Jehovah's Witness Convert

Lou Everett, Jr.

Lou Everett was one of Jehovah's Witnesses for more than 14 years. During that time, he served as a full-time minister as well as other major roles within the congregation. Lou's journey to the Catholic Church was truly a rough road traveled.

From Jehovah's Witnesses to Catholicism: My Journey

In 2005, I find myself inside a Catholic church for midnight mass. My future wife, born and raised in the Catholic Church, by my side; silently showing me something that I never thought I'd see or feel. At the age of 31, a realization set in that I never would have expected to occur – thus begins another part of my journey to the Church, my home.

Peering back into my childhood, I realize that my journey actually began as a child. My father was in the military so our family traveled around quite a bit. I was born in San Francisco, California while my father was stationed there in the Army in 1974. Both of my parents are 'cradle' Catholics and had very different experiences with the Catholic Church. Throughout the various moves from place to place, my parents were contacted by Jehovah's Witnesses. Their message seemed to touch my parents enough to eventually become baptized in 1984 as Jehovah's Witnesses.

Growing up as one of Jehovah's Witnesses was difficult at times, however also very rewarding. As a child I felt a part of something much larger than myself, than the world, than my parents. I felt a part of an organization that seemed to truly care for me and my family, a part of an organization that was teaching me 'the truth'. Standing up for my beliefs as one of Jehovah's Witnesses made me feel good inside, knowing that I was being loyal to my God. At a very young age I began to give 'talks' (sermons) in front of the congregation – quickly learning scripture. My heart was drawn to go out publically from door-to-door preaching this 'good news' that I was learning. I just loved meeting new people and teaching them things that God was teaching me! Thus, in 1987, at the age of 13, I was baptized as an ordained minister in the Watchtower organization as one of Jehovah's Witnesses.

As we all know, the teenage years are a difficult time regardless of one's religious views. Mine were no exception, by any means. Inquisitive as most at my age, I began to question many of my beliefs and what I was taught up until then. Questions like, 'How do we know that the Watchtower Society, Jehovah's Witnesses, is the only true religion?', 'Why is it that the history of Jehovah's Witnesses only goes back so far, thus creating a huge gap in the connection to the apostles?'. These and many other questions began to truly eat away inside me at a very young age. The difficulty with having such questions as one of Jehovah's Witnesses, is that a person who begins to ask such questions is then 'marked' as 'bad association', or even reprimanded for questioning the 'Organization'. So I held all these questions, along with many more concerns I had, deep inside.

Feeling that I had nowhere to go, I turned to drugs and alcohol at the age of 15 – spinning my life out of control for a good year. I began to completely withdraw from the 'Organization', from my friends, and more importantly from God. I began to self-medicate, hoping all of the questions would be answered. Fortunately, I had a good enough relationship with my parents to be able to come to them with this drug issue I had created for myself. I truly desired to get back in the good graces of my God and my family. With that, it is common practice as one of Jehovah's Witnesses to confess things like this to the 'Elders' of the congregation. With the encouragement of my parents, I did so – resulting in what is called 'Private Reproof'. This disciplinary action limits my responsibilities in the congregation, including praying publically, reading scripture in front of the congregation, and giving 'talks' (sermons). While I understood the discipline, I was truly distraught knowing I could not serve my congregation. However, I took this time to try and strengthen my relationship with God and my family. Fortunately, I was able to overcome my battle with drug abuse and my responsibilities in the congregation were restored.

Over the next several years, I dedicated myself to the 'organization' by becoming a 'Full-time Pioneer' (minister) at the age of 18, was appointed a 'Ministerial Servant' (Deacon) in my 20's, and had many responsibilities in the congregation. Through it all, however, there seemed like something was missing – an emptiness of sorts. This feeling always concerned me, as I feared telling anyone about it, so I prayed about it constantly hoping for an answer.

In 1994, I married a sweet Jehovah's Witness woman whose desire to serve seemed to match mine. We both served the congregation as much as we could in the ministry. We met so many wonderful people and gained so much joy in service! A couple of years later, in 1996, we gave birth to a beautiful son who just lit up our world. However, that empty feeling, that hole, still existed within me – once again leaving me confused. So many questions were still in my heart that just didn't seem to have any plausible answers. It was the birth of my son that helped me to make a decision that changed my life forever.

Realization set in with me that I needed to do something with this feeling, with these questions that have haunted me for years. I decided to take a break from my responsibilities in the congregation for a while and focus on research-biblical and historical research. This is when I began to totally engulf myself in nothing but the Bible and its history. I stopped attending the meetings at the Kingdom Hall (church), and prayed harder than I have ever prayed – praying that God would guide me in the right direction and fill this emptiness inside of me. This break did not come welcome by the elders in my congregation.

One morning I received a call from an Elder of our congregation, a dear friend of mine. It also happens that he was serving at 'Bethel' (Watchtower headquarters in New York). He expressed his concern for me and my spirituality and offered to help me in any way he could, and offered to come visit my home. Of course, I understood his concern for my spirituality because I was concerned about it myself. I accepted his offer to come visit. This visit was a pivotal point in my journey.

The day came for my long-awaited visit from my friend! I was very excited to see him! Initially we sat and chatted about some lost time, drank some coffee, and just enjoyed the company of one another. The subject then switched to me and my spirituality. I expressed my feelings and my questions but also my fear of sharing those because I didn't want any negative recourse as a result. He seemed to understand and offered to be my sound-board and wanted to help answer any concerns I had, in hopes to strengthen me. This was a relief for me! I then began to let it all out and express every concern I had and explained that I had this empty feeling inside for years. We discussed scripture, and discussed apparent conflicts between scripture and the teachings of the Watchtower Society. He listened to everything I was feeling! This was a load of my shoulders! I thanked him for visiting, we hugged, and he left. This was the last time I spoke with or saw him again.

