It added: "Local church leaders are provided with instructions regarding youth interviews and are expected to review and follow them. Mr Sheppard says between the ages of 16 and 19 he had "a few girlfriends" with whom he had intimate relationships, without having sex. He did not conduct interviews but acted as an advisor to people who did.
But he also now believes the interviews must be scrapped. They have caused controversy in the US, and now in the UK - where the church says there arebelievers - baabes campaign to stop the practice is gaining ground.
The Mormon Church said it "condemns any inappropriate behaviour regardless of where or when it occurs". Related Topics.
In the Mormon Church - officially known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - sex outside of marriage, pornography and masturbation are banned. Rebel Wilson must repay defamation win The most controversial element of the interviews relates to something known les "the law of chastity", though some bishops choose not to ask questions about sex.