I made a very quick exit.
I had been questioning the WT teachings for a few months and was confused about whether I wanted to leave or not. My husband and I were in almost 12 years and raised two kids up in it. He was a MS and me a pioneer.
I had been praying to God to help me make the right decision about what to do. If I was in the true religion I wanted him to reveal it to me. And if not, I wanted to know as well. However, I knew if I tried to leave my husband may walk out on me and leave me with two kids to support and no job at the time. Needless to say I was under a lot of stress. I literally prayed the same prayer once in the morning and once at night and that was asking, no pleading, to know if this religion was true or not. I even asked Jehovah to forgive me if I was wrong but I wanted to ask Jesus directly for help. I was so scared when I did this I was completely shaking.
Anyway, still not knowing what to do after a few weeks of prayer, I went to the hall one sunday with hubby and the kids for the meeting. During the WT study I had an experience I can only call a spiritual epiphany of sorts. I looked around at the group there and had an overwelming feeling that I did not belong there. I knew instantly I was in a cult and I became fearful! All my confusion cleared up and I knew I had to get myself and my kids out of the witnesses no matter what.
It was such a profound experience I still cannot really explain it. I came sooo close to standing up and announcing to the whole congregation that we are all in a cult. My husband turned and saw I was getting totally anxious. I felt like I had to RUN out of the hall, I was so overwelmed by emotions I got up and left. I went and sat in the car for the hour.
When my husband came out with the kids, he got in the car and I told him I made a decision and that was not to attend any more meetings at the kingdom hall.
That night I wrote my DA letter and dropped it off a few days later. I simply placed it in the mailbox of the KH. It was 10 pages long with lots of scriptures. I told the elders not to bother coming by unless it was to prove to me scripturally that my position was incorrect. They never came by.
My husband thought for sure I had a breakdown. But you know what? I felt great as soon as I handed in my letter. I never looked back, it was that swift. I was very sure I made the right decision.
It was hard for a few months, my hubby tried everything to get me to change my mind including pleading, begging and threatening to leave me. I stood my ground even when he would not listen to me at all. I stayed calm even when he was yelling and did not let him persuade me to go back.
He did read my letter and look up the scriptures but didn't do anything right away. He did finally leave a few months later. His reason? He said that although he kept attending meetings and the elders knew I Da'd and the kids weren't there, they seemed afraid to approach him in any way. They never called him in the back to ask him what happened or asked how he was doing, etc. He felt in his heart that scripturally they probably did not have a leg to stand on and were afraid to even try so they just totally ignored him, even though He hadn't done anything wrong. That sealed it for him, and he came home one thursday night from the meeting and told me he was never going back.
This happened almost 7 years ago. Peace, Lilly