A week later I received a phone call from another Elder informing me that, because of my views, they have decided to 'disassociate' (ex-communicate) me from the organization. He stated that because of the questions, concerns, and views that I expressed to my Elder friend, that I made it clear that I no longer wanted to be one of Jehovah's Witnesses. This decision on the part of the Elders devastated me! By disassociating me from the organization, this would mean that my parents, brother, sister, and all of my friends (ones I have known since I was a child) were no longer allowed to speak to me nor visit with me at any time. That empty feeling, that hole, just got larger – so large I felt that I had no one. I was spiritually alone – desolate.

Over the next several years, I became angry at religion as a whole – in particular Jehovah's Witnesses and organized religion. I dabbled in paganism, Hinduism, Buddhism, agnosticism, and eventually just gave up and began feeling there was no God and began to study Atheism. Attempting to fill this hole, this empty feeling, just made it larger and larger.

In 1999, a beautiful baby girl was added to our family and she added so much joy to my life! So now I sat back and saw this picture: I had a nice home, married, I had two beautiful children, and I was alive. So why was I so unhappy? Why did I still have this empty hole inside? I couldn't understand it, and began to give up. This turned me angry and resentful. I began to drink alcohol heavily and dabble in marijuana. I joined a metal-rock band and became part of the music scene – all in hopes of filling this void. As happens many times due to behavior like this, my marriage fell apart, and in 2004 I found myself divorced, and living by myself and seeing my children every other weekend. It was all gone. I was empty and alone.

In March of 2005, I met a woman named Sherri who would change my life. It seemed as though her and I had similar interests, so we began dating. Very quickly one could see that she was deeply inclined toward God. While she didn't talk much about her religious beliefs, she showed it in almost everything she did. I couldn't help but start a discussion on religion with her, as she intrigued me. She told me that she was Catholic! I think to myself: "Of all religions, she HAD to be Catholic!" (This feeling coming from my roots as one of Jehovah's Witnesses, since they are extremely anti-Catholic.)

However, after getting to know Sherri, I fell in love and proposed marriage. Being that she is Catholic, I found myself going along with her through the Pre-Cana program to get married in the Catholic Church. Again, I wasn't too sure about this, but it made Sherri happy and that's what I wanted. But, I have to admit, I was extremely curious how this all works.

From the first meeting we had with our Priest, Father Toomey, I was truly impressed by him! He shared with me his journey to the priesthood and had extensive discussions with me on my views and my experiences with Jehovah's Witnesses. I couldn't believe that he didn't judge me for my questions, my concerns, and the expression of that empty hole I have inside! He just listened, smiled, and truly understood! At one of our discussions, Father Toomey said that he wanted to give me a gift because he thought I would enjoy it. He handed me a book entitled, The Teaching of Christ – A Catholic Catechism for Adults. He said, "You may not decide to read it right away, and that's okay. But I thought of you and wanted you to have it." I accepted this book as a kind gesture. When I got home, I placed it in my night stand and forgot about it – but only for a while.

With Christmas around the corner, I was getting excited to spend it with Sherri. Sherri mentioned to me that she wanted to go to midnight mass on Christmas Eve and would like for me to go with her. At first, I was taken back with hesitation because I had such a disdain for organized religion at this point. I didn't want to disappoint Sherri, so I accepted this invitation. While it was difficult for me at the time, I admitted to Sherri that this event was one of the most inspiring things I have ever encountered!

In December of 2006, Sherri and I were married at St. Matthews Catholic Church and it was an amazing day! Our journey brought us there that day and Father Toomey performed the ceremony just exquisitely. Little did I know that another part of my journey was about to begin.

One night, in 2009, while out with friends, I got so intoxicated with alcohol that I passed out while walking, fell and hit my head, causing me to have a Grade 3 concussion. The doctors told me I was lucky to be alive, as my blood alcohol level was 1.11 when they measured it the morning AFTER the accident! The weeks of recovery following my accident were very reflective. Under doctors' orders to stay put and not do too much moving around, I had a lot of time on my hands. I remember sitting on my couch wondering what I was going to do with this time. I began to ponder on my relationship with Sherri, and just how blessed I was to have such an amazing partner who was sticking by me, regardless of where I was going. I pondered on how much she trusted in her God, and how deeply she felt about her faith, and just how much I yearned for that. It was at that moment that I remembered the book that Father Toomey gave to me as a gift over three years earlier. I just had to find it! I just had to read it!

As I began to read this book, it was as if there was something inside of me beginning to sew up that empty space. The words turned into pictures, and pictures turned into feelings, and feelings turned into faith. Learning of this capital 'T' Tradition of the Church and the apostolic succession just completely overwhelmed me. I was drawn to learn more! I expressed to Sherri the desire to attend church with her because of what I was reading. I know just how happy she was for this! As I began to go to and observe the Mass, an indescribable feeling began to take hold of me. That empty feeling; that hollow hole began to be filled. Realization set in that, every single time I was at Mass, I was in the presence of something so much higher than me yet could feel the yearning for His want for me to be closer. There was no other place I would rather be!

In researching how to become part of the Church, I came across information on the RCIA program and just HAD to do it. What an amazing and insightful journey! I completed the RCIA program, and was welcomed into the Church on Easter Vigil 2010! Being able to take in the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ through the Eucharist is a moment that cannot be expressed into words. I just thank my God for guiding me along on this journey and helping me see His face through so many people and events throughout my life! I currently serve as a Eucharist Minister in our local parish, which amazes me every time I serve. Coming out of an organization that attempted to limit my access to God, and into His one true Church where He exists and is freely and readily available, fills that empty place I carried inside for years! Thanks be to God!

