#1045 Talia K. CS: 1,2,3,7. Other: self harm

I was raised in the church and my mother was sexually and physically abused by my biological father. Whenever she tried to leave him, the church held her back in several ways. After he began sexually abusing me as an infant, my mother left him. However, regular unsupervised visits with him still happened and I…

#1044 Name Danielle J. CS: 1,2,3,4,6,7

I grew up in the LDS church with parents, siblings, friends, and many other family members. I was taught from a young age that men in the bishopric are called of God and that they answer to him. I was raised to trust bishops by my church family. When I turned 12 and I entered…

#1043 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3,4,7,8

My first memory of worthiness interviews was being terrified at 7 when masturbation was explained to me in graphic detail but my parents insisted that I go ahead and be baptized. I was young, I felt powerless… This normalization made me an easy target I guess, it was years later that this normalization would have…

#1041 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3,4,5,7

Roughly 12-14 years ago a sibling of mine came forward with a terrible story. He gathered the family together and informed us that when he was younger he had been groomed and repeatedly fondled and raped by a former bishop. He approximated that he had been about 10 -12 years old when it hard started.…

#1040 Name Withheld. CS: 1,2,3,7

I grew up in the church and remember never properly being taught about sexuality until my teenage years. Even then it were very vague attempts. It always seemed as though people at church were embarrassed (or largely uninformed themselves) teaching about these things and even my parents never really taught me anything. The only occasion…

#1034 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,9

I was born into a dogmatically LDS home, where my father and mother lived to remain worthy according to the rituals and ideals of the church. It was equally important that we as their children did so. The first time I remember being taken in to discuss my sexuality with a bishop was when I…

#1033 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3,6,7,8

I was about 15. I was sitting with the Stake President for a recommend to do baptisms for the dead. HE asked me if I had ever had sexual relations. I said no. He asked me if I was masturbating. I said no. I was mortified. He was my dad’s best friend! I could never…

#1032 Caleb J. CS: 1,2,3,4,7,8

Growing up I wholeheartedly believed the Mormon Church on everything. When I was in 8th grade I masturbated for the first time, I didn’t even know what it was. But I confessed to my father who was bishop at the time and so I didn’t take the sacrament for that week. I highly respected my…

#1030 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3,8

My story is about mental health. The experiences I had as a young woman with depression and anxiety in the church were traumatizing and heartbreaking. There’s a history of mental disorders in my family history, including depression, bipolar, and anxiety. I’ve been going to therapy for a variety of reasons since I was about nine…