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Gramps,

After seeing the beautiful video of the tattooed Mormon, I wonder about those getting tattoos/piercings after receiving the blessings of baptism, and the temple. Are we advised or even commanded not to alter the temple of God in this way? I have always had a very strong desire to get some gently beautiful artwork but, have always abstained because I feel the Lord would be disappointed in this decision.

Bradley

 

Answer

 

Bradley,

Here’s Gordon B. Hinckley on the matter:

What creation is more magnificent than the human body? What a wondrous thing it is as the crowning work of the Almighty.

 

Paul, in writing to the Corinthians, said: “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

 

“If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are” (1 Cor. 3:16–17).

 

Did you ever think that your body is holy? You are a child of God. Your body is His creation. Would you disfigure that creation with portrayals of people, animals, and words painted into your skin?

 

I promise you that the time will come, if you have tattoos, that you will regret your actions. They cannot be washed off. They are permanent. Only by an expensive and painful process can they be removed. If you are tattooed, then probably for the remainder of your life you will carry it with you. I believe the time will come when it will be an embarrassment to you. Avoid it. We, as your Brethren who love you, plead with you not to become so disrespectful of the body which the Lord has given you.

Need I say more?

Gramps

 

 

 

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