I didn’t really care about things like wrong doctrine or failed dates from the past. I would just brush it off as the organization making human errors and the “light getting brighter”. I also figured if Jesus said he would judge the faithful and discreet slave in his return this meant that they could make mistakes and have room for errors and imperfection. Funny how we JW’S will go so far to defend the WT organization. I figured as long as we have it right NOW, it’s ok. Until the day I found out we don’t. One night my husband showed me a crazy explanation for Ezekiel 4:15-16 from the book Finished Mystery (pg # 697 text version) which “prophesized” that God would separate Russell from his wife and that he was not to mourn his wife, but rather remain in his service to God in the temple. This was by far the craziest thing I had ever heard, and it seems this book is full of it. Then he showed me how the WT book Revelation mentions this book as one that denounced false religion….how ironic. This disturbed me so I wanted to look further to see if any new publication spoke well about this book. I found an article from the March 2016 WT magazine which mentions this book “strengthened god’s people”. That was it for me….
Let me just say that nobody comes to the conclusion that this is not the truth in the same fashion. Everyone is affected by something different and you gotta find what that something is…..regardless here are some things my husband did that definitely worked! 1. He did not show me any “apostate” material -though he would study it before hand and bring new “doubt” topics to me every night! My naïve self thought it was all coming from his head. ☺ 2. He never criticized or put down the organization, GB, elders, etc. Very important since one is so sensitive to that subject when you believe they are directed by Jehovah. 3. Even though we would definitely get into some arguments sometimes he never disrespected my beliefs. We always spoke very truthfully and honestly to each other. …even if it hurt…through tears and sorrow. It's good for both of you to let it all out, in a respectful manner. I knew I couldn’t help his “situation” but I had to tell him how I felt about it and vise versa with him. 4. He always came about his doubts in a very humble manner. He wouldn’t come to me with a definite answer - “I researched this and found out it's not the truth because blah blah blah. …” instead he came with lots of questions and let me think for my own. Yeah in the end he would give his own opinion on the matter, but this inquisitive approach was the best and I believe the only way to go. In short my husband “converted” me in a matter of 3 months. He never gave up and I don't think he ever would have no matter how long it took. I realize this is a very optimistic experience and unfortunately it does not happen this fast usually. But I still wanted to share my story to encourage those of you out there with a spouse still in “the truth”. I hope the best for you all, and I hope you all still keep your faith in God. I may be lost in regards to my beliefs right now but one thing I know for sure is that there is a God and he will bring “GB” to justice for screwing with so many people’s minds and lives….whether they do it knowingly or not.