#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…

#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…

#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…

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

I was asked multiple times if I masturbated and then he explained how bad it is and the addictive nature of it. I denied it but felt guilty for years until I attempted to take my life 2 seperate times. Finally I admitted to my bishop that I masturbated and what he said didn’t make…