“If I’ve stopped viewing pornography on my own, do I still have to talk to the bishop?” New Era, July 2017
If you’ve been viewing pornography, you’re encouraged to “seek the help you need. Your parents and bishop can help you take the steps necessary to repent and rid yourself of this destructive habit” (For the Strength of Youth , 12).
If you’ve stopped viewing pornography on your own, the question isn’t really whether or not you’re still “required” to talk to your bishop about it. The real question is “Why not talk to my bishop?” There really is no downside to it. He will be understanding and encouraging, and he will be pleased with the efforts you’ve made to forsake your past sins. The bishop can help you resolve any lingering doubts you may have regarding your worthiness and the thoroughness of your repentance. And he can help you strengthen your faith and trust in Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice. For similar reasons, you should also consider talking to your parents.