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

#791 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3,6

I was born into and raised in another church. I was baptized as an infant, received my first communion, went through catechism, and was confirmed as a member of that church when I was 15-years-old. Six months later I met a beautiful girl that was Mormon. She was not just beautiful in appearance; she was…

#790 Jennifer M. CS: 1,2,3,7,8,9. Other: I lived my life thinking I was almost as bad as a murderer.

When I was 16 I had been dating someone for awhile. It was standard to have a bishop’s interview to get a dance card and stuff. I went in to my interview already nervous because my boyfriend and I had been “petting.” My bishop asked if I was dating, if I was in a relationship,…

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

It wasn’t until I was 40 that I realized the damage Mormon bishop interviews had played a part in my life. By all accounts I am a successful and happy man. But behind the scenes I have led a life of depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation. Not all of this can be blamed on Mormonism…

#786 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,4,7

Aside from the invasive interview questions. I was asked such questions out of the interview senario (casual talk questions). I remember I was about 13 and I was waiting for the cultural hall to be opened for an activity. And our current bishop at that time was also outside waiting. And out of nowhere he’d…

#784 Jerold G. CS: 1,2,3,7,8

I remember having so much anxiety about meeting with the bishop that I would throw up before I met with the bishop. In my mission interview my stake president asked if I had sex with animals. I remember hating myself for years due to inappropriate questions. Later in college I was talking to my bishop…

#782 Name Hidden. CS: 1,4. Other: Encouraged not to report rape, impaired decision of parents, caused shame and trauma for selfish reasons.

I know you are going through a tough time right now Sam, so I wanted to tell you how you have helped my little family in a way that wouldn’t risk doxing ourselves. At the age of 14, my wife was raped. She did not go to the police, but instead went to her parents.…