Mormon church president urges men to shun tattoos

Posted: Friday, May 21, 2004

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) President Gordon B. Hinckley urged priesthood holders most male members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to honor women, live clean lives and not get tattoos.

Hinckley said of tattoos, ''If you have ever considered such an idea, pause and ask the Lord about it,'' adding that the human body is a temple of God. ''How can any boy who blesses or passes the sacrament have a tattoo?''

Hinckley spoke to mark the 175th anniversary of what Mormons believe was the restoration of the Christian priesthood, bestowed upon church founder Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery near Harmony, Pa., by a resurrected John the Baptist.

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