I've been lurking for a while and since I really adore reading the biggest part of the posts, especially this italian ( american) guy about his experiences at Bethel in the 70's, I feel a little bit guilty for not participating with my contribute. I am really so sorry for the people that are suffering because of the Wts.
My story is a " happy ending " story, I married a Jw almost 30 years ago and I am here to tell that we are still very happy. She is very liberal and our 3 kids are " normal ". Till 2 weeks ago maybe I was convinced that being Catholic , Mormon or Jw was " almost " the same ( of course I did some research and came to another conclusion ).
It is not!!!! My father in law died 1 week ago because 2 years ago he refused a surgery ( bladder cancer ) with the risk of needing a blood tranfusion.
Afer his funeral we went to my wife's brother home where we had a meal with the other relatives ( also non jw's ) and there was a prayer to Jehovah. We looked at eachother ( the non jw's ) and I immagine we were thinking ; " how can you thank someone for taking away 5 years of your father's life ??"