I left the JW 15 years ago, just before my 19th (non-)anniversary. My brother was the first, but eventually the rest of the familly followed suit.
Turns out that a failed "post JW" relationship convinced my mother to go back. I don't mind really, I don't hold any grudge against the JW and so far she doesn't seem to want to respect my shunning (if I am indeed shunned... I became inactive, and never heard of the JW again... I must be, but it's beside the point right now)
When I was still in there, the end of time was coming FAST. The last few "witnesses" of WWI were about to die, Russia was still the King to the North, etc.
So whats up with this? I won't ask my mom, as she is vague on the subject and hides behind "new revelations" made to the head honchos. When will it come these days, and what do they look for? How do they explain the Nortern King now?
I gathered from that Obama might be the one who declare the end of religions, so that takes care of that, but what about the rest?
And no, I wont open a Watchtower to know :) I tried, oh fsm did I try!
Also... I tried to find the answer by digging around here but I didn't anything. What I found is this : I am from Quebec (Canada), and apparently being a JW isn't the same as what American ex-JW seem to describe.
It seem that I have experienced a much softer approach to things like shunning (or example). Everything boiled down to a "Question of Conscience" and many JW were openly interactign with ex-JW. That might be why my mom doesn't have a problem with it (even though I'd be the one shunning HER if she ever talks about religion with my kids, and she knows that I have no qualm doing it)