“It’s dj vu all over again” … God orders Mormon therapist to copulate with patient

The Salt Lake Tribune reports:

A woman has sued LDS Family Services for not taking action against a therapist she said convinced her that having sex with him would help her overcome a history of sexual abuse and the demons inside her.

Holbrook told [Jacobsen] that he had prayed in the van of his garage whether or not it was appropriate to have sex with her, according to the suit. Holbrook told Plaintiff that he received an answer from God that they should have a sexual relationship. He further explained that being intimate would help her with her emotional problems.

The two began the sexual relationship in March 2004, the lawsuit states. The first sexual encounter took place in Holbrooks house and they later had sex in motels in Logan, Salt Lake City and Clearfield, at an Ogden campground and at Holbrooks mothers house, the lawsuit states.

dj vu

Joseph's Obedience to the Angel

Right-facing Angel with sword “… the Prophet Joseph unbosomed his heart, and described the trying mental ordeal he experienced in overcoming the repugnance of his feelings, the natural result of the force of education and social custom, relative to the introduction of plural marriage. He knew the voice of God he knew the commandment of the Almighty to him was to go forward to set the example, and establish Celestial plural marriage. He knew that he had not only his own prejudices and prepossessions to combat and to overcome, but those of the whole Christian world stared him in the face; but God, who is above all, had given the commandment, and He must be obeyed. Yet the Prophet hesitated and deferred from time to time, until an angel of God stood by him with a drawn sword, and told him that, unless he moved forward and established plural marriage, his Priesthood would be taken from him and he should be destroyed! This testimony he not only bore to my brother, but also to others a testimony that cannot be gainsayed.” Left-facing Angel with sword

P.S.:Joseph claimed an angel had to threaten him with his life before he would practice polygamy, but the fact that he professed love for Fanny shows that he did not need that much persuasion.”


One of Mormonism’s founding whoppers strikes again.

Mormon leader Boyd K. Packer has famously said, “Some things that are true are not very useful.” I think this latest criminal abuse of authority demonstrates that some things that are false are downright pernicious:

“You never understood that touching …

… can be a part of the treatment.”

We’ve gotten confirmed that there is a secret group, a conspiracy … in a particularly sensitive part of the official administration.

And is it just me or isn’t Noomi Rapace the millennials’ answer to Franka Potente?

Chino Blanco

--- We are men of action, lies do not become us. ---

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6 Responses

  1. aerin says:

    I’ve long thought that therapists for LDS FS should be licensed, trained and regulated. I hope this sad case shines a spotlight on unregulated amateur therapists. Not all LDS FS are amateurs, of course. And this happens with professionals too. But it is less likely.

  2. kuri says:

    The article doesn’t say what qualifications Holbrook held, but apparently he was a licensed therapist at the time.

    I think this is the saddest part:

    After Holbrook told Jacobsen he would not leave his wife for her as they had discussed, the woman attempted suicide and is now a ward of the state, according to the lawsuit.

    It seems that five years later she is still so ill that she can’t take care of herself.

  3. Lisa says:

    yay for worthy priesthood temple-recommend bearing LDS therapists?

  4. Madame Curie says:

    Like Kuri states, according to the article he was a licensed therapist at the time. He has since had his licensing revoked by the Department of Professional Licensing (seriously? That’s the name of the licensing board? Is that for real?)

    The thing that makes this non-standard from a Mormon perspective is the fact that the therapist promised to leave his wife. Very non-polygamous.

    I don’t know much about how the Church moderates its LDSFS therapists. I do know that I had an absolutely terrible therapist through them. She argued that my frustrations over women not holding the priesthood stem from the fact that I can’t see Heavenly Father as a man b/c I had a bad relationship with my own dad.

    Um. . . yeah.

  5. aerin says:

    This type of thing does happen in the licensed, regulated world. But LDS FS is not regulated (that I know of). They do not have to follow the same standards that professional therapists have to follow. By the way, part of the reason those standards came into being was that abuses happened between therapists and their patients.

    Also, I think this should be true for all religious organizations that offer talk therapy or cognitive behavioral therapy. They should be regulated just like other therapists, and have to follow certain standards (as well as have certain training). It wouldn’t help all abuses (of course) but it might help some.

  6. Ren says:

    Therapists using their position to take advantage of patients isn’t very unusual, sadly. What is notably jacked up about this scenario is people using “God told me” as a way of influencing and harming others. When what deity supposedly told people flies in the face of logic and harms people, what sort of God is that? Not the kind that deserves respect.

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