Something happened when I was out there in the world. This was like the sixth time I had left. A friend of mine opened the bible up and showed me how to get to heaven. And it was through Jesus Christ and him alone. After I got saved, I went back to the Amish, but I never forgot what happened that day. I came back, settled down, got married, and I decided I'm raising my children within the culture. But when I wanted to know how to get to heaven, no one could tell me for sure. To the Amish, Jesus alone is not enough. Working, trying your best, following the rules and the traditions of the forefathers, if you do it all right, then hopefully you'll make it into heaven. To me, all the good works and traditions and rules and recollections, covered up the simple easy plan of salvation. My wife and I started reading the bible, and the more we read and started comparing it with all the rigid rules, we all the sudden decided, 'are we going to follow man or are we going to follow the scriptures?' The last time I left, the seventh time, I knew I would never ever return that day. I cried like a baby, tried to leave three notes, ripped them all up, and I realized, no matter how hard I tried to explain, nobody would understand.
---Joe (from the documentary above)