A few months ago, one of my best friends from uni times told me that his girlfriend of something like 20 years was leaving him. Why? She can't live with a non-believer...she wants to be a baptised JW.
I couldn't believe this crap is happening again.
Turns out she grew up in a JW family, but parents separated when she was about 8 years or so. Mum left the cult, Dad emigrated with the older kids overseas, leaving behind a huge tax debt he never paid off and never paying anything for his daughter who stayed with Mum. Today he's a spirited-appointed elder of course, married with a True Believer(tm), and doing extremely well financially with his own company.
Now, after a very long time of no contact at all, the family briefly reunited for a funeral.
All of a sudden, she wants her lost family back, suddenly refuses to have any contact with her "apostate" mother (calling the stepmother she never met until recently her "real mum"!) and is becoming the most fervent JW you could possibly imagine. It's like something went "click" in her head. Dropped out of studying for a science degree and now "debunks" evolution at the slightest provocation. Used to arrange parties for anything from Christmas to Halloween, now tells anyone in sight how Christmas is a pagan ritual she doesn't even want to hear about. Used to be interested in sports, going to the movies, whatever, now spends all her time "studying", going to meetings, and knocking on doors.
I'm glad my friend has now found someone else and it seems to work out fine. But I'm still struggling to understand how quickly someone can change from Jekyll to Hyde...sure, it was probably always somewhere in the back of her mind...but it's spooky anyway.
After my own experience with this bizarre cult more than 10 years ago, I thought it wouldn't enter my life again...but there you go. Fortunately, I'm a little wiser today, so I'm definitely not trying to talk her out of it and will just leave her alone. After all, we're all grown ups and entitled to making idiotic choices in life.
(BTW, I was registered on JWD back then, no idea what my username was...but I still fondly remember some of the great people active in the day, like the crazy Norwegians JanH and Kent, and of course Farkel...)