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

#680 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3,7,8. Other: Domestic abuse relations later in life

My daughter went in to repent to the bishop. She had a sexual relationship with a man when she was 14 and he was 18. This went on for several months and was found out about by her parents and turned in to the authorities. She also had relations with another boy afterwards and wanted…

#679 Name Hidden. CS: 1. Other: Attempting to understand what the Bishop meant, causing some exploration and increased curiosity.

I was receiving my first birthday interview as a Young Man, so I must have been 13 years old. The Bishop had numerous children himself and must have felt skilled as a father, and part of his professional job was in counseling with the LDS Church. He later became Stake President. At a point in…

#678 Name Hidden. CS: 1,7,9,10. Other: Witness to numerous atrocities encouraged by LDS Bishops against other human beings. And very often these human beings were women.

LDS Church Bishops – the starting position for ALL other “higher” leadership positions in the LDS Church such as Stake President, etc. – are appointed ONLY based on being the highest tithing donor and being a church attending male in the congregation. NO OTHER CRITERIA are actually considered or used. There is NO screening or…

#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…

#676 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3

Prompted to ask my , now adult children, if any of them experienced inappropriate questions or behavior in their Bishop interviews years ago?…. This is the response from my (now adult) youngest son…. “All those questions were “normal” to me growing up inside the church- its just how things were done. Having left the church,…

#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…

#673 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3,7,8,9

I always dreaded the interviews. Even when my dad was the bishop. That probably made it worse honestly. I knew it was abnormal for kids my age to be exposed to this type of questioning but it’s not like I had any choice to go. Throughout my youth and early adult life I struggled with…

#672 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3,4,5,7

First of all I am no longer a member, having resigned 2 months after being released as a YSA Bishop in the Pacific Northwest. In 1999 while serving as a Bishops Counselor, I was interviewing youth for an upcoming temple trip. In the course of my interviews I was asked to follow the handbook of…

#671 Name Hidden. CS: 2,3,5,7,8,9

When I was 12 years old I was sexually abused by my dad. He was serving in a bishopric at the time. And he had earlier served as a bishop. After I was 18 and finally told someone the words from my stake president was to “forgive and forget”. My dad was not released from…