Lou is currently in the process of spreading his conversion story in hopes of reaching others with a similar background as Jehovah's Witnesses. Visit his website at www.ourcatholicconversion.com.

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52 comments

  • Comment Link TheresaEH Wednesday, 15 February 2012 18:48 posted by TheresaEH

    do you have any titles of JW publications that I could get from the library that would show that JW's are very anti Catholic? Also some info on why JW's call our Lord "Jehovah"
    thankyou.

  • Comment Link Victor Claveau Thursday, 16 February 2012 21:26 posted by Victor Claveau

    Theresa,
    For information on the history and teachings of the Watchtower Society from a Catholic perspective go to:
    http://www.victorclaveau.com/Pamphlets/free_downloadable_pamphlets.htm#Cults_ There are 13 free tri-fold pamphlets available.

  • Comment Link A. Gabe Saturday, 18 February 2012 15:38 posted by A. Gabe

    I always feel sorry for my relatives who are 7th day adventists; the head of the household walked out on Catholicism many, many years ago and took his family down that hill with him, all the way to great grandchildren. How sad that they all miss the true mark now. . .

  • Comment Link Paula Saturday, 18 February 2012 18:57 posted by Paula

    I was just curious as to how you could be married in the Catholic Church when you had already married in 1994 and also had two children. Was your first marriage not considered as a valid marriage in the eyes of the Catholic Church? What has happened to your two children? Did you have to get an annulment from your first wife?

    Thank you.

  • Comment Link rosebysea Saturday, 18 February 2012 18:58 posted by rosebysea

    I love reading these stories. In spite of all that is going on in this world around us. God is working through each of us, bringing us home to His Church. Welcome back Lou!

  • Comment Link DENISE Sunday, 19 February 2012 03:28 posted by DENISE

    THANK YOU FOR SUCH A WONDERFUL STORY. SO WELL WRITTEN. I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU AND YOUR WIFE. I CAN ONLY IMAGINE HOW HAPPY SHE WAS THE DAY YOU CAME INTO THE CHURCH. I WAS AWAY FROM THE CHURCH FOR MANY YEARS, BUT CAME BACK ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO. I UNDERSTAND THE HOLE YOU HAD, AND HOW BEING A PART OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH FILLED THAT HOLE. MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND BE WITH YOU AS YOU SPREAD YOUR STORY AND HOPEFULLY HELP SO MANY OTHERS WHO ARE SEARCHING.

  • Comment Link Pat Chan Sunday, 19 February 2012 06:17 posted by Pat Chan

    I do pray that all that do have this hole will finally have it filled in
    there is no other place we will truly find our God but in our Catholic
    Church.

  • Comment Link Mary Kochan Sunday, 19 February 2012 16:36 posted by Mary Kochan

    Hi, Lou! Great to know about you. I also am a convert from the JWs. I left in 1993 and entered the Catholic Church in 1996. I am the editor-in-chief of the Catholic Lane (http://catholiclane.com). Sometimes I have to pinch myself! A third-generation JW in charge of an online Catholic magazine -- God is so full of surprises. I'd love for you to contact me.

    My friend, Jeffery Schwehm, is the founder of The Fellowship of Catholic Ex-JWs. You can find them online here: http://www.catholicxjw.com/ They have a message board to give support to ex-JWs who are making their way into the Catholic Church and Catholics who have family members in the JWs.

    Everyone, please pray for JWs -- unless you have been in there, you just have no idea how dark and unhappy it is in that organization.

  • Comment Link Lou Everett Sunday, 19 February 2012 21:48 posted by Lou Everett

    @Paula. Thank you for your questions! As for my first marriage, I went through the annulment process through the Church. My two children are doing great! My son is 14 and lives with his mother. My daughter is 12 and decided to live with me and my wife. My daughter is going through the RCIC (rite for christian initation for children). She is going through preperation for first communion as we speak.

    In Christ,
    Lou Everett

  • Comment Link Lou Everett Sunday, 19 February 2012 21:52 posted by Lou Everett

    @Mary Kochan. Welcome Home to you as well!! Feel free to contact me and pass my contact information along. My email address is: lheverett@lheverett.com

    In Christ!

    Lou Everett

  • Comment Link Lou Everett Sunday, 19 February 2012 21:53 posted by Lou Everett

    Thank you to all of you for your words of faith and encouragement! It is truly an honor that you have found my story inspiring.

    In Christ,

    Lou Everett

  • Comment Link TDJ Monday, 20 February 2012 14:26 posted by TDJ

    Thank you for sharing this story! I'm sharing it forward!

    -Theo

  • Comment Link Roberto Cruz Saturday, 10 March 2012 20:14 posted by Roberto Cruz

    Lou, Bienvenido a casa. I pray for you. Please, pray for my constant conversion. God bless you and your family. Thanks for share this part of your life. "Viva Jesucristo!"

  • Comment Link Juan Carlos Sunday, 11 March 2012 03:26 posted by Juan Carlos

    Hola a todos, mi testimonio es en español porque soy mexicano. Fui testigo de Jehová por 8 años y en ese tiempo me dieron el "privilegio" de ser Siervo Ministerial y ahora he vuelto a mi casa, la Iglesia Católica! Espero puedan poner la página también en español para que de mi testimonio completo... GRACIAS!!!

