January 29th - my baptism date. Can you remember how you felt at your baptism?
I got baptised because my dad kept frightening me. He said I was old enough to make my own decisions (13!!!) and if Armageddon came tomorrow I would definitely die because I wasn't baptised.
I was also very self conscious and the idea of being in a swimsuit in front of loads of people petrified me. So when two older girls I knew were getting baptised (they were 16) I decided to just go and get it over with. At least I wouldn't be doing it alone and it would keep my dad quiet.
When I stood up to answer the questions, I knew I wasn't sure it was something I wanted to do. I felt nothing. I just wanted it to be over.
Two months later I was pioneering in the school holidays and I did that every school holiday until I was 16 and became a reg. pioneer.
The congregation overseer said 'I was storing treasures in heaven' and I thought I was.
It took me until May 2017 to finally get rid of the brain washing thanks to a lot of exJW videos, a psychologist, my lovely husband, Ray Franz's book and this wonderful forum. Team effort, huh? Just shows what it takes to break the spell the WT has over. you.
So what led you to your baptism?