#694 Arthur N. CS: 1,2,3,7

I grew up in the LDS Church, was baptized at 8, ordained a deacon at 12, teacher at 14, priest at 16, elder at 18, served a two-year mission starting at 19. I returned home at 21, and became a non-believing ex-Mormon by 27. I am currently 39, and have never had any desire to…

#693 James K. CS: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8

I lived in Dallas, Texas in the early 1980s… I am almost 50 now. Like most normal boys, I was excited to find some “dirty magazines” when I was walking home from school. I found them to be very interesting, to say the least, and being 13 or 14 at the time, I did what…

#692 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,4,6,7

I am so thankful that you are doing this. I hope the LDS Church takes action to stop these interviews. I grew up in Montana and my mother made me and my sisters go to church every Sunday. Our father was Lutheran so that made for some difficult family dynamics because mom was constantly trying…

#690 Malissa R. CS: 1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9

I was 11 years old when I was sent to live with mormon relatives. Because of my age I had to go through the missionary lessons in order to be baptized. I did not want to be baptized, but it was not an option. I was beaten until I agreed to do what I was…

#689 Jodi H-E. CS: 1,2,3,4,5. Other: I will never be able to quantify the damage

Another personal story for you and Sam Young as he Hunger Strikes to Protect LDS Children. This one is the hardest for me because I was complicit and bare the shame of this. This is about my child and I am using my favorite, colorful language in this post (you have been warned). When I…

#687 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3,5,7,8

When I was 11, my uncle (who was then in the bishopric) propositioned me for sex (I refused and got away, but didn’t tell anyone because he threatened my family) and then when I was 12, he molested me. After this incident, my mom could tell there was something wrong and I told her, but…

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

This is something I posted to reddit a few years ago. I already had guilt and shame, the bishop made it worse. As a child, I was born into a deeply religious and active LDS family. We lived in Salt Lake City, Utah for a while before heading to upstate New York when I was…

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

As a kid, like most kids, I masturbated. Even typing this story after years of therapy I just had to justify why I masturbated. Anyways, I felt horrible about myself due to interviews from the time I was getting ready to leave primary (turning 12). I did not tell the Bishop because I was scared…

#683 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3,5,7,8

When I was a member of the church at 12 years old, I was accused of masturbation by my parents and the bishop. I was only a deacon and had no idea what masturbation was at the time. I protested and insisted I was not guilty…but I was forced to undergo church discipline at only…

#682 Christian D. CS: 1,2,3,4,6,7,8

I discovered self-love at age 11. It was sorta an accident, but I really enjoyed it. I knew it must be wrong because my mother caught me once and we had a meeting with the Bishop that lasted an hour. We talked about playing with the special present before Christmas, and that I shouldn’t arise…