Post by Thehotone4u2 on Jul 31, 2018 5:22:40 GMT -7
One of the elders who had allegedly df'd me, and allegedly signed a letter stating the charges called me for service one day! (30 years ago) So I cleaned his carpet and we talked and he, of course, had never met me, and never heard of me! We talked for a while. He was no longer an elder, and claimed he had never df'd anyone! The next time I cleaned his carpet I recorded our conversation. In the end, it turned out I had never been df'd, they made the whole thing up. When I was finally given a forum to prove beyond any doubt that they made it up, I was instantly exonerated and offered a position in the congregation! Wow!
I was mad at the brother for a long time, and he had nothing to do with it. Me bad.
The elder who married me - as in the marriage celebrant - is also disfellowshipped.
Mind you this happened a long time ago. At the gym back in about 2001 there, across the room he was working out on one of the machines. I had no idea he'd left the org. Went over and reintroduced myself. He was one of the good elders - that's why he left. Told me how over the years he noticed Watchtower magazines were downright contradictions to biblical writings. CO and DO not happy with his attitude. Elders meetings were being held without his knowledge cos they were having meetings about what to do with him.
It was so good talking with him. He told me so much of what life was really like behind the scenes. Because I'd left the org age 20 I was still unaware of a lot of stuff. He's such a decent, kind man. He was the one who told me about Crisis of Conscience and I bought a copy straight away.
When he and his family left it split the congo up. About half of the members left the org.
So S the ex elder came around this evening with another ex jw from the past, it feels good to connect to with people who are now free, S was saying how he was df for 9 years before he did any research and woke up.
No one understand what being ex jw is like except other exes, thank goodness there are so many avenues of support these days.
Post by Thehotone4u2 on Sept 11, 2019 20:51:24 GMT -7
I agree! I was out for years before I discovered JWR! I was hunting down something to counter an argument by my mother and tried the internet, and boom! There it was! I was scared to post for a long time, like months, but then I got the nerve to do it and before long I was a regular. Then boom, I connected on the internet and I'm finally out of the closet! That took 15 years! Geez!
Now I don't understand why the fear!
My adult kids were shunning me is why. I refused to make any statement as to my membership or status. I forced them to make it up out of thin air. Then when someone accused me of apostasy, for instance, I had the ability to call them a liar and demand proof! They didn't know anything about me at all. Making up stories to get me disfellowshipped would be an act of slander or reviling, a df'ing offense.
Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to god!-Lenny Bruce (1925-1966)
Thehotone4u2: I'm not in service today. I'm watching football!
Sept 22, 2019 11:09:18 GMT -7
friendlyjokster: I'd like to use a stack of anywhere up to about 50 Watchtower and/or Awake! magazines for a light-hearted silly JW-fun-poking Halloween decoration idea I have. Any edition, any condition, any number, doesn't matter. Can u help me find some cheap? Thanks!
Sept 22, 2019 20:00:18 GMT -7
Shimmerjet: where are you based jokester? Maybe someone near you who can help?
Sept 23, 2019 0:40:00 GMT -7
friendlyjokster: Thanks, Jet. I just sent a letter to Wallkill HQ, I'll see how that goes.
Sept 23, 2019 7:01:22 GMT -7
Shimmerjet: awesome, keep us updated on your project?
Sept 23, 2019 13:14:46 GMT -7
Thehotone4u2: Hey Rush! How are things?
Oct 2, 2019 19:19:59 GMT -7
Arlis Scott: Hello Everyone! Just came back from my trip to Utah. Wish I had been able to go down south and visit Chris and family, but couldn't do it this time. But go a twisted left ankle on the last day I was there, got wheel chair though all airports. Ha ha
Oct 13, 2019 11:47:18 GMT -7
Shimmerjet: hope the ankle is fixed up soon.
Oct 14, 2019 0:57:59 GMT -7
Thehotone4u2: Yikes! That's terrible Arlis! (I think!)
Oct 19, 2019 22:17:16 GMT -7
Rusholme: cheers everyone!
Oct 26, 2019 7:47:03 GMT -7
Shimmerjet: I have met and remet people from present and past lately, all good on all counts, all cult free, all happy, best live ever c
Oct 27, 2019 0:53:41 GMT -7
Thehotone4u2: I am surprised at the number of people I know that used to be JW! Crazy! All happy!
Oct 27, 2019 20:32:45 GMT -7
Thehotone4u2: Well I'm back to work y'all! Got a gig doing completions. I pays well and it's right up my alley.
Nov 7, 2019 19:57:51 GMT -7
Shimmerjet: hey mb x, and geeze hotone thought you retired?
Nov 8, 2019 22:05:25 GMT -7
Thehotone4u2: All my friends are dying! Putting another one in the ground next week.
Nov 12, 2019 23:16:16 GMT -7
friendlyjokster: Above, in Sept, I was looking for couple dozen Watchtower/Awake magazines. National HQ sent me to local. Local folks knocked on my door, gave me 1 copy each of 2 issues, and sent me back to National for bulk order. Oh well. Suggestions welcome! Thanks!
Nov 16, 2019 7:38:08 GMT -7