I left the religion back in the early 2000's, tell you the truth it's been so long now I've been out I don't remember exactly when I left. I definitely used this site a lot when I first left and it was a great asset. When I left I somehow managed to get my parents to come with me. In the last year because they were having a really hard time adjusting to life outside of being a JW (hard time making friends and fitting in with 'normal' society) they decided to go back.
Now they are coming around to my new family trying to convince myself, my wife and kids to join. They keep trying to sell me this story that everything is different now, that I wouldn't recognize the religion if I came back, I hear stories like all the old elders that were authoritarian and controlling were removed, DF'ing is rarely used anymore and it's so much easier to come back. They say many people don't take it seriously anymore (that part I believe). Is this just a local phonoma contained to my parents congregation (Florida area)? Has anyone heard of such things happening in the organization?
Since I left has there really been any major changes? I just want to get back up to speed. I used the 607 B.C.E thing which worked with my dad back in the day, but I guess they are publically admitting that historians don't support that date now and have some convoluted explanation that seem to work for him on this issue.