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Before and after becoming one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, I’ve never been a big fan of this tag. I don’t know about you, but to me, this represents something a bit different than just any ordinary tag. As brothers and sisters in the truth, we are to show ‘love to one another.’ and that means even to those that aren’t in the truth. What this tag constitutes to those that are not in the truth is a segregation that Jehovah’s Witnesses only can truly understand the post, leaving others to think that we think of ourselves as more superior of a comprehension. Where I’m trying to go with this is to have a different approach in thinking how others feel and how they view us. The media already has a grip of categorizing Jehovah’s Witnesses as fundamentalists or even cult-like and we must do our very best online and in person to show that we are ordinary people, living up to Bible principles and loving Jehovah, our God. 

JW’s are poor and undereducated, according to Pew Research 2014 data

You can download the PDF here

In 2014, Jehovah’s Witnesses were:

Gender:
Male: 35% (2007: 40%)
Female: 65% (2007: 60%)

So there are currently 5% fewer males than there were in 2007.

Of the religions surveyed, the JW’s have the LOWEST NUMBER of male members.

Age:
18-29: 15% (2007: 21%)
30-49: 34% (2007: 39%)
50-64: 29% (2007: 25%)
65+: 23% (2007: 14%)

There are 6% fewer 18-29 year olds and 5% fewer 30-49 year olds. The numbers that have gone up are ages 50-64 and 65+. This is a sign that young people are leaving.

Of the religions surveyed, the JW’s have the LOWEST NUMBER of 18-29 year olds.


Education:
Less than high school: 19%
High school grad: 44%
Some college: 25%
College grad/some post grad: 9%
Postgrad degree: 3%

Of the religions surveyed, the JW’s have the HIGHEST NUMBER of high school dropouts and the HIGHEST NUMBER of people who only have a high school diploma.

Put more succinctly:
Less than college: 88% (2007: 92%)
College graduate: 12% (2007: 8%)

Of the religions surveyed, the JW’s have the LOWEST NUMBER of college grads.


Family Income:
Less than $30,000: 48% (2007: 42%)
$30,000 - $49,999: 25% (2007: 23%)
$50,000 - $74,999: 14% (2007: 17%)
$75,000 - $99,000: 8% (2007: 9%)
$100,000+: 4% (2007: 9%)

Of the religions surveyed, the JW’s have the THIRD HIGHEST number of families making less than $30,000, and the LOWEST number of families making over $100,000.

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Life Update

I haven’t been to a meeting in about 2 weeks. I am completely isolating myself from everyone and I don’t know why. I just can’t bring myself to get up and go. Something that’s really bothered me is the fact that none of the brothers or sisters have come to see how I’m doing. I’m not staying home for the attention or to have people come visit me, but I need that extra little push and it’s frustrating that while I need help they aren’t there for me :(

honestly

Tumblr is the only place where I can express myself, I mean of course I pray to Jehovah and tell him everything 💕 but when I feel like just typing it out, I also need to do that. The thing is that on here none of my family follow me, its like i cant post anything on facebook or twitter because they’re just out to judge me, or gossip about me. You never see them try to help you out or ask what’s going on, or why do you feel that way, you know? My teacher from college who is not family related was the only one to told me to come by to help me out. So what does that tell you about my family? uncarring and fake. But its okay cause I have God and my Spiritual family who show more concern towards me anyway, and correct me when I’m wrong in a loving way. thank you Jehovah for such a wonderful family.

anonymous asked:

Hey Shelby how are you? How are you feeling about the meetings currently? If you need anyone to talk too just let your voice be heard, there are so many people wanting to listen, so many brothers and sisters on tumblr even, and we have all gone through similar things, so don't be affaid to ask for help, if you need it. We love you darling xx

This is why I love our little Tumblr congregation. You have all been so helpful and encouraging and I have started returning to meetings again and going out in field service. I love you all as well.