Current and former members of the Mormon Church are calling for an end to the practice of asking children as young as eight intimate and sexual questions during annual interviews personals in new visalia church officials. From the age of 12 he was interviewed alone in a room by a bishop for what is known as a "worthiness interview".
The Mormon Church is divided into wards, similar to parishes, with the bishop being the spiritual head of a local ward.
The worthiness interviews, the church says, are deed to prepare children and teenagers spiritually and ensure they are obeying the commandments. They often start around 's bages birthday, when Mormon children are baptised, and then again at the age of The most controversial element of the interviews relates to something known as "the law of chastity", though some bishops choose not to ask questions about sex.
In the Mormon Church - officially known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - sex outside of marriage, pornography and masturbation are banned. Mr Sheppard says between the ages of 16 and 19 he had "a few girlfriends" lxs whom he had intimate relationships, without having sex.
The interviews are conducted in a closed room, one-on-one with an older male bishop, unless the child or teenager requests another person to be present. They have caused controversy in the US, and now in the Babee - where the bages says there arebelievers - a campaign to stop the practice is gaining ground. The Victoria Derbyshire programme has also heard birmingham escorts uk s of a woman who says that as a teenage girl she was told not to use contraception, and a man who says a bishop spoke to him about "praying the gay away".
The Mormon Church said it "condemns any inappropriate behaviour regardless of where or when it occurs".
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Bahes added: "Local church leaders are provided with instructions regarding youth interviews and are expected to review and follow them. The church said their guidebook makes clear that children under 12 "are not asked about chastity, and parents are invited to be with north torquay escorts child". He did not conduct interviews but acted as an advisor to people who did.
Mr Blomfield - whose father was a hot wife personals - says, in his experience in the s and 90s, how intrusive the questions were during interviews depended on the bishop. Mr Blomfield now has children of his own, but says he has informed his local church they will bxbes be interviewing them.
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But he also now believes the interviews must be scrapped. Masturbation and pornography, he adds, were described as "satanic". Related Topics.
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