  • Comment Link yane Sunday, 11 March 2012 15:44 posted by yane

    por favor en español para entender y contar mi testimonio ....gracias

  • Comment Link adolfo Monday, 12 March 2012 00:43 posted by adolfo

    Juan carlos ; nos gustari saber tu testimonio, pero por ahora te puedo decir que estas en el lugar correcto, La Iglesia Catolica tiene una larga rica tradicion que avarca a todos pues nadie se queda si recivir sus bendiciones..

  • Comment Link ddam Wednesday, 14 March 2012 02:34 posted by ddam

    Nice meeting you Lou! And welcome to the Catholic Family! We're so glad that your emptiness was filled-up. God's blessings will continue to pour until it's overflowing in you. God bless you and your family!

  • Comment Link olgamarie Wednesday, 14 March 2012 14:50 posted by olgamarie

    @Juan Carlos, bienvenidos a Tu casa, a la iglesia que fundo Jesus!

  • Comment Link olgamarie Wednesday, 14 March 2012 14:56 posted by olgamarie

    @Lou,welcome home to the catholic church , the church Jesus founded.Amazing story from minister in JW to Eucharist Minister in the Holy Catholic Church! wow
    The Eucharist is my favorite part of mass, I love receiving Jesus,if non catholics knew what they were missing. God bless and keep on evangelizing.

  • Comment Link Loud Thursday, 15 March 2012 17:52 posted by Loud

    Hey, Denise, hey Lou. Welcome Home!

    You know, I find it very interesting that their are "Anti-Catholic" organizations and denominations, but no "Anti-Baptist", "Anti-Methodist" or "Anti-Calvinist" ones. Sure, their are people who are slightly biased against Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses, but never "Anti-" ect. Anti-Christian is the closest they get, but that is really general.

  • Comment Link Anne Sunday, 25 November 2012 23:55 posted by Anne

    I am a 16 year old Jehovah's Witness who has been raised in the religion all my life. I sincerely loved being a part of Jehovah's Witnesses but over the past few years I have been forming all these questions and beginning to feel the emptiness that you spoke about in your story. A very dear friend of mine is Catholic and he radiates the fact that he has a good relationship with God. I've been feeling guilty that I have been considering conversion to become Catholic and have been especially concerned about how my family will react. So thank you so much for sharing your story with us and giving me hope that I'm making the right decision in my journey to find God.

  • Comment Link maddy Wednesday, 05 December 2012 17:27 posted by maddy

    I just had my 2nd child and required an immediate blood transfusion, due to a hemorage that is still unexplained by the doctors! This event took place almost 6 mths ago and I'm still not at peace with my decision as I was raised a J.W I can honestly say that this event has led me to strongly believe that everything I've believed in has been a lie. I see a psychiatrist and a couple of therapist, I also take medication for postpartum depression. I'm glad I ran into this site. I have vivid memories of always being attracted to the cross, rosary's, and always feeling like it was a symbol of God... it will be a big step to try to find what religion or belief works for me to enrich my existence in this world, I do know that I have a lot of work ahead of me. I too would love to fill that hole that has lived in me for a very long time, Lou I think its so interesting that we had this event happen at the same time as a birth of our children. Thank you Lou for your inspiring and hopefull story.

  • Comment Link Joanne Saturday, 26 April 2014 14:35 posted by Joanne

    I am studying to be a Jehovah's witness and what they teach is from the bible and the truth. Most people cannot live a life that Jesus Christ lived so the look for a way out and turn to false religion. I feel sorry for you guys since it was Satan that led you to the church and not God. I was Catholic before!!

  • Comment Link wendy Monday, 12 May 2014 06:53 posted by wendy

    im sad for you leaving the truth,,,you know jehovah is the only true god,,,and in the bible it says to obstain from blood,, and it also says to not call people father , rabi ect. ,,if people really meditate on the cross issue,,,how is it a symbol of god..?.if jesus was stoned to death, would you put a stone on your church ? or same if he was shot,? the bible says not to make images of anything, and wearing a cross isnt going to protect you, jesus never taught us to look to images,

  • Comment Link Steven Miller Thursday, 15 May 2014 14:50 posted by Steven Miller

    @Wendy - I believe you're referring to "thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image," which Merriam-Webster defines as "an object (such as a statue) that is worshipped as a god or in place of a god."

    I personally don't worship the cross I wear. I don't believe that it has magical powers in of itself. Nor do I love my wedding ring. I don't get up early to go to work for my wedding ring, nor do I stay up late after a long day to talk with my wedding ring, listen to the many details of its day. I love of my wife and Jesus Christ, and these things--my cross, my ring--are physical reminders of that love, reminders that I can touch and cherish throughout the day.

    Does that make sense?

  • Comment Link M Del Tuesday, 27 May 2014 23:33 posted by M Del

    Does not make sense. A cross & idols are images & the 20 commandments say not to worship them. Would u wear a coffin around your neck? Also, how can you say Jesus is God when the Bible clearly states God is the almighty one & only God, the creator of our universe & states that Jesus is God's son? Jehovah's witnesses are not the ones that say to avoid/abstain from blood..The Bible states this in Acts 15:20. Also Leviticus 17:14. “You must not eat the blood of any sort of flesh, because the soul of every sort of flesh is its blood. Anyone eating it will be cut off.” God viewed the soul, or life, as being in the blood and belonging to him. 
    I don't agree in the story this person wrote. If you felt lost, why didn't you seek answers or help with the elders. I know that in every congregation, everyone is more than happy to be there & answer all questions along with the Bible, not just their opinions. Jehovah Witness is not an easy religion to follow, why? Because they do not sugar coat anything in the Bible . They follow what is said in the Bible 100% & follow Jesus's examples he left us while on earth. Not every human is willing to follow the Bible 100% & these are the persons after doing wrong over & over come back & say negative things about Jehovah's Witnesses & take an easier route. For the person that asked why we call God Jehovah, read Psalm 83:18 18  May people know that you, whose name is Jehovah,+You alone are the Most High over all the earth.

