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True Stories relating to individuals who have or had a connection with Jehovah’s Witnesses and its impact on their lives.

Everything I Believed Was Wrong

The following was a letter sent by an ex-Jehovah's Witness to three elders who presided over the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses that he...

Forced Worship

This is a letter, Jason Wade* wrote to his father shortly after being told by his dad that he would never speak to him again...

And What Happened Next Was Simply Unbelievable!

I always sit in the same spot, just outside Starbucks in a vestibule area with a table in the air-conditioned space. I say "always,"...

PIMO – Physically In / Mentally Out

Update March 21 2020: The submitter of this story contacted AvoidJW today to inform us that he recently stepped down as an elder to...

When My Parents Won’t Answer My Calls: Shunning and Coronavirus

I’ve tried to call my mother twice since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. The first time was about a week ago, and it was late....

A Response to Grandad

The following transcript is taken from Facebook. It is a brief conversation via Private Message between a child and grandad. The grandad and his...

What If? My Daughter’s Story

I was a Mormon and quite discouraged with my faith because of the abuse I had suffered as a child. So, I had been agnostic...

Shunning the Shunning

A 3 Day "Remain Loyal to Jehovah" Regional Convention of Jehovah's Witnesses took place in Ghana over the weekend of August 12 - 14th 2016. One Jehovah's...

Waking Up Ghana

Waking Up Ghana is one Ghanaian elder's story of escaping the cult of Jehovah's Witnesses. He provides an insightful look into the Jehovah's Witnesses judicial system. He highlights its flaws and weaknesses. He gives reader's an understanding of how such a fallacious system lays the groundwork for exposing the religion for what it truly is.

Meeting the Mormons

The local Starbucks has been quite a nexus for encounters with Jehovah's Witnesses. I was strolling outside the coffee shop to take a phone call...

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