Dialogue Out Loud #16: Fear, Faith, and Other F-Words

February 18, 2022

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I’m sitting in the bishop’s office. My dress is slightly damp, but I can’t determine whether the moisture is a result of the snowstorm or sweat beading beneath the cotton. I haven’t eaten since yesterday, so I can’t vomit, but the churning in my stomach wants to prove otherwise.

The bishop has the questions memorized. He’s looking me straight in the eye. “Do you keep the law of chastity?”

In this important and beautiful personal essay, T Boyd describes how OCD/anxiety affect their religious life.