#698 Joseph R. CS: 1,2,3,6

I don’t pretend that my story is as bad as many others however it may be more common. The worst part about my story is that it wasn’t my bishop or councilors that caused me pain but rather an ex-bishop and ex-stake president. This man happened to be my father. I love my father and…

#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…

#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…

#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…

#677 Samantha G. CS: 1,4,6,8,9,10

Sam, First of all, I just want to tell you how moved I am by what you are doing. I can’t remember when I first stumbled across your cause but I know it was around the time that Harvey hit Houston because I remember thinking about you when I saw the news. I’d like to…

#675 Wade R. CS: 1,2,3,4,6,7,8

During my developmental years as a teen I often struggled with depression. I was weighed down with guilt and tore myself apart with self-loathing. I was conflicted, frustrated, embarrassed, confused, and suffering. My source of pain was due to my personal sexual sins. These minuscule sins included very infrequently masturbating (never to completion) and sometimes…