Ruley -To other commenters - no my Study Conductor has not tried to separate me from any non-JW family members - and I don't really have any JW friends either.
Just wait and see how this all changes if you get baptised.
I only talk to my congregation buddies at meetings, I don't hang out with them outside of meetings as most are older and have families.
Let me ask you some serious questions.
How would you know if you were in a cult?
If you decided the Watchtower corporation was not for you, how would your 'buddies at meetings' respond? Would they still talk to you or drop you like hot cakes?
Welcome, by the way. Please keep researching and asking questions.
PS. I am a former elder, born in that woke up from what the 'truth' really is and ran like the clappers away from the corporation.
And what makes those 7 men different from other heads of organised religion?
Nothing...and that is the biggest problem of all.