  • Comment Link LFG Friday, 30 May 2014 05:12 posted by LFG

    You're definitely passionate about your beliefs. I see that statues and other symbols of faith are bothersome to you and other JW believers. For me they are only reminders of the love I have for my Creator. For example, when I look at pictures of my departed grandparents I have fond memories of them. Hopefully you can understand that it is my love for them and certainly not the picture itself. Having a relationship with our Lord does not require a specific name or assistance from another person. Not sure what you mean by sugar coat. However, I do know fairytales when I hear them. I remember hearing JW members claiming only they were going to heaven. I also heard JW members on the street say that people can read a WT publication if they're really busy instead of reading Scripture. A story about end times is not a substitute for the pure Word and or prayer. Also, the Word of God does not need additional script or people to interpret Truth. Final judgment will make evident what's in all of our hearts. God be with you!!!

  • Comment Link Juan Fuentes Saturday, 31 May 2014 23:49 posted by Juan Fuentes

    I'm catholic, i feel extremely happy for U Guys who have been guided by our Holy Mother Mary all the way to her son's house. keep always in mind what jesus said to peter in Aramaic: "You are Kepha and on this very kepha I will build my Church [Matt. 16:18] which means You are peter and upon this Rock i will build my church and the gates of hell will NOT prevail against it. SO U my friends gotta be really proud of U 2 are standing on the very Rock of allmighty God, neither protestants or JW's barely new sects will separate U all from God.... the most important gift ever given to Human Kind,God's children... Eucharist. BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST....

  • Comment Link MD Sunday, 01 June 2014 02:27 posted by MD

    Meant to say in the 10 Commandments... typo

  • Comment Link DanaDane Monday, 02 June 2014 07:40 posted by DanaDane

    Wow!! I'm not really blown away by some of these remarks but it's kind of crazy that WE all claim to be of a christian faith & SOME of us have the nerve to judge one another. It's quite simple to me - God /Jehovah/Allah or whatever the bible refers to him as was & still is about us loving one another regardless to our preferences. Everyone will always have their own interpretations of scripture- seems like some of us go waaay into left field w/them. Once again, that is part of our human nature to make mistakes or not truly understand. NO ONE will ever be like God or Jesus I don't care what "religion" or "belief" you belong to / claim. Please know that when other people read your comments & see how the God you serve is moving in your life (by reading how you respond & treat others) it is this that shows & tells a lot. WE are suppose to draw people in & to him - how might we do this if we all claim to not only luv him but are sooo deep & inconsiderate of others preferences? Don't think one religion is better than the other or God only appears or shines on a certain group versus the other. Really? That's a bunch of nonsense & that can't be love. I think that the original author's intention was to share his personal experience in case it might identify w/another & help them in some type of way. Such a shame that God fearing folks are on here judging one another & displaying hate. How can there be prejudice amongst christians?? WOW That seems like a great topic of discussion. I find one thing that everyone has in common is "hate" & for all you bible-thumpers & verse throwing folks ( more than sure you all know better than that). The worst thing you can do is represent being a part of God's love in this way. I have a simple understanding - WE all love God we all are sinners & fall short some time or another - we all ask for forgiveness & try to do better. We show love respect & help each other if possible. Now go & represent him in a godly manner. Luv yall & please pray for me & I will do the same for you no matter what religion. #peoplegetonmynervessometimes

  • Comment Link anomous Tuesday, 03 June 2014 23:53 posted by anomous

    I am a jw and I am only 13 years of age. To find this and from someone of your stature I would expect more. You present all these presumptuous accusations and insultations towards us. How could someone stray from the truth in such a terrible and drastically horrific way. The end is near , if you ever decide to return to Jehovah he will welcome you with open arms. I feel it is your wife's teachings that converted you and that you yourself still have a hidden subversal love for Jehovah god our father and sovereign.

  • Comment Link Dave Sunday, 08 June 2014 13:58 posted by Dave

    Young man, I applaud your faith in your religion and it's doctrines but to for you to state/imply that the author would it should have to have a 'subversal love' for God, is both ridiculous and offensive...regardless of the faith to which you subscribe.

    I am in no way an extremely religious person but I feel that I am spiritual enough to be able to interpret that Jesus' message, no matter the denomination, boils down to what amounts to The Golden Rule which we all should've been taught in grammar school.

    As well, I believe that regardless of your religion, whether it be Catholic, JW, Baptist, Jewish etc....is that God probably had no concern for WHERE you pray/worship Him, as long as you are worshiping Him.

  • Comment Link Marcus Wednesday, 18 June 2014 12:49 posted by Marcus

    Dave,

    If God has no concern where we worship Him as long as we are worshipping Him, then He would not have established His Church.

    Clearly God has a will, and that will that we will be one body. The Gospels is not just a collection of what Christ said, it is primarily about Christ as Son of God and about the will of God which is expressed in what He said and did.

