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LDS Worthiness Interviews and Lay Clergy


There’s a petition challenging the way Mormon bishops discuss sexuality with young men and women. Intimate questions come up in interviews conducted one-on-one by adult men. We’ll look at the potential risks, and the pros and cons of untrained clergy.

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Wednesday, we’re talking about a petition that’s making a stir in some Mormon circles. Sam Young is a former LDS bishop, but he’s worried about the way lay clergy discuss sexuality with Mormon youth. It can come up in interviews that determine a young man or woman’s temple worthiness, but they’re conducted one-on-one by adult men, behind closed doors. So, we’re asking about the potential risks in these encounters, and about the limitations and strengths of untrained religious leaders.


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