By donna
10/4/2013 12:17:55 AM
So I have finally stopped, but I'm not sure if its one of those things I need to talk to bishop about or just pray to heavenly father. I have already prayed to god bit not sure if I should talk to bishop. I've always been scared to talk to people about things I do, because I get scared they are going to judge me. For the mistakes I have made. If I do what am I suppose to say to the bishop? I want to get a temple recommen but not sure if I am suppose to talk to bishop if I have prayed to god about the m word. Please some help me I am confused and I don't know what to do. I'm 18 and scared to talk to bishop thinking he is going to judge me.


"Donna - welcome to the site.

Please, please don't be afraid. Fear is the opposite of faith. If you are questioning that you might need to go talk to your Bishop, then you need to go. If nothing else, you should go and ask, "This is what this the type of thing I need to come and talk to you about." If it is a word of wisdom or chastity issue then yes you do need to go.

But you know what? It is going to be ok. Your Bishop is there to help you and guide you. Talking to Bishops can be such a wonderful, loving, liberating experience. Don't be afraid of it. You can do this!"
posted at 07:31:04 on October 4, 2013 by maddy
Different Opinion    
"Honestly, if all you've ever done wrong when it comes to the law of chastity is masturbation, I don't think you need to talk to the bishop. Especially if you have stopped on your own.

If you need some help feeling better about it, talking to the bishop might help. The Lord inspires these men to know what to do and how to act. If talking to your bishop brings you peace, then go for it. If it scares you too much, just forget about it. The Lord is kind and merciful. He just wants us to become better than we are."
posted at 11:08:05 on October 4, 2013 by ETTE
By the way,    
"The bishop is a judge in Israel. His job is to judge you. But trust me, he will not think less of you if you admit this to him. The judgment from the bishop is used to determine whether or not you are worthy. I have confessed to more than 16 bishops, and none of them have ever made me feel lesser. They are so full of compassion and the Spirit."
posted at 11:10:57 on October 4, 2013 by ETTE
"And you will know what to do."
posted at 13:12:23 on October 4, 2013 by Anonymous

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