Hi Guys and Gals -
I'm yet another Ex JW from New Zealand. I was brought up as one, along with other members of our large family.
I was baptised at 10, DF'd at the age of 16, and reinstated when I was about 30.
Around the age of 35, I started really looking into religions and found that there were many things about our founder that were not quite in line with an anointed "channel of God". I wrote a letter to my JW elder brother in law, who replied with "we're none of us perfect, we all make mistakes, and this religion is the closest thing to the truth...blah blah" So I hung in there for a bit longer, but other little and big things made me just throw up my hands in disgust.
One day I had a the wife of the circuit overseer (who was actually a close personal friend during my childhood) and her sidekick come to visit. Ah I thought, here's my chance to get some answers, or at least have a discussion. So, she says, she is 'concerned' at why I haven't been attending the meetings recently. My answer was that "I had found out some things about the Witnesses that really upset me". Her answer? She immediately got up and says "Well thank you for the tea, we'd better be going now". With that, she and her friend made a hasty exit. I never saw them again.
I was dumbfounded. How blind can you be?
Anyway I have lots of little experiences and stories, will be happy to relate them in due course!