If you have masturbated and have repented and in a temple recommend are asked if there is any sins that have not been confessed, is masturbation something that has to be confessed to priesthood authority in order to repent of it? Thanks gramps, love your wisdom.
A quick answer to your question is yes.
A useful article on the role of a Bishop in repentance, and when to see him–Why and What Do I need to Confess to my Bishop states:
“Some mistakes, especially those regarding immorality, require confession to the bishop before you can receive the Lord’s forgiveness.”
Masturbation would fall into this category.
Now, one of the things about masturbation is that it’s very addictive and hard to stop once the habit has been developed. Often times people fall, repent, are good for a few months, and then fall again. If you’re trapped in this cycle, I would advise you to get help. That is what a Bishop is for.
If you have confessed to your Bishop, truly repented and ceased this behavior, then Jesus says:
“Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more.” (D&C 58:42)
If God Himself isn’t going to remember a repented sin, then why should you?