#818 Jessica F. CS: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

When I turned eight years old, my parents took me to the bishop’s office to have my baptism interview. Before I went into the room, I asked my parents if they would go with me. They assured me there was nothing to worry about, the bishop was a priesthood holder and could be trusted. Then…

#816 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9

My Mormon story: growing up in Utah you had to be Mormon to be able to play with your friends. So i had been baptized around 4th grade. I took the lessons on my own, would go to church and sit by myself. I would fast alone as a young child because my dad and…

#815 Name Julie S. CS: 1,2,3,4,7,8. Other: Depression, anxiety, PTSD

My heart just breaks. I was subjected to these interviews as a youth. I had endured many years of sexual abuse as a child beginning at the age of 4. The perpetrator was not a member of the LDS church, but was my mother’s step-brother. My victimizer threatened me that he would hurt me and…

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

When I turned 14, I was like any normal child. We had moved to a new town, and I was finding my footing. I went to a youth dance for LDS children and I met some friends. I asked my mom if I could stay over at my new friends house, and she said that…

#810 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3,7. Other: Physical neglect from parents who could not recover mentally from their own abuse.

Something that I realized I needed to share was the generational effect of abuse victims. My father was raised in incestuous Mormon family. His father, the predator was at one point, a bishop, a school teacher, a temple worker. After decades of terrorizing his family and uncounted children not related, he was finally excommunicated after…

#809 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3,4,6,7,8. Other: Self abuse

My childhood was very painful. This was not necessary the fault of the Mormon church, but rather my biological father was/is pedophile and abused me sexually, multiple times. Which lead to my brother’s sexually abusing me as well. He also physically abused my brothers and this went on for about 12 years. Never was I…

#807 Amy C. CS: 1,2,3,4,7

I was born and raised in the LDS church in Las Vegas, NV. I began worthiness interviews with my bishop at the age of 12 as it was expected of all children at that age. I remember my bishop as a kind and approachable man whom everyone looked up to and trusted. However, he did…

#806 Chelsea T. CS: 1,2,3,4,8

I didn’t find out that masturbation was a sin until my bishop had a fireside for the youth. After that I felt extreme guilt because I couldn’t stop. I honestly thought I was the only girl who did this, I was so ashamed. A few years later after admitting it to close guy friends in…

#803 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3,4,6,7,8. Other: I’m now filled with a fury all of the time.

Hello, Sam, If I were in your ward, if I were your friend, I’d stand beside you and witness that you are quite certainly the most selfless person that I’ve ever known. I marched with you this spring, my first time ever in Utah, and I listened to you and others defend me in a…

#801 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3,4,5,6

My bishop at the time was a family member… I was 11 at the time… it was a Sunday afternoon we were at home we were a few members families for a dinner. Kids we were playing and as we were playing we lost the door keys. During the evening I had the duty to…