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

#41 Name Hidden. CS: 1,3,8

My duration at the Provo MTC was from September through November of 2008. Each and every day there were lessons, videos, talks, activities, and speakers which all focused on personal worthiness, and that all success as a missionary depends on that worthiness. The result was a constant and immense feeling of guilt, insecurity, and failure…

#39 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3,4,6,7,8 Other: Ideation about self-mutilation

On average, from age 5 to 28, I considered suicide and/or self-mutilation roughly once a week, in part because I was subjected to these interviews. I encountered some of the church’s teachings about sexual sin early on, and as early as age 5 (I was molested by another child a few years older than me—as…

#38b Name Hidden CS: 1,2,4,7,8

What a terrible policy that needs to be changed- These specific questions have caused me so much unneeded stress and anxiety because what kind of 13 year old wants to talk about this stuff when they know if they slip up everyone in deacons quorum is going to know exactly why you didn’t pass the…

#38a Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3,6,7 Other: Depression

As a teen and as a young woman in college I was asked by the Bishop about whether or not I masturbated. The discussion with my college Bishop kept me out of the temple and made me feel unworthy and unloved for years afterwards. Looking back, I was already dealing with depression at the time…

#35 Name Hidden CS: 1,2,3,8

I was never sexually abused by a bishop. I was however sexually abused by various people including family members from the age of 5 until 13. After the abuse stopped at 13, when I would get scared at night, when my anxiety was so bad, I sometimes couldn’t sleep for days, I found myself masturbating…

#33 Name Hidden. CS: 1,3,6

I could write a whole story about my experience, but I’ll just tell you what happened in the Bishop’s office. I was 18, living away from home in the college dorms. I was feeling guilty because my RM boyfriend and I had “gone pretty far”, not only that, but my BF would “go” even if…