Thanks for such a warm welcome, maybe we could teach this to many in the congregations lol.
Hey there uncle bruce, where in South Australia are you from? I lived there for a bout a year. I actually met my ex at the District Convention there when i was visiting.
Have any of you watched "The Village" i was thinking of gettting many copies and sending them out to the elders.
I guess i will tell you a bit of my story, i was very naive in the truth, my father (elder) hardly ever studied with us so i dont actually know alot even though i was in in until i turned 23. My father wasnt and still isnt a very understanding father, he wasnt one of those fathers who let my brother and I choose if we wanted to be a jw, it was just expected of us.
As we grow older my dad was always checking up on us when we were out with fellow brother's and sister's (of course we were never allowed to associated with "worldy people). My mobile would ring every 20 mins to see what I was up to, as our behaviour would look bad on his eldership.
I once stayed at a sister's house she only had a double bed so i shared with her, when my dad found this out he accused me of being a lesbian.
I guess my faith started weaing when after I finished High School i decided to become a full time pioneer. I put my application in but during the time it was sent off and approved, the docs thought my dad had cancer so i went out and got a job to help support the family.
My father rang the elders and told them this and asked them not to announce my becoming a pioneer until we knew more. That night they announced it at the meeting ( I wasnt even there). The next meeting I was at i was with all my friends talking, and the whole entire body of elders walked up to me and ask if i would accompany them to the second school. I walked in they shut the doors and all the curtains......i was about to be interegated. They said how i made them look bad by announcing my appointment as a pioneer and now i wouldnt be pioneering. They told me satan is going to try and get to me every way he can when i go to work and rub with people in the world.
Sorry guys must dash will finish my story very soon
hope to hear from people and there stories