Interview With Former pioneer – Ex JW Story

In this episode, I have the privilege of interviewing MJ, a former JW and regular pioneer. MJ discusses her background as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, the events leading up to her departure from the religion, and how her life has been from that point forward.

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  1. EXCELLENT video, a pleasure to listen to, and very grateful to hear the story in chronological order. My memories of waking up are all jumbled up. I felt so happy to hear that the Australian Royal Commission is having a lot of influence and a growing audience. Perhaps the greatest thing is how your awareness began at an early age, and you're free with the best part of your life to look forward to. I didn't clear out of that mess until after I became a grandmother. Still, better late than never. I'm enjoying the ex jw community online very much, and appreciate getting to know you thru Lloyd Evans. I too went through a grieving for the loss of friendships, until it finally sank in that those were not friends. Friends can agree to disagree, and don't hold people hostage mentally or any other way. —Many thanks for taking the time to make your videos.

  2. i love this, I love your channel, watching here from Montreal Canada…just saw your interview with "John Cedars" I have so many stories from growing up as a witness….these give me so much encouragement and make me feel like im not so alone!

  3. Okay…thank you again Fifth for an awesome presentation. This video just made me a firm believer in creation. Someone as articulate, beautiful & gorgeous as MJ just didn't happen by chance. Like yourself, Fifth, MJ is another example of what has become a loss to the WT and a gain for the 'world''. May our Grand Creator bless the both of you charming individuals.

  4. MJ…do you have your own channel? If not, there are a ton of JWs in their 20s, 30s and early 40s who you'd be an inspiration & support to. Seriously…give it some thought! You were awesome in this interview! Three thumbs up!

  5. But the good thing you moved on while young and still have plenty of time to adapt and make new friends and family. May you be Happy and prosper in all your endeavors!

  6. When she talked about true love versus conditional love that reminded me about an experience I had while at Bethel.
    Hispanic bethelite Brothers were singing a country song about unconditional love.
    I interrupted them and said that Jehovah's love does come with conditions such as Belief in Jesus'/ Yeshuas' blood sacrifice and resurrection and that he is God's son and a mediator between us and God. Also, we have to show works of faith i.e. preach the good news/gospel, attend meetings, prayer, help the elderly and the orphans and obey laws. Well I can tell you they disagreed vehemently but critical thinking is what most JWs lack. The god of the Bible has no problem with violence falling out of love with his creations. Satan an angel was God's servant for eons and now is his sworn enemy, Adam and Eve his earthly children once the crowning of creation on Earth were condemned to die no appeal or stay of execution, he authorized the death of trillions of lifeforms on Earth by a flood!!?
    To follow this god you must reconcile these facts and that scientists have uncovered several Armageddon mass extinction events in natural history…so either God is a sadist or there is no personal loving god unless our perception of the meaning of love is turned on its head.

    Food for thought.

  7. Honestly, I came across this site in search of something else. I happened to see a women speak about why she is no longer a Jehovah's Witness' and it immediately captured my attention because my cousin and her family are Witnesses and have been for a long time. So, I Listened and was saddened by what I read! My cousin and I are very close and yes she has shared some very personal things about her life as a Witness' and even some un- truths ( which by the way are in a lot of religions which feel they have the truth As Well)! But her feelings have not escalated to this point. So, all I was Saying was it saddens me to hear the down fall of one's faith. No sarcasm intended!

  8. Great interview Fifth. MJ, you capture the issue succinctly for many JWs in your statement, “You’re not just questioning what you do on Sundays. You’re questioning your whole life!” Your experience also highlights that many leave, not for immorality, but simply for disagreement with the teaching, and doctrines when one discovers it is not the “truth”. In the book of Acts, those at Thessalonica were commended as being more noble-minded for their search of the scriptures to see if the things Paul was teaching, were indeed so. And really, that is all we are doing. Thanks again for an informative interview. Our desire to know REAL TRUTH does not end with the departure from the organization, but it is helped by the freedom we have to use our minds, and freely seek as you described, MJ. …G

  9. You r a darling young lady…I'm so glad you escaped early..and have so much to look forward to…I've watched most of my aunts and uncles live the JW life…to the exclusion of all else…the constant waiting for the end of the world to come..the "new light"….that so often contradicted earlier "new light"…they all died captive to this organization…they died worrying about me and other relatives…certain that we would not be in the "new system". You seem so happy..God bless you! Now enjoy your life..learn..think for yourself…oh wait! You already are!!!?

  10. What a beauuuuuuuutiful, stunning and genuine girl. Brave enough to question her beliefs. Strong enough to flee to the great unknown to not live a lie. Her happiness shines through so brightly. Quality lady!

  11. She looks like she is carrying this interview from the back room of a Kingdom Hall. She reminds me of many an indoctrinated sister from my day. I am glad she has joined us in the dark side…HaHaHa! Best Wishes. CB.


  13. Freedom is sweet! Freedom from being under a microscope! Freedom to have real friendships! freedom to just live !! 🙂 great interview.

