#821 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3,4,7,8. Other: Fear of relationships with the opposite sex.

The worthiness interviews containing questions of a sexual nature drove me to avoid relationships with the opposite sex out of fear of sinning for my entire young adult life. I could have dated as a teenager. I didn’t. I was asked to prom. I didn’t go. I could have had normal healthy relationships, but I…

#816 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9

My Mormon story: growing up in Utah you had to be Mormon to be able to play with your friends. So i had been baptized around 4th grade. I took the lessons on my own, would go to church and sit by myself. I would fast alone as a young child because my dad and…

#815 Name Julie S. CS: 1,2,3,4,7,8. Other: Depression, anxiety, PTSD

My heart just breaks. I was subjected to these interviews as a youth. I had endured many years of sexual abuse as a child beginning at the age of 4. The perpetrator was not a member of the LDS church, but was my mother’s step-brother. My victimizer threatened me that he would hurt me and…

#809 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3,4,6,7,8. Other: Self abuse

My childhood was very painful. This was not necessary the fault of the Mormon church, but rather my biological father was/is pedophile and abused me sexually, multiple times. Which lead to my brother’s sexually abusing me as well. He also physically abused my brothers and this went on for about 12 years. Never was I…

#806 Chelsea T. CS: 1,2,3,4,8

I didn’t find out that masturbation was a sin until my bishop had a fireside for the youth. After that I felt extreme guilt because I couldn’t stop. I honestly thought I was the only girl who did this, I was so ashamed. A few years later after admitting it to close guy friends in…

#805 Madison H. CS: 1,3,4,6,7,8

As a child I would have these one on one interviews with bishops behind closed doors. The sexual questions began when I was a teenager. Very uncomfortable considering I wasn’t taught what “chastity” meant. My family never talked about sex. So it was hard learning different things from leaders in the LDS Church. I was…

#803 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3,4,6,7,8. Other: I’m now filled with a fury all of the time.

Hello, Sam, If I were in your ward, if I were your friend, I’d stand beside you and witness that you are quite certainly the most selfless person that I’ve ever known. I marched with you this spring, my first time ever in Utah, and I listened to you and others defend me in a…

#800 Faith B. CS: 1,2,3,4,7,8

When I was 14 I felt the need to repent for being raped by my 18 year old friend. During the interview, I was asked which positions were performed, what sex acts happened, how many times, the specific dates, what I was wearing, if I had feelings for him, why I put myself in that…

#797 Name Withheld. CS: 1,2,4,7,8

When I was 14 years old the youth of our ward took a trip to the temple to perform baptisms for the dead. My dad was the bishop and conducted my recommend interview. He asked me about chastity. I was somewhat hesitant and embarrassed, but decided to share with him a non-consensual experience I had…

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

The amount of shame and unbearable guilt I felt as an innocent teenager caused permanent damage due to this line of sexual questioning and incorrect doctrine. I also remember the Stake President staring me down when I was with his daughter. Incorrectly assuming terrible things about me I suppose. This stuff has consequences. I developed…