups and downs.

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  3. Sally, I am really enjoying these posts. Enjoy seems a bad word for something so truly dreadful, but your writing is very good. Glad you got out. with love, cousin Wendy.

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  4. What a fantastic blog! I’m going to keep an eye out for your posts 🙂

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  5. You’re a great story-telller, Sally. And a survivor!!

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  6. Just found your blog – it’s good. I look forward to dropping by from time to time to see how it develops.

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  7. Sally, I’ve now read several postings here. Much written is familiar to me, but rarely have I seen such experiences related with such wit. And yes, I personally enjoy that. But more than that rejoice with and for you for the healing it demonstrates. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. May we all continue to say “yes!” To all three. 🙂

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  8. I am so happy for you, and so glad that your husband left with you! That ‘religion’ has broken up so many families, and caused such pain to those who have managed to “see” the TRUTH about this publishing Corporation with a religious agenda.

    I look forward to reading all of your blogs. Your writing is truthful, informative and engaging!

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  9. Excellent information and delivery. I relate to alot of what you write. I was a member of the WBTS as well. Baptized in either ’72 or ’73 and disfellowshipped in 2001 for unrepentant adultery and drug abuse. I attempted various combacks, and ended up in phyche ward. I eventually realized in late 2004 that there is hope of salvation apart from the WTBS and religion. My testimony is here on wordpress. Thanks for what you are doing.

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  10. wow…satan has you wrapped around his little finger.

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    • I would think the ones that Satan has wrapped would be the husbands and men who abuse their wives, shun rape victims, and rape little children with little to no impunity. Interesting that you blame this blogger for being in Satan’s grasp but did she rape any children? Rape her own spouse? Have seething anger that put someone’s life in real danger? No? Then who’s the real agent of Satan here?

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  11. Love your blog. Had so many similar experiences; my life began when my family and I left that insanity behind.

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  12. Just found out about your blog via Reddit. I am a fiction author writing on the subject of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Maybe we could swap guest posts on each others blogs? E-mail me: anthony.mathenia [at] gmail.com

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  13. Hi there Scottleblog – Greetings from a couple of old ex-JW, My wife and I were associated for too many years. We left 30 years ago. We still spend a bit of time helping survivors exit the cult. Had a surprise call from oldest daughter last spring, informing us we had been DF’d 20 years ago but nobody had taken the trouble to tell us. Her family had to enter damage control mode and stop talking to us. Oh well, nobody’s record keeping is perfect, not even “god’s people”

    Thought your blog, which we just discovered, was a blast. Humor is a great weapon, even when the sickness is not laughable. Keep up having a good time and be sure we will be chuckling along!!

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  14. I love your blog! It is so well written and witty. I was a JW from the late 60s to the mid-80s. I’m still trying to heal from it all. My parents were very hard core JWs, so it was no picnic being a kid in that religion.
    I’m glad you got out, and am so happy to have found this wonderful blog! Keep going, sister!

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  15. Enjoying your blog so much!

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  16. I love your blog, excellent stories and well written too

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  17. Yours is one of the best sites I’ve found when it come to the truth about the truth, and about personal experiences inside. You’re a very talented writer and I understand your comments on not being able to use your talents for anything even remotely related to a career. Sadly yours is not the worst experience when it comes to being in an abusive marriage even when married to an elder. Please keep the posts coming, and stay strong!

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  18. As an ExJW I am encouraged by your light and funny insights. It is truly a blessing to know that I am not alone. I was amazed to see your note on Eric Reeder. I knew him well and was shocked by his passing. I babysat his boys years ago and knew him and his family of course thru the KH. I am glad to know that he had found a friend who could understand this unusual background that we have, and that you can never quite get rid of. I am happy I found your blog. Thank You!!!

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  19. I absolutely love your blog!! I totally relate to your story and hope to read more of it. Your cheerful witty tales brought smile to my face especially when I was down about whether or not to leave the JW.

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  20. Not sure that ive missed something on your blog.But, seems you broke your marriage up,for very poor reasons?I apologies, if I don’t know the whole story.

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  21. Bill Roberts

    Just reading some of your stories again, with tears in my eyes and a smile on my lips. You sure can write. I hope your life is going well.
    ….Bill

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  22. I stumbled upon your blog and read the entire thing. I loved your writing and humor. Having lived life exactly as you put it, it really took me back. Since you no longer post here, I was wondering, do you write any other blogs? I’d love to read more of your work. Regina

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  23. Your writing is spot on. I can’t get enough of your hilarious accounts. I just walked away 30 some years ago. Did not write a letter or get disfellowshipped. I for baptized at age 13. I wanted to beat some obnoxious girls in the hall to it. I think it’s funny how many JWs needed to be convinced that Prince was really one of them. Now that the Society has given their stamp of approval, they’re all about Prince. Keep up the great writing, it’s very therapeutic even after 30 years.

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  24. You’re a lovely natural writer and I can relate to so many of the episodes you describe. It’s been over seven years since I last set foot in a Kingdom Hall (Church haha) but your blogs have made the memories flood back.

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