that a couple from my old hall in Florida haven't been to any meetings in about 2 years. I was floored as the husband was an elder for a long time, the wife a pioneer. Nice quiet couple that you would never suspect to miss any meetings, let alone 2 years worth. I wonder if their blinders came off or if there are other reasons for not going. Their grown children still go though.
Just found out
makes you wonder doesnt it?
i talked to my parents last week, seems there are a few couples from our old hall that don't come anymore..some come sporatically but really blew my mind one couple that just do not come at all anymore. i asked if they were sure they still lived in the area and mom said yes, she has stopped by to see them a couple of times (about birds). i asked her if she or they mentioned the KH..she said nope.
(ex elder, father of a couple pioneers..used to be very busy in the "truth")
I think I'd be quite shocked/surprised too if any long-standing ones left. Are you curious to find out what the straw was 2 years ago?
I like to hear this kind of thing, gives me hope that my parents will one day wake up.
My husband and I have been in our hall for 27 yrs. In Jan06 I gave my last talk and never returned . I really wonder sometimes what they say about us. This past weekend I ran into an older sister at the grocery store she ran up and hugged me and asked where have we been ? I said" around", she asked if I was attending elsewhere and I politely said no . I gave no further explaination and said it was very nice to see her good bye. She said she hoped to see us at the hall again. Sorry I don't think so . Why is it if they really missed us or cared haven't they called or stopped over, we live in a very small town ? It just reinforces for me they really don't have love among themselves at all.
Sorry to be so blunt, but..................you found out what most of us found out. They don't contact you because THEY DON'T CARE.
We were in our hall just over 20 years and no one cares.
Post a problem you are having on JDW and guess what.............THEY DO CARE. These old evil apostates care and they even send you p.m.'s.
I find it amazing to hear about how many are leaving. It really makes you wonder, especially about who's actually left still going to the meetings.
The majority of those that are leaving are the youth, they are walking out the doors in huge packs.
I remember once hearing a 'Bethel' speaker getting irrated about how the youngs ones are leaving. He mentioned that if they 'dont want the truth then they can just go out on their merry way'. Yeah, believe it all or get out. What an encouraging message.
Lots of elders and pioneers left the JWs after realising that they were being subtly deceived and manipulated so these two could be among them. In addition any decent elders tend to get marginalised by the more aggressive self seeking ones.
This is happening more and more alright!! Once you find out the "truth"about what is really going on, it is nearly impossible to continue faking it. For those that have to for the sake of family and friends, I admire your strength. But most tire of it and cannot do it anymore.
I was justing thinking about an incident that happened with this brother. His son actually took my son out drinking one night, we had a hard time waking him up so we called this brother to ask him to find out if it was more than booze that the boys had. This brother (an elder then) was so upset that his son did this that he stepped down as elder. The BOE tried to convince him that one incident doesn't mean he's a bad father or elder but he insisted in order to keep the congregation clean. Very humble man, probably why he's not going to meetings anymore. It seems like the power hungry, lord it over the flock types never see the truth about "the truth."