Welcome, Brandon and Stephanie! Great story!
Yes, thinking is indeed a dangerous thing among the dubs. Sometimes my wife or I would ask a question and get a response like "Just trust what the WTS says... you don't think you're smarter than those spiritual men at Bethel, do you?"
Here are some of my favorite quotes in the WTS pubs regarding "thinking" for yourself:
*** w83 1/15 p. 27 Armed for the Fight Against Wicked Spirits ***
there are some who point out that the organization has had to make adjustments before, and so they argue: "This shows that we have to make up our own mind on what to believe." This is independent thinking. Why is it so dangerous?
*** w89 9/15 p. 23 Be Obedient to Those Taking the Lead ***
independent thinking does not prevail in God’s organization, and we have sound reasons for confidence in the men taking the lead among us.
*** w67 6/1 p. 338 Move Ahead with Jehovah’s Organization ***
in Jehovah’s organization it is not necessary to spend a lot of time and energy in research, for there are brothers in the organization who are assigned to do that very thing
*** w83 1/15 p. 22 Exposing the Devil’s Subtle Designs ***
How is such independent thinking manifested? A common way is by questioning the counsel that is provided by God’s visible organization.