#1060 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,4,6,7,8

My story is pretty much exactly what to expect at minimum for a regular bishops interview to receive a temple recommend. I always lied about masturbating because I never wanted anyone to learn of my shame I hid at night. Every time I masturbated I would cry profusely for hours curled up in a ball…

#1059 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3,4,6,7,8

I am a female, and was around 14 when this happened. My home ward had (still has) a HUGE problem with gossiping and I was often the topic of gossip among some of the adult members in my ward. I was called into the bishops office for a temple recommend interview and he asked all…

#1050 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3,8

For over 7 years I was had meetings with my bishop/stake president/mission president at least monthly to talk about my masturbation “addiction”. Most of them were kind and did not ask for many details. They always told me I could overcome it if I had faith in Jesus Christ and tried to access his atonement.…

#1043 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3,4,7,8

My first memory of worthiness interviews was being terrified at 7 when masturbation was explained to me in graphic detail but my parents insisted that I go ahead and be baptized. I was young, I felt powerless… This normalization made me an easy target I guess, it was years later that this normalization would have…

#1034 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,9

I was born into a dogmatically LDS home, where my father and mother lived to remain worthy according to the rituals and ideals of the church. It was equally important that we as their children did so. The first time I remember being taken in to discuss my sexuality with a bishop was when I…

#1033 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3,6,7,8

I was about 15. I was sitting with the Stake President for a recommend to do baptisms for the dead. HE asked me if I had ever had sexual relations. I said no. He asked me if I was masturbating. I said no. I was mortified. He was my dad’s best friend! I could never…

#1032 Caleb J. CS: 1,2,3,4,7,8

Growing up I wholeheartedly believed the Mormon Church on everything. When I was in 8th grade I masturbated for the first time, I didn’t even know what it was. But I confessed to my father who was bishop at the time and so I didn’t take the sacrament for that week. I highly respected my…

#1030 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3,8

My story is about mental health. The experiences I had as a young woman with depression and anxiety in the church were traumatizing and heartbreaking. There’s a history of mental disorders in my family history, including depression, bipolar, and anxiety. I’ve been going to therapy for a variety of reasons since I was about nine…