  14. Our new generation is waking up…Thank you Jesus..born and bred former left 1988 Ray Franz Crisi of conscious Thank you

  15. I was raised in a congregation full of kids. One year when we were 10 years old, puberty hadn't hit yet, they decided to get baptized. Its was like 5 or 6 of them. I was like, " I'm way more spiritual than they are or will ever be". So the following year I got baptized when I was 11. They all ended up getting disfellowshipped in their late teens for sex of course. I went to Bethel in my 20's and ended up getting dissed later. But tell me what 10 or 11 year old can fully grasp this ever changing "new light".

  16. Another asinine video. I see you still have an obsession with Jehovah's Witnesses. Why is that? As I asked before, did one of them accidentally run over your cat with his car?

    And another thing, do you honestly feel you can get an honest assessment of Jehovah's Witnesses by interviewing someone who is no longer one of Jehovah's Witnesses? That makes about as much sense as asking Satan to give an honest view of God.

    And one other thing, as a Seventh-day Adventist, how concerned are you of those who are no longer Seventh-day Adventists? Do you have any videos that are designed to bring them back into the fold? Uh, NO! Am I right?

    So, why don't you tell your brain-dead fans the real reason why you are obsessed with Jehovah's Witnesses? If you did, they might not want to pat you on the head and praise your "insight" anymore. So, how about it?

  17. This is an "inside op" that took 40 years to assemble the GB and cronies to control this 100 BILLION dollar empire for King North globalist use when the SHTF soon. The GB are NOT what they claim to be and the internal state is 10000 times WORSE than what anyone has to say on YouTube, JWs are dealing with the "anointed" of Satan not as an insulting term but what this body actually is, affirmed knights in Satan's service for Daniel 11:32a King North globalist world government uses.

    Daniel 8:13-14 will come on the apostate JW ministry, so heed Matthew 24:15 and FLEEE FOR YOUR LIFE, because the Devil controls this place 100% now. But he cannot keep it (Isa31:8-9; Hosea1:4-7), they got the GB they get the loot but they do NOT get global Christians affiliated with Jehovah's witnesses faith gone awry.

    When you see JW Org going down on CNN then you won't think this is so crazy and that peak desolation is 3.19 years (Dan8:14) and merges into full blown world war "sword stroke" that is NOT "the end", but globally "heals" as Revelation 13:3 into full globalized world government 8th King King North over the final 15 years or so from JW Org down, day one. (Rev17:8-12; Isa41:1; Isa38)

    Just be glad 100 people a day, 1 US congregation/day overall are disintegrating into "the world" it is going to be safer than them GB Pied Piper"bunkers" they will funnell JWs to FEMA through—people do not know how truly evil it really is in the rotten core of this infiltrated ministry, you would not believe it if I told you. E-V-I-L INCARNATE and ALL its trappings.

    GET MORE PEOPLE OUT; Matthew24:15=UN NGO 1991; Much more is coming out with the JW Org downfall and after, it is God's Judgment, 1Peter4:17; Dan8:13-14; Zech3:1-5; Rev8:1-8; The attention will remain focused on JWs for the final witness; Rev10:11 But they will be "trampled" and cleansed BIG TIME–it ain't going to be pretty, escapees will need our help, be merciful; Daniel 8:13 (Rev8)

  18. I identify with her so much. I didn't get baptized out of zeal, I did it out of obligation. Sure at the time I thought it was the right thing, but as I am now, I realize that was easily the worst decision I've ever made. But how could I, an eleven-year-old who grew up in an insulated environment, tell the difference between pure fantasy and basic reality? I remember the breakdowns too… I literally felt my mind being reorganized when I got woke and realized I was an atheist. Still working on leaving, and I will. Great interview, Fifth!

  19. If your mum comes to her senses she will never forgive herself for the years she did this. but she is a victim of the machine. and you are so much happier. all the rubbish about how unhappy you will be if you leave. I left after 34 years and my daughter 2 years later, so anything is possible. dont give up hope on your mum and your brother.

  20. that was my thing, I'd research and think for myself. They tell us to research and find answers. all the answers are in the bible. Also them quoting outside sources, so I thought get nothing wrong with researching. I've had sisters ask what is it that I have questions about. I know myself and know it's going to piss me off that they give me a BS answer and not a answer it directly. or a question instead of answer.

  21. micah 7:5 Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.

  22. A woman should learn in silence with full submission 1TIM 2:11

    1COR 14:34 the women should be silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak, but should be submissive, as the law also says.

    1COR14:35 And if they want to learn something, they should ask their own husbands at home, for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church meeting

  23. luke 17:27 People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.

  24. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking,

  25. 1 cor 5:11 But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister[c] but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.

  26. Unitedly become imitators of me,+ brothers, and keep your eye on those who are walking in a way that is in harmony with the example we set for you. 18 For there are many—I used to mention them often but now I mention them also with weeping—who are walking as enemies of the torture stake* of the Christ. 19 Their end is destruction, and their god is their belly, and their glory is really their shame, and they have their minds on earthly things.

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