  • Comment Link Billy Williams Tuesday, 08 July 2014 16:58 posted by Billy Williams

    Well, that is interesting..I grew up a Catholic, went to Catholic, and was not taught the bible at all from my Catholic priests, nuns, etc. It was what the Pope said, and if I asked a question, it was never ever answered from the bible. I used to shut the door on the JW people, until one day I listened. What they discussed was simple, and from MY catholic bible..then the KJV..it all made such sense..for instance what God's name was, and how he has a purpose for the earth and what our future is..no nun, or priest ever shared this with me. WHen my dad died, they wanted to charge for the funeral, and he had been giving to the church for over 40 years...I was through with Catholics, and religion until I talked to the JW's. Not all people have the correct understanding of their teachings, and I admit I did not either. 90% of what I was told was in fact not true..I tried to prove them wrong...but could not as every answer came from the Bible...i could not argue with God's word...I am not brain washed, and they do not hate, nor teach to hate Catholics. Many people in the Kingdom Hall I go to weer Baptists, Catholics, Methodists, Jews, that had the same unanswered questions I did...If being a Catholic is what you want to do, then fine..but don''t spread lies just because you are doing something else.

  • Comment Link Donald Cleveland Monday, 14 July 2014 00:59 posted by Donald Cleveland

    I converted to the JWs in the 1970s. I can honestly say that the authors depiction of that society is right on target. I sometimes read accounts that sound made up; he is telling it like it is. I left the Jws in April 2012 and am trying to make my way back to the Catholic Church. Pray for me.

  • Comment Link Mark Tuesday, 15 July 2014 14:14 posted by Mark

    I'm a JW and my father was a catholic. At his funeral the catholic priest said that death can be your friend, but the Bible says that death is an enemy. How can a priest of the church be so ignorant? I learned real truths from the Bible in one month with JW's, much more than 34 years as a catholic. The Bible IS God's Word. Catholicism doesn't even come close to what it really teaches. The blind are leading the blind.

  • Comment Link ak Sunday, 20 July 2014 12:43 posted by ak

    Not all Gods are the same. And there is worship He finds pleasing and falsehearted worship that He wouldn't. Jehovah of the Witnesses is one single god who created Jesus/Michael as a lesser being and uses an impersonal holy spirit to get the job done. Mainstream Christianity's Jehovah is a triune God who is comprised of 3 persons- Father, Son, Holy Spirit all 3 equal to God because they "are" God. Finally there is Allah who is Wildly different than the Christian Jehovah in that he doesnt have a son according to the Koran (ours does- Jesus) and is known also as the "greatest deceiver" in the Qu'ran. I'm sorry but I will not bow down to anything that deceives because it is of Satan, the father of all lies.

  • Comment Link nadya bruce Wednesday, 23 July 2014 19:35 posted by nadya bruce

    Born into Muslim family in North Africa.
    Took me 40 years in the wilderness before our Lord and Saviour called me. I got baptized into the Catholic faith six years ago. My only regret is as expressed by St Augustine " Oh beauty so ancient, so pure, have I loved you too late."

    Thank you Doctor. I forwarded this link to all christian and non christian friends.

  • Comment Link Dessira Tuesday, 29 July 2014 18:20 posted by Dessira

    I read this and found

    distressing to say the least. I grew up in the Catholic faith, when I was 7 it came out that I had been molested by an older boy in our church for the last 2 years. Half the people in the church said I was lying and the devil was making me lie. Therefore they had to exercise the evil from me. They brought my big brother too who had testified against the boy (he'd walked in on me being molested and told our mother the next morning). We were then shunned from the church because my mom refused to let them perform an exorcism on her 7 year old daughter and 10 year old son. Then town we lived in was mostly catholic, and we were continually harassed by the cops and other supposed church members. Even kids at school were told to be mean to us! How is this loving!? My mother tried to talk to the priest and ask him to help me cope, he refused to speak with me. I asked too many questions he said, I talked too much. And I admit, I am extremely talkative, but saying that to a child that needs you is a horrible thing to do.

    After we left the catholic church, my mother had a nervous breakdown and began to beat my brother and I, we tried becoming regular mainstream Christians (Babtist mostly as we moved to the south) and people in the church saw my mother hit us and said nothing. They saw us punched and kicked and did nothing. My mother was reported to child welfare one time, by a friend who was a former witness, and that was the only time!

    I grew up thinking my molestation was my fault, and never received counseling for it. I was scared to death to be in a relationship, and had to force myself to even let people touch me like in a hug or a hand shake. No one in any church I went to ever helped me deal with this. Yet through it all, I still had faith in God and I prayed for someone to love me for who I am and who would accept that I can't always be affectionate due to my childhood trauma. I had dated before, but always been dumped when I wouldn't pursue a "physical relationship" I was eventually forced into having sex by a boyfriend because I wanted to be a "normal girl" and not lose him. I regretted it immediately and broke up with him a month later.

    Fast forward 2 years, and a friend invited me to a party, and I met a young man who was kind and loving. He didn't take advantage of me when I got drunk, and when another guy at the party tried to drag mez drunken and barely able to walk, into a back room, this young man told him no, leave her alone! She is drunk its wrong to try and take advantage!

    He and I talked the whole night, and he made sure I sobered up. He stayed longer than intended to make sure I got home safely. We eventually started dating, and I was, through his love and patience, able to learn to love someone, and to learn to accept hugs and hand shakes even from perfect strangers!

    He was so patient with me that we didn't even kiss until dating for almost 2 months! Most men would have gotten mad at me for my aloofness.

    It turned out that he was raised as a Jehovah's Witness until he was 15, then his mother stopped going and he did too. She had a petty argument with her younger sister and refuses to forgive her to this day!

    We have been together for 8 years, and last year, at my urging, we started going to a Kingdom Hall (church) and studying with Jehovah's Witnesses. We had long wanted to marry, but had never been able to afford it. My mother refused to pay for a wedding, and his parents couldn't afford it. We expressed our desire to marry to the Witnesses, and they helped us!

