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DO I NEED TO SEE MY BISHOP
By stevenk
1/21/2012 9:20:26 PM
In the seventh grade (i am currently 15 almost 16) i was curious and tried masturbation 1 time. I stopped before anything "happened" and immedietly said a prayer and asked for forgiveness. I thought i had been forgiven but resently i have wondered if i needed to talk to by bishop to be forgiven. I dont want this to stop me from going on a mission or any trouble. I would like my head and concious to be clear, do i need to talk to my bishop? am i clean?

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PS    
"PS. i also was able to stop myself when i tempted following the 1 time, i did not do it agan."
posted at 21:22:52 on January 21, 2012 by stevenk
In my opinion,    
"That one incident is in the past. I think you are forgiven and all is well. If the memory of it is bringing you pain or guilt, then maybe you should pray about it. And maybe talk to the Bishop. But that won't stop your mission if that is it. But prayer and talking with the Bishop may help heal the wound. Although you may not have a problem anymore, you seem like some healing could help."
posted at 21:49:16 on January 21, 2012 by iamstrong
thanks IN MY OPINION    
"thank you for the advice, i was looking for a definiete answer though. DO i or DONT i need to talk to my bishop to be forgiven? I am teachers quarem president and currently hold a temple recommend if that helps."
posted at 22:08:14 on January 21, 2012 by stevenk
thanks IN MY OPINION    
"thank you for the advice, i was looking for a definiete answer though. DO i or DONT i need to talk to my bishop to be forgiven? I am teachers quarem president and currently hold a temple recommend if that helps."
posted at 22:08:14 on January 21, 2012 by stevenk
thanks IN MY OPINION    
"thank you for the advice, i was looking for a definiete answer though. DO i or DONT i need to talk to my bishop to be forgiven? I am teachers quarem president and currently hold a temple recommend if that helps."
posted at 22:08:40 on January 21, 2012 by stevenk
Tell him    
"Tell your bishop! If you feel guilty just tell him. It
Will feel good to get it of your chest"
posted at 22:17:34 on January 21, 2012 by Anonymous
Speak with your bishop    
"You will find him compassionate and understanding, plus the experience and his wise counsel will help you to prevent falling in the future. Stay close to the Lord, do your dailies (scripture study and personal vocal prayer twice a day), magnify your calllings, and you'll be good to go (on your mission)."
posted at 10:13:07 on January 23, 2012 by dog


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