#hearLDSwomen: Bishops Overstep Bounds When Counseling Women
My parents “adopted” my teen sister’s baby just to get the Bishop/LDS Family Services/the baby’s father off their back. The father was told he could go on a mission if he could convince my sister to have the baby adopted out. (My sister remained the baby’s mother in all but name, and she adopted her back officially a few years later.)
A bishop (who is still currently serving) told me I needed to be a better Mormon wife so my husband wouldn’t abuse me. Then he asked me sexually explicit questions about things I did as a teenager right after I disclosed that I was being abused in my home. I was 34.
My absolute worst was a previous bishop telling me if I’d hearken to my husband he would feel better about himself and stop abusing me. And I believed him. It almost cost me my life until I finally had enough. Enough. The culture I came from will not be the one I give to my daughters. #NotOnMyWatch
– Rachel Coleman
Pro Tip: Listen to and empathize with the women in your care. Do not give marriage/family advice you are unqualified to give or ask prying questions about sexuality.
“If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.” (Mark 4:23)