My former sister-in-law and her two sons became JWs. At first, her husband, a Southern Baptist deacon, refused. But, he eventually joined the JWs to keep his family intact. She pulled away from the rest of the family and took her children out of public schools. She barely stayed in contact with anyone and her sons grew up apart from their cousins.

The teenage girl I adopted was going to a JW church although she’d been raised Catholic. I finally got through to her by giving her the facts about JWs and their founder. Fortunately, she was not so brainwashed that she couldn’t recognize a con when she was presented with the facts.

Thanks for sharing your story, Deborah. I am sorry for you and for your mother. Sad, sad situation.

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