I joined this site about 4 years ago and life was very different to say the least.
I was a JW and started the process of 'waking up' after experiencing life threatening blood loss due to complications of a pregnancy. I was married with two kids (husband was an MS) and was a stay-at-home mom. We were a model witness family. Eventually I came out to my family as a non-believer and things got very difficult for me. My controlling ex-husband became abusive and it became apparent that I could no longer stay in the marriage. I found a job, started saving, little by little, and within 7 months I had enough money to leave my ex. I made all the arrangements to move out, when everything was set, I took my kids and left. Time went on and although I felt like I disassociated myself as the 'truth' no longer had any psychological hold on me, I did not feel it necessary to make the political statement of disassociating myself. The witch hunt to get rid of me was on. At the sitting of signing my separation agreement, my ex thought it was a good idea to bring two elders along. we signed the papers, and then the elders started 'talking to me'. I wasn't in the mood for debate, and frankly their 'logic' made no sense to me and I was in a rush to leave. They asked me how I feel about holidays and birthdays. I said to them that I can see that they are looking for a reason to get rid of me and I really didn't care. I told them that I plan on celebrating kwanza, hannukah, christmas, new years, the chinese new years, ramadan, halloween and every other holiday. I left that 'meeting' with my blood boiling. A few weeks letter, a letter came in the mail stating that a judicial committee will be held. I didn't go, I did not see a point. A week later these two lovely elders that were present at the signing of my separation agreement stopped by and told me that I was now disfellowshiped. This was about 2 years ago now....my story is long and I will share it on here one day when I am ready. I am happy to provide my perspective to anyone who may feel like they are trapped, I was after all, a stay-at-home-mom, dependent on my ex in every way.
Back to what I am curious about...just wanted to provide you with a snipit of my story before I open this up.
I have been wondering lately, can a baptism as a JW be annulled?
When I was a JW I have seen children as young as 6 get baptised...how can they possibly be making an informed decision?
In my case, I was not aware of the details with regards to shunning of DF individuals. I was under the impression that the shunning did not apply to family members. It wasn't until I was in my early 20s that I found out that this was the case and by this point I was a JW for 4 years.
In the legal world, if parties are not aware of what they are consenting to, the contract can be broken. There could be various arguments constructed here and I have been thinking about this for several days now. Does anyone know if it is possible to annul a baptism?