#1066 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3,4,6,7,8

I was raised LDS and left the church at age 23, and resigned officially at age 33 (when I learned this was an option for me). I was raised in a large family, falling in the middle of 4 boys, I was the eldest girl. Much of my childhood is a blank as I can’t…

#1065 Hannah. CS: 1,2,3,4,7,8

When I was around sixteen years old, I got a boyfriend. One night, he invited me to go to a missionary farewell and we ended up making out in his car instead and stripping down to our underwear. I had done “worse” things with other people, but this guy felt so much guilt that he…

#1063 Aimee L. CS: 1,2,4,5,7,8,9

Hello, My name is Aimee. I was raised in the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but after experiencing the molestation of a young girl who was very dear to me, I started to question the church. My mother who was born into the church as well was molested and raped by her…

#1060 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,4,6,7,8

My story is pretty much exactly what to expect at minimum for a regular bishops interview to receive a temple recommend. I always lied about masturbating because I never wanted anyone to learn of my shame I hid at night. Every time I masturbated I would cry profusely for hours curled up in a ball…

#1059 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3,4,6,7,8

I am a female, and was around 14 when this happened. My home ward had (still has) a HUGE problem with gossiping and I was often the topic of gossip among some of the adult members in my ward. I was called into the bishops office for a temple recommend interview and he asked all…

#1056 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3,7. Other: Other forms of abuse in my home were ignored.

I had the usual worthiness interviews starting at age twelve. Until I was fifteen, they were always on script. I never had anything to say to the contrary of any of the questions, I was never prodded. I did dislike the youth temple trip interviews being done during church hours being pulled out of class…

#1055 Name Hidden. CS: 2,3,6,7

I started to be sexually abused around age six by my brother.  Then when I was 12, I was gang raped by 5 grown men.  After the rape, my grandfather started to rape me as well as my brother. I am a recovered bulimic and in my 60’s.  I have been in counseling all my…

#1054 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

When I was age 11-15, I had different experiences with different bishops. I have never had the courage to say anything, and I also have never had a place where I can feel safe to talk about it. These men are part of my family’s community still to this day, and the encounters were so…

#1051 Name Withheld. CS: 1,2,3,7

I was raised from birth in the LDS Church. Having been told I was so lucky to have been born into such a wonderful organization for as long as I could remember, I believed it, and in many ways it kept me from leaving for several decades. Around the age of 12, I had my…

#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…