#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…

#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…

#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…

#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…

#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…

#1027 Name Withheld. CS: 1,2,3,6

I was sexually assaulted and raped in a church bathroom by a friend. I told my bishop right away in his office. He recorded it, I believe. I was given a book on forgiveness, made to not take sacrament for a month to forgive him for what he did to me. My guardians were never…

#1024 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3,4,6,7

When I was twelve I began meeting with my bishop to seek forgiveness for masturbating. The guilt and shame I felt daily was crippling and I just wanted it to go away. As a young girl in the church, I was constantly reminded that my temptations were completely unnatural and that only men were supposed…