Tonight, I send this e-mail to the stake presidency, the bishoprics and stake high councilmen in the Houston Texas South Stake.
We have a great stake with wonderful leaders. Thanks for all you do.
This e-mail is about a practice that likely is not happening in our stake. At least, I hope it’s not. But, it appears to be a widespread practice in many other areas of the church. I have grandkids that will soon be entering our youth programs. I’d like to ask for your help to insure that this practice doesn’t continue.
A few months ago, I discovered something disturbing. It happened to my daughter when she was 12 years old. During a bishop’s youth interview she was asked about masturbation. Even though she had no idea what it meant, she was embarrassed. After the interview, she asked her friends. They weren’t familiar with the term either. She googled it. Of course, up popped pornographic images and descriptions. Effectively, my daughter was introduced to masturbation and pornography by the bishop. I asked if this question was ever posed again during her YW years. She responsonded: “All the time!”
I was outraged. I had no idea these questions were being asked. My daughter’s innocence was violated. My rights and responsibility to protect my child were abrogated and circumvented.
Since finding out about my daughter’s experience, I have become aware that this is still happening to children throughout the church. Many members have reported the harm, the shame and the lasting damage they have endured from these questions.
As a young man, I was never asked invasive sexual questions. I served as a bishop for 5 years. Never once did I ask any child or adult about masturbation.
Here’s what I’m asking. I’ve created a petition to raise visibility for this issue. Please lend your support by adding your signature.
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me.
To see the petition—click HERE
All my very best wishes to your families and in your callings,
If You Haven’t Signed Yet…Please Help Protect Our LDS Children
Link to the Petition to stop Mormon Masturbation Interviews. Click HERE.
Testimonials of masturbation interviews. Click HERE.
Testimonials of interviews about orgasm and sexual positions. Click HERE.
Is masturbation a sin? Click HERE.
How to talk to your kids about masturbation. Click HERE.