    We were married by an elder of the church, and he married us for free! We'd tried to get married before, but every pastor or priest wanted to charge us an exorbitant amount of money to marry us. The witnesses not only married us for free, but helped us to get our marriage license, a dress, and a suit because I was unable to work due to my Crohn's Disease, and my husband is my care taker, and could only work part time. They also gave us a place to hold our wedding and even brought the food and decorations!

    Tell me, what other religion would help a young couple this much? What other religion would do this? When my husband's father lost his job this year, no one in the Kingdom Hall cared that Jose is catholic, everyone offered him work! And he is now able to work part time every week and go back to school to get his GED (he is a Mexican immigrant) with their help! They have even offered him free tutoring!

    So I understand you may have had issues with being a witness, and no one is perfect, but there are loving, kind, amazing people to be found in the faith of Jehovah's Witnesses!

    And if you want to know what Jehovah's Witnesses believe, go to jw.org that is the official site of Jehovah's Witnesses and you can get all the information for free!

    Also, my husband's father is unable to get a Bible from his catholic church, they tell him he needs to pay $40 for one, and $60 for a Spanish Bible!! We asked at the Kingdom Hall for a bible and received on for free. We asked for a Spanish bible for his father, and they are special ordering one for him, for free! Tell me, does any catholic church do that? Does a baptist? Pentecostal? Not that I am aware of!

    So please, take this story with a grain of salt. Not everyone can live the modest life style that being a Jehovah's Witness entails. Some crave attention, and the ability to be able to party but as a Witness, you have to set yourself apart from these things.

    And I notice he never states if he was scripturally divorced from his first wife before getting together with this next woman? And did they sleep together before marriage? Isn't that not allowed in catholicism as well?

  • Comment Link Daniel J. Grasse Saturday, 02 August 2014 18:37 posted by Daniel J. Grasse

    Just wondering if you have any concerns as a loyal Catholic about the Inquisition?

  • Comment Link Robert Sunday, 03 August 2014 16:54 posted by Robert

    For whatever its worth, I was raised catholic, and was amazed at how much of the bible's teachings is left out. It's not an attack on the catholic religion. It's the truth and it's not just the catholic religion but many that simply do not teach the bible's truth. I have many friends who are very good kind hearted catholics, but. I have to call it as I see it.
    I spent twenty years in the organization of Jehovah's witnesses and fell off the band wagon for personal issues, However, being out makes me realize that although as imperfect as many Jehovah's witnesses may be, collectively as a group they're explanation of the scriptures are the soundest and most reasonable,thus proving that they are being used by our creator to do his will in these latter days.
    I am currently making arrangements in my life to attend to the meetings of Jehovah's witnesses so I can strengthen myself to do the right things in the eyes of our Lord Jehovah the Almighty.
    People open your eyes and learn bible truth sincerely. so. that you can be prepared for what is to come. A change that is the only way to bring true peace and security through Jehovahs Kingdom where the corruption of human government will cease.
    Only a government from up above can truly take care of all of the issues that face not only the nation, but . that of the entire world!!!!

  • Comment Link wake up Monday, 04 August 2014 16:56 posted by wake up

    You gave no scriptural reason for your leaving JW. You just traded on nutty religion for another. I'll bet you still feel empty ten years from now because like many people you cant just be happy with what you have! People like you always want more more more. More answers like the meaning to life or hey the big lottery the immortal soul! How about just being thankful for the breath your breathing now. Read your bible at home and stop being so need that you have to go join club Catholicism

  • Comment Link kate Tuesday, 05 August 2014 01:34 posted by kate

    There is much ignorance from non-Catholics & horrid prejudice from fundamentalists, such as the JW's. Catholics are not Bible idolators, as the JW's and Evangelicals are. Don't you get it?? Catholics believe that the Church (& there is only one) is the foundation for the Bible; the Bible is not the foundation for the Church. Where in the Bible does Christ say that only the Bible is needed & that all is found in the Bible? The Bible was meant to be a great source of inspiration & guidance, of course. The Catholic Church is the only Christian religion founded by God Himself...all other so-called Christian religions are founded by a man. The pitful man who founded the JW cult even died on Halloween...no one hates that date more than a JW. He idolized the pyramid...a pagan symbol if ever there was one. The Catholic Church protected, painstakingly copied & preserved the original, one true Scripture for 1500 years until the Gutenberg press was invented to copy Bibles for the masses. The Catholic Church did NOT alter the true Scripture....Martin Luther threw out hundreds of precious passages to suit his own needs....it is heresy ! If ignorant, uneducated heretics would only study the history of the Church instead of listening to hateful lies perpetrated by non-Catholics for centuries. Wake-up, folks ! You have been brain-washed. Also, even Christ said that some Church leaders would disappoint him on occasion. Church leaders are human. The Church is the only true path. There are nearly 30,000 Protestant denominations & only one Catholic Church. The 30,000 can't agree on anything. Also, at Mass, the Epistles & Gospels are read each week. At the end of the year, Catholics have heard & read all the pertinent elements. JW's & Evangelicals are constantly Catholic-bashing in their churches ...full of ignorant, hateful lies. I can assure you that I and my Catholic friends have never heard bashing of any other religion at home or at Church ! Also, the Catholic Church is responsible for nearly 50% of all social services in America. JW's don't believe in any charity whatsoever ! What's more, JW's are uneducated. They have more suicides & more depression than any other religion. They put on a happy front to impress...but they are noticeably lost & in despair. The JW hierarchy lacks scholarship & education. How on earth can they interpret a Bible?

  • Comment Link Steve Monday, 11 August 2014 01:50 posted by Steve

    Out of the frying pan and into the fire, never pausing to think for yourself. That is nothing to be proud of.

