My wife came through the sliding doors carrying a letter in her hand. “This just came for you. Looks like it’s from your father. It’s marked ‘Personal.’ I wonder why he would send you a letter like that?”
She was right. Dad never wrote letters to me or anyone. Mom did. He rarely called me on the phone. Mom did. This was totally out of character for him. Holding the envelope in my hand, my first thoughts were that maybe my mother was ill, or that Dad needed money, or he was trying to tell me something he found very uncomfortable discussing (like he was when he told me about “the birds and bees”). So I took a deep breath and opened the envelope…
Introducing Terry Walstrom, an accomplished commentator on the current state of affairs within the Jehovah’s Witness religion. This adaptation of one of his recent forum posts highlights the often unfortunate reality of listening to, and believing in, what the Watchtower organization teaches and promotes. Terry spent 20 years as an active Jehovah’s Witness, but ultimately found his years of dedicated effort and hopes for a better future totally fruitless. Read his interesting take on what it’s like for an ex-Witness to meet face to face with a current member.
Part 1 of Mad Sweeney’s two part series on ‘The Watchtower, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Education.” Although this article is a fictional recreation of many real life stories, it is accurate in its details about the decisions that many young JWs were forced to make in the years prior to 1975.
Would they continue their education, learn a profession or technical skill and prepare for the rest of their lives? Or would they follow the Watchtower’s advice and prepare for Armageddon? For many older JWs, the choices that they made between 1968 and 1975 have forever established their adult lifestyles – many living on the edge with limited resources, no medical insurance, and few retirement funds.