Do I Need to confess to my bishop?

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Do I Need to confess to my bishop?

Postby Cuban234 » Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:44 am

A while ago ( already have stopped) I viewed pornography sent nudes of myself and participated in talking immorally to multiple people. I already have forsaken it but I feel bad and plead with god that I’m sorry it happened about 3 years ago. Do I need to talk to my bishop?

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Re: Do I Need to confess to my bishop?

Postby cyclOps » Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:55 am

I would.

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Re: Do I Need to confess to my bishop?

Postby e-eye2.0 » Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:16 am

Confession is part of repentance. Some confession is done to the Lord and more serious stuff you go to the bishop. You should talk to the bishop. Sending nude pictures is pretty serious. Due to the fact that it's been 3 years I would be surprised if there was any discipline needed but just a necessary step that will allow you to move on and forget what happened. Don't carry it with you any more and trust me you will walk out of that meeting on a cloud.

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Re: Do I Need to confess to my bishop?

Postby LdsMarco » Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:29 am

Cuban234 wrote:
Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:44 am
A while ago ( already have stopped) I viewed pornography sent nudes of myself and participated in talking immorally to multiple people. I already have forsaken it but I feel bad and plead with god that I’m sorry it happened about 3 years ago. Do I need to talk to my bishop?
As 2nd Counselor of the Bishopric, this is what I think.

I think you should. Only because it's still bothering you. If it's been 3 yrs ago and you have forsaken/repented from your sins, then I think the problem has been solved through you and the Lord. But since it's still bothering you, then I think it would be a good idea to make it complete by talking to your bishop. I am sure he will agree what I am saying here.

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Re: Do I Need to confess to my bishop?

Postby inho » Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:58 am

LdsMarco wrote:
Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:29 am
Cuban234 wrote:
Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:44 am
A while ago ( already have stopped) I viewed pornography sent nudes of myself and participated in talking immorally to multiple people. I already have forsaken it but I feel bad and plead with god that I’m sorry it happened about 3 years ago. Do I need to talk to my bishop?
As 2nd Counselor of the Bishopric, this is what I think.

I think you should. Only because it's still bothering you. If it's been 3 yrs ago and you have forsaken/repented from your sins, then I think the problem has been solved through you and the Lord. But since it's still bothering you, then I think it would be a good idea to make it complete by talking to your bishop. I am sure he will agree what I am saying here.
I agree with this. You haven't got over it by yourself in three years, so talking to someone might help you.

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Re: Do I Need to confess to my bishop?

Postby eddie » Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:47 pm

Confession is cleansing, the fact that you discussed it here tells me you need to talk with the Bishop, it will help you, he loves you and will give you good council and mercy.

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Re: Do I Need to confess to my bishop?

Postby tdj » Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:21 am

Cuban234 wrote:
Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:44 am
A while ago ( already have stopped) I viewed pornography sent nudes of myself and participated in talking immorally to multiple people. I already have forsaken it but I feel bad and plead with god that I’m sorry it happened about 3 years ago. Do I need to talk to my bishop?

I agree mostly with the advice given here. Sending nude photos to another adult if neither of you are married, isn't all that serious. Although it's important to keep in mind that the internet is FOREVER. But it's tacky, and certainly NOT up the standards set for us as Christians.

If this is bothering you, then it's probably because God is dealing with you over some sort of unfinished business associated with it. Do you trust your bishop? Deep down do your instincts tell you that he would be the right man to confess this too? I'd trust my bishop with just about anything because he's just that kind of guy, but not all bishops are worthy of their calling.

Pray, and ask God to show you what all you need to do. If you fee the strong prompting to tell your bishop, then trust issues or not, it might be a good idea to tell him anyway. It's also possible that this is just a hangup of yours where you need to let go and forgive yourself.

You don't have to say, but just ponder this: Was there anything particularly bad, vile or heinous about sending the nudes? I mean are you married, or was it to a minor or anything? If so, then THAT issue, and not so much sending the pictures might be what's actually troubling you.


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