  • Comment Link rammy Wednesday, 13 August 2014 03:10 posted by rammy

    its because the catholic church lets you do anything you want, no religion should be judge, but maybe you just cant handle the guidelines and rules they have.
    nothing comes easy, and sometimes people don't like that, they want the easy way, im of no religion, but Ive been to a jw meeting before, and they are not sad, thus the bible says that gods name is Jehovah, if you would read it you would know. if you did reaserch then you would know all this, but like i said, some humans will not be able to follow cus they dont feel the need to work that hard.
    the bible predicts it, that some of the sheep would leave, and some are disguised as sheep in the heard when in reality they are wolves, and because of those they make religion look bad.

  • Comment Link Olga Saturday, 16 August 2014 19:56 posted by Olga

    That's not true that JW its in the darkness. They are VERY nice happy people!

  • Comment Link Alex Romo Sunday, 24 August 2014 19:42 posted by Alex Romo

    To me this story sounds to me like he is Mad at the Jehovah's witnesses, because he let his own reasoning guide him instead of living the truths, that is found on the Scriptures, and he had to spell, because he was a bad influence. He did not mentioned and biblical reason why he left. I would not be surprised if this story is made out by a priest or a "Padre". Its clear the Catholic Church is the Harlot mentioned in the book of Apocalypse 17:1-6. The catholic church for millions of killings of innocent peoples around the world, and in resent years it has been made public that they rape and molested thousands of children. What do they do in return, they name John Paul the Second a Saint Father. On Mathew 23:9 Jesus clearly states: "Moreover, do not call anyone your father on earth, for one is your Father,+ the heavenly One." . He protected all the rapist during decades and hide them from the law. The Bible is clear in Apocalypse 18:4 "And I heard another voice out of heaven say: “Get out of her, my people,+ if you do not want to share with her in her sins, and if you do not want to receive part of her plagues." All of the Jehovah's Witnesses teachings are strictly from the bible, sometimes is extremely hard to live to those standards, but Jehovah, and his people are of great spiritual help, we just need to continue on the righteous path of eternal life, but only a few will find it (Mat 7:13).

  • Comment Link Lou Everett Tuesday, 26 August 2014 19:50 posted by Lou Everett

    So that anyone can see an interview I had with Marcus Grodi discussing my conversion.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQmaPsW_HZI

  • Comment Link Alex Tuesday, 26 August 2014 22:08 posted by Alex

    for all of you and for you the author i have only one thing. What you, the author, said i believe is wrong. I would believe you of course if you explained things with the bible and not the word of a man. I have see what the world is capable of and I've also seen that the Jehovah witness have never said anything bad about other religions. They say some are false but they explain it with the words of the bible, but they don't mention your religion. I am studying with the Jehovah witnesses and i plan to get baptized this year. I'm extending this invitation to every reader. Email me and ask me a question i will answer it with the bible and if you believe i'm wrong i will accept your opinion. Thank you very much for your time. Oh and some Jehovah witness might say things like the young boy, but i believe he was trying to help the young man that wrote this article. It might seem offensive but he believed that it was right. I will say that i will not offend you or your religion if i do it by accident, it was by accident and i didn't mean it. Thank you and if you want to email me i will be here.

  • Comment Link Natalie Friday, 29 August 2014 17:59 posted by Natalie

    I was raised as a witness...in fact, I was a third generation JW. I can honestly say that reading these comments from current and/or "studying" JWs are sincerely disturbing to me for a number of reasons, the biggest of them being simply a lack of understanding. I am currently beginning RCIA and can say unequivocally that the catholic church is everything I have searched for and then some. I am ever thankful that I have found my spiritual home.

  • Comment Link Sam Bastian Sunday, 31 August 2014 16:33 posted by Sam Bastian

    This is a preliminary response to Alex Romo, who wants Biblical proof that the JWs don't believe in the Bible. JWs believe that Jehovah is the Father, Jesus is His son (rather one of His sons like in Gen 6: 1-4) and the Holy Spirit is energy (like electricity). And Trinity is a pagan myth. Then how do we explain Matt 28:19. Here the Bible (words of Jesus) says 'name' not 'names'. If Father, Son and Holy Spirit were separate entities the Bible would have said 'names' not 'name'.

  • Comment Link Sam Bastian Sunday, 31 August 2014 17:10 posted by Sam Bastian

    Dear Dessira: The Catholic Church has no policy of suppression or tolerance of child sexual abuse. If it happened to you, in the manner that you described, then, not just me but all true Catholics are extremely sorry. It must have been a traumatic experience for you and your family.

    But the reality is that sexual predators abound in all places and many in religious congregations of different kinds. Like the following quote will make it clear to you that it is very much prevalent amongst JW congregations:

    "In June 2012, the Superior Court of Alameda, California, ordered the Watch Tower Society to pay $21 million in punitive damages, in addition to compensatory damages, after finding that the Society's policy to not disclose child abuse history of a member to parents in the congregation or to report abuse to authorities contributed to the sexual abuse of a nine-year-old girl. Her attorney claimed at the time that it was the "largest jury verdict for a single victim in a religious child abuse case in the country". The plaintiff claimed in her lawsuit that the national leaders of the Jehovah's Witnesses formed a policy in 1989 that instructed elders to keep child sex abuse accusations within the group secret to avoid lawsuits. A subsequent motion in September 2012 resulted in a reduction of the punitive damages to $8.61 million." Read more- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jehovah's_Witnesses'_handling_of_child_sex_abuse

    I have more information about how JWs spread false propaganda against the Catholic religion. Anyone interested may contact me.

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