Do Mormons oppose beards?

Posted on April 3, 2006 at 7:46 pm

Current issues

Follow Gramps:

Print Friendly

Dear Gramps,

I enjoy reading your question & answer articles. Now, I’ve got a question for you. Why is there such a strong unwritten policy on facial hair for men in leadership positions in the Church? When I look back at our beloved Prophets, it wasn’t so long ago they all had beards. I know that the hippie days of scraggly beards are over, but do you think there is a place for a well groomed beard in our Church these days? Sincerely,

Pat, from Arizona

Dear Pat,

I think that the key words are “a well groomed beard.” Social customs change from time to time. In the earlier days of the Church, when men shaved with straight razors, beards were generally grown and were perceived as a mark of distinction and good grooming. With the advent of more efficient shaving methods, fully shaved faces became more popular. Then the anti-establishment group began to use scraggly, unkept beards as an expression of defiance of the establishment. An unkempt appearance still gives the impression of a person in rebellion or without much self respect. But I would imagine that a neatly groomed beard would still give the impression of a person who held himself in esteem and would be perfectly acceptable in the Church as well as in the respectable community.

Gramps

Summary
Article Name
Do Mormons oppose beards? - Ask Gramps - Q and A about Mormon Doctrine
Author
Description
Why is there such a strong unwritten policy on facial hair for men in leadership positions in the Church? When I look back at our beloved Prophets, it wasn't so long ago they all had beards.
  • Paul

    Gramps,
    Last year Elder Gene R. Cook came to Arizona to reorganize our stake presidency. The outgoing president wore a mustache. Elder Cook commented on his facial hair. The president’s response was that he did not know that it was a rule. Elder Cook told him that while the Brethren have not made any formal pronouncements regarding facial hair, they hoped that local leaders would see their examples and follow suit. The next day at the conference he ha a cleanly shaven face. While not a big deal in most people’s eyes, it was a good example on supporting the Brethren.

    Paul

Follow Gramps:

Did Brigham Young really make a comment about unmarried men?

April 15, 2014 8:53 am

Question Gramps, “Men above the age of 25 and aren’t married are a menace to society” is a quote I hear a lot of members of the Church (more)

What will happen to my own salvation?

April 14, 2014 9:30 am

Question Gramps, My husband and I were sealed in the temple 20 years ago and have 5 children. We have been active in the church this whole time. (more)

How can I get over my anxiousness about being the only unwed mother in my ward?

April 13, 2014 8:28 am

Question Dear Gramps, I am a single unwed mother who is newly baptized into the LDS church. As well as looking for a church that practiced what it (more)

Why were the printing presses of the Nauvoo Expositor destroyed?

April 12, 2014 7:51 am

Question Gramps, Why did Joseph Smith have the offices of the Nauvoo Exposiorr ransacked and the printing press destroyed and thrown into the middle of the street? Steve (more)

How do you become a forgiving person even when there is pain?

April 11, 2014 5:31 am

Question Gramps, I have a friend who is a forgiving person, however, my friend keeps forgiving others while they take advantage of hurting my friend. I tried telling (more)

Am I condemned for living off of Social Security?

April 10, 2014 8:53 am

Question Gramps, I just read your answer to Robert’s question about retiring and living off of Social Security. He quoted President Kimball’s October 1977 General Conference address that (more)

Why did 1/3 part of God’s children not accept Christ’s plan?

April 9, 2014 8:58 am

Question Gramps, Why didn’t 1/3 part of God’s children accept God’s plan of salvation?  What was the main reason they followed Satan? Raja   Answer Raja, This is (more)

Were civil marriages ever performed in temples?

April 8, 2014 7:56 am

Question Gramps, Were civil marriages ever performed in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint temples? If so, what was the time frame? Thanks. Sarah   Answer (more)

Why does there have to be 3 in the Godhead?

April 7, 2014 7:56 am

Question Gramps, Why does there have to be three in the Godhead or why is there three in the Godhead? Thanks, Jesus   Answer Dear Jesus, By having (more)

Does unrighteous dominion apply even in the work place?

April 6, 2014 6:20 am

Question Gramps, I would like to prove to my boss that unrighteous dominion applies to the work place as well as in the home. He is a Bishop (more)

What is the Mormon belief regarding the Spear of Destiny?

April 5, 2014 9:48 am

Question Gramps, What is the church’s understanding or belief in regards to the spear of destiny. Do we believe in its existence? I’m pretty sure we don’t believe (more)

Why do some have more trials than others?

April 4, 2014 9:31 am

Question Gramps, Why do some get so many trials while others are happy and prosperous? Why don’t people understand me and force me to do things I don’t (more)