I was baptized at 14 and finally had enough at 50 years old. I tried my best but being in Jehovah Land you are never good enough. I'll be honest in rating myself: from a low score of 1-10.
Donations: 2.....donated around $80 a year...our Kingdom Hall paid for too many remodels and always paid for C.O. & P.O. expenses...Hands always went up except mine when any money was to be spent for any project...never agreed with donating any more money since it was never a secret vote.
Ministry School : 3...gave # 3 talks but never went beyond that...hated public speaking and being critiqued
Field Service : 3...hated field service. hated ringing doorbells at 9:00 a.m. and handing out Awake and Watchtower magazines...never more than 8 hours per month...never had any pleasure in this activity
Answering at book study and Watchtower meetings : 3...being introverted, never enjoyed speaking in front of people
Attendance: 7...never missed any meeting, assembly...started to miss meetings the last 5 years as I became convinced this wasn't the ''truth''
Listening to music,watching movies : 3...I went to any movie I wanted to see...I went to many Heavy Metal shows...these old fools in New York didn't understand this music and I would never expect them to....music is between the ears...never understood why Metal music gets a bad rap..you like violins,I like loud guitars
Smoking, Drinking, Swearing : 10....never smoked, didn't drink any alcohol, or swore...I think I would of done the same as a non-Jehovah Witness...it's just who I am
Dating : 1....I met a non-Jehovah's Witness while baptized...she tried studying but never believed this was for her..she became my wife and we're still married to this day...had meetings with elders who tried to talk me out of dating a '' worldly person''...had members who refused to attend my wedding...my Witness brother refused to stand up in bridal party...went to meetings all by myself, my wife and I had no problems with me being a Jehovah's Witness...only problem we ever has was deciding what religion they would be taught..we decided that our children would decide for themselves after they left home