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  1. LumosLDS

    Geographical Confession Issue

    You think so? I just always assumed any type of pornography use needed to go through the bishop.
  2. LumosLDS

    Geographical Confession Issue

    Thank you all. I am a member, if there was any confusion haha. I was feeling especially stressed because "now I'm a returned missionary so shouldn't I be better?" is where my mind was going. In my total freak out it truly did not occur to me that I could use technology to Skype or something with my Bishop back at home. I have a really strong testimony of Repentance so I feel ok, not ok about my sin, but ok in that I know what this process is like to a degree and that I can make things okay again. I'm going to think and pray on it, but I think I'd feel better about going to see a Bishop in person so for now I'm thinking I'll go with that unless I feel differently. Thanks to everyone for your kindness and this non-judgemental atmosphere, I wish everyone in the church would have this kind of experience (whether online or in their wards and families) when seeking help.
  3. LumosLDS

    Geographical Confession Issue

    Thanks everyone for the replies! I'm not so concerned about my records necessarily, but if the bishop here would have the authority to help me out. I've been trying to figure it out or if the church has a stance/guidelines about this sort of situation but I'm not finding much.
  4. LumosLDS

    Geographical Confession Issue

    Alright, so, basically I need some advice. I'm staying in another country for 3 months, just got here a couple of weeks ago. (Originally from the US). I used to struggle with pornography a little bit and repented of it all a while ago. Earlier today, I had a relapse and looked at some. I have been 100% clean ever since I first confessed, well over a year ago. I want to confess and do so without delay! I was thinking I would just go to church in the country I'm in this Sunday (they have both branches and wards close to me, or at least that I can manage to get to). I was feeling so good and hopeful... But then realized that my records weren't moved over here... So does that mean I couldn't confess to a bishop here because I'm not under that "jurisdiction" or whatever word would go there? I want to repent as soon as possible and not have this hanging over me. There is also a temple here I wanted to go to and now I'm not sure if I should before confessing. But if I can't confess while I'm here what am I supposed to do? I'm only home for a short time when I return from this country before I go to one of the BYU schools, less than a week. I'm afraid of confessing right when I get there because I'm afraid of the academic consequences I would face, especially seeing as it would be my first semester there transferring in from another university. While I recognize fully the severity of this type of sin I don't want to be kicked out and don't think I should be since this was a slip-up for me and I'm trying to be better. I just want to confess and feel better and more fortified. I'm also afraid if I wait I'll lose the courage to do so. Can I confess to a bishop here in the country I'm in! Clearly, I'm freaking out and spiraling, please help.