I really admire the courage of a 12 year old LDS girl named Savannah. In May, she bore an amazing testimony at church. Last Sunday, I showed this video to my wife and two of my daughters. They all said it was a beautiful testimony. And…that it’s unfortunate she was cut off. They speculated that if this had happened in our ward, she would not have been shut down. The members would have rallied around her in love and support.
We ought to treasure and embrace our gay children!!! All of us!!!
For Savannah’s testimony, click HERE.
So Many Other 12 Year Old Mormons
I cringe at the thought of what will happen tomorrow in Mormon chapels all across the country. Twelve year old girls, like Savannah, will be taken behind closed doors, alone, by an older man. He will proceed to ask the innocent young girl questions of a personal sexual nature, like, “Do you touch yourself down there?” He will have no professional training. He will not have the parents’ permission for his probing questions. Frequently, the parents will have no idea that the inappropriate interview even took place. Often, the 12 year old child will not understand the questions. The man, the only other person behind the closed door, may then give additional graphic details.
Tomorrow, this will not only happen with 12 year old girls, but with 12 year old boys. 13 year old girls. 13 year old boys. 14 year old girls. 14 year old boys. 15 year old girls. 15 year old boys. 16 year old girls. 16 year old boys. And who knows at what age it stops? Or IF it stops? If you are OK with this practice….well, that’s fine with me. They are your children. Every person outside of the church, who I’ve brought this up to, has been horrified. Frankly, I AM TOO. I wish I’d known this was going on with my own 2 youngest children…when it was going on. But, I had no idea. Bad on me.
Behind Closed Doors–Don’t Let it Happen An account of a Mormon dad protecting his child during an inappropriate interview.
Happy 12th Birthday! Let Me Ask, Do You Masturbate? Some members don’t believe this interview practice is actually happening in the church. This post relates numerous accounts.