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

I grew up being exposed to sexual activities and situations from my neighborhood peers, starting at a very young age. I always felt shame around things I had been exposed to or reluctantly participated in based on what I learned at church. As a youth, I regularly visited the bishop for worthiness interviews. I always…

#397 R. Mark. CS: 1,2,3,4,6,7

Growing up in the church I was frequently asked about masturbation. The cumulative doctrine during my formative years was very clear that this was a sin of the highest severity. This came in the form of “For Young Men Only” pamphlets, Books such as Miracle of Forgiveness, frequent priesthood preview meetings, quorum curriculum, general conference…

#395 Alice D. CS: 1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9

I was a hyper-sexual child who didn’t know the word masturbating until five or six years after I’d started having regular orgasms. I started cutting myself as I learned about the church’s stances on everything outside of standard married intercourse and that my value had been diminished as a result. I felt so out of…

#389 Joel B. CS: 1,2,3,6

I really don’t have a great sense of exactly how to communicate just how damaging these one on one bishop interviews involving sexual topics by untrained men with authority for and from the church have been to me so this will probably come off long and not very concise. I think those that read the…

#385 Name Withheld CS: 1,2,3,4,6,7,8,10

I don’t think my story is anywhere near as hurtful and disturbing as others who have come forward. I offer my respect, love, and support to each of the brave people who have shared their horrific realities with the world through this forum, and I add my voice to the collective voice crying for these…

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

When I was in my late teens, I was called into the Bishop’s office, out of the blue, and interrogated for over one and half hours, regarding sexual acts that I knew nothing about. With each question the Bishop asked, I answered NO, as I was unaware of what he was talking about. I was…

#383 David. CS: 1,2,3,4,6

Those who read my story may well conclude that I have no business posting alongside those who have been subject to the horrors of sexual abuse and assault.  My story is perhaps altogether commonplace.  I share it because I am convinced that many members of the church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints have suffered…

#382 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,10

My father was in church leadership as were all the males in my family dating back to Joseph Smith himself and are direct descendants of him. My maternal grandfather was a stake president, the first in the stake where I now live. He had a large family and every one of his children as well…

#378 Name Hidden. CS: 1,6,7

My ex-wife used to masturbate when she was a young woman until our marriage (she was 25). She is a true believer and claims that she didn’t have any bad bishop experiences. Despite what she claims, we had some sexual issues during our marriage and she always thought that it was because she was cursed…

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

I was ~middle school age when my Mormon leaders started bringing this stuff up and asking me about the same stuff. Wish I’d known back then how messed up it was. In my case. My father drove me late at night to have an “emergency interview” with our Mormon bishop when they found some “magazines”…