|Contributed by Christian Sparlock Freedom|
My story is a bit personal, but it's time that I shared it. I was not raised in the organization, called the Watchtower Society, but a friend I went to school with was raised as a Jehovah's Witness and he had only just been baptized, when he invited me to a meeting. I was age eighteen years and I attended the Jehovah's Witnesses' Kingdom Hall every week, genuinely believing that it was the truth. I was even having a study with the aforementioned brother, with whom I went to school. I began to make all the changes and put on the 'new personality,' accomplishing this in a short period of time.
I quit college, which was a big mistake...until I was told that I had to disassociate with my 'worldly friends.' It took me a long time to decide, but it was a no-brainer. I valued my 'worldly friends' more than Jehovah's Witnesses. Another thing I disagreed with was disfellowshipping. Someone was disfellowshipped in my congregation and I thought the way he was treated was unchristian. I did some research, and was shocked about the testimonies of former Jehovah's Witnesses. I concluded that thousands of Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses can't be wrong and they left for a valid reason. In 2012, I told my friend that I no longer wanted anything to do with the Watchtower Society of Jehovah's Witnesses. This was the hardest thing I ever had to do, as it meant that our friendship was terminated.
Now, he completely ignores me on the street. I get a mixed reaction from most witnesses on the street, but for the most part, they shun me, just because my beliefs are different. However, I am happy. I went back to college, and I am now a straight A student, and will be going to University in September. Also, I now have a wonderful girlfriend who makes me happier than what the Watchtower Society ever could. I don't care what the Jehovah's Witnesses would say about that, because I'm happy and that's all that matters.