These are personal accounts of the negative consequences that inappropriate interviews have had on people.

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

I was 16 when I had pre-marital sex with my then high school girlfriend. In hindsight, we were kids with raging hormones and we both felt horrible about our actions. We both went to speak to my home-ward bishop about our mutual sin. We were upfront, honest, self-loathing and willing to do whatever it took…

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

I didn’t even know what masturbation was until I had an interview with my bishop at age 12. From that interview I was told that it was really bad, and that any type of sexual relation was bad prior to marriage. Well, when you get married, a switch doesn’t suddenly change so that everything that…

#978 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,4,8

I only ever knew about pornography and masturbation from the church deacons quorum meetings. Our teachers lectured us young (12) on how we shouldn’t lust and masturbate and do all these other things.  I now realize how inappropriate that was. I have feelings for men and I tried to hide it and would cry myself…

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

From the time I was a very young girl, I was being sexually abused by multiple members of my family. As is common for children in this situation, I was convinced that it was all my fault, the result of some error or fundamental flaw on my part. The shame was overwhelming, and so I…

#975 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,4,6

As a young woman I was frequently pulled into the Bishops office at random for “worthiness interviews”, even without my parents knowing these interviews were happening. I was a good girl and at that age didn’t have things to repent of but I often felt shame for even being pulled in like he was insinuating…

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

Growing up, sexually explicit questions became the norm from an early age. I remember vividly at the age of 11, during my initial Aaronic priesthood interview, being asked about masturbation and pornography. I didn’t really know what the bishop was talking about, but he proceeded to vividly describe both to me. He said that my…