For many years tattoos and ornamental piercings were not an actual difficulty for participants of the Mormon Church. Until the year 2000, there was simplest one connection with tattooing in all of Mormon teaching and that changed into in the 1965 unofficial non-public ebook Mormon Doctrine through Mormon Apostle, Bruce R. McConkie. It states; “Tattooing is a desecration of the human frame and must now not be approved unless all that is involved in the setting of a blood kind or an identification number in a difficult to understand the place. Latter-day Saint servicemen specifically are suggested to avoid the pitfalls of tattooing. Persons who are tattooed aren’t, but, denied the ordinances and blessings of the temple.”
In the October 2000 General Conference, the first of many “councils” towards tattooing turned into announced.
“We–the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve–have taken the position, and I quote, that “the Church discourages tattoos. It additionally discourages the piercing of the frame for other than medical purposes, even though it takes no position at the minimum piercing of the ears with the aid of girls for one pair of rings.” President Gordon B. Hinckley
At the time my husband and I were very energetic, temple endorses preserving members of the church and was running a tattoo studio without any prejudice for many years. We have been in no way handled poorly or kept away from by using the members of our Ward or Stake. Our Stake President’s wife more than as soon as delivered her children to our studio to get tattoos. It becomes any such non-issue that one of the ways I billed myself in advertising changed into Kita Kazoo the Mormon Girl Tattoo Artist.
Since then we both had been subjected to many discussions and debates on the right or incorrect of getting and doing tattoos and piercings. At first I might shield my preference of profession the usage of the scriptures, but subsequently, I were given bored with it and started out asking folks that questioned me to explain to me, what terrible thing could appear in our society if absolutely everyone had a tattoo? After all, sins are the ones things that violate the golden rule and hold us from loving each other, not matters which include, what garb we wear or how we do our hair.
Now, 8 years later the entire issue of tattoos and piercings has in my opinion gotten out of hand. Now it isn’t always so surprising to discover that the neighborhood church authorities, inclusive of bishops, stake presidents, and temple presidents are taking it upon themselves to punish contributors who pick out to get a tattoo. Not just in Utah, but everywhere in the international. This has emerged as any such big issue that human beings are leaving the church over it.
Some human beings who’ve tattoos are informed not to take the sacrament and others are not allowed get admission to the temple. Some are being cautioned to no longer marry those who’ve tattoos and piercings. As has been a 30+ year pupil of Mormonism and its records I sense that this behavior is not in step with the lessons of Mormonism or Christianity in any manner.
Mormons aren’t the most effective religion that superstitiously believes that tattoos are an evil and to is averted as they supposedly will cause worse sins. Many Christian Churches and Jewish Rabbi’s do additionally. And there are appropriate reasons for a religion to not want their flock to get tattoos or piercings.
Getting a tattoo now not best modifications the manner you look but it also modifications the way you think and feel approximately yourself. It is a clear message that you feel that you are the proprietor of your frame and worse of all (to spiritual leaders), your mind!
Historically tattoos were used as an expression of faith and commitment. One might think that getting a symbol of your beliefs tattooed on one’s self might be encouraged. However, because of the current history of American tattooing and the popularizations of tattooing, tattoos are being presented with the aid of the media and politicians as a risky entertainment. It isn’t always new for counter-lifestyle decorations to be considered as repulsive to a number of the elders of our society.
When I heard at General Conference that President Gordon Hinckley (the cutting-edge Mormon Church President) does now not like tattoos and some piercings I turned into no longer surprised. The tattoos he has been exposed to in his childhood had been typically not very well completed or artistic. Unlike today, tattooed humans of his technology, mainly in socially backward Utah may have regarded appealing only to criminals or difficult army guys, now not average everyday people with families and lives of precise account.
To further the damage of one’s personal opinion of style being said as if it is a law from God, President Hinckley permits for one form of permanent decorative trade to ones look and now not another, which seems hypocritical to me. Mr. Hinckley permits in the church for girls to have their faces tattooed with everlasting cosmetics and wear pierced earrings, (but one pair most effective – one in every ear) as the ones are socially suited within his peer institution.
I sense that those nonsecular leaders are unaware of tattoo records as a religious exercise and typically trivialize tattoos and piercings as immoral and frivolous behaviors of rebellion due to the fact they do no longer need their fans to appear like each person else. It is an energy game and not anything more. If they are able to control the manner you appearance they’ll control the way you believe you studied and experience.
I suspect that the shunning of persons with tattoos and piercings is actually a part of the whole elitist idea pattern of Mormonism in Utah. Those who’ve no longer accomplished their homework are positive to trust that in case you seem like a Gentile (any non-Mormon) you will act like a Gentile, this means that to Mormons which you are without God and are basically led by using the Devil.
However, it has been my revel in that tattoos do now not cause sin. Being uninformed and willing to blindly comply without question is what leads to sin and private disgrace.
If you are LDS and nonetheless considering a tattoo you should first be asking your self these questions. Does my tattoo preference mirror my ideas or will they distract from my message of who I am? Am I getting tattooed because I want to immortalize an occasion in my life, a perception or to rebel towards the mainstream way of life? Will this tattoo or piercing save you me from being a good man or woman? The solutions to those questions will help you realize if you are doing the right issue or reacting poorly to your society. It is my opinion that in case you feel having a tattoo might be a wholesome nice component for you, then by means of all manner exercise your very own suitable judgment and unfastened organization and get one.