Mormons are encouraged not to disfigure their bodies with tattoos or piercing. If girls or women desire to have their ears pierced, they are encouraged to wear only one pair of modest earrings.
Fads and fashions come and go. Recently, practices like tattooing and body piercing have become popular. The trends of tattooing and body piercing, as with other worldly fashions, are not long lasting, although the marks or scars they leave on the body are often permanent. These worldly fads are practices that members of the Church should choose to avoid because they don’t complement an attitude of respect toward our earthly bodies as the scriptures and prophets teach. Of course, those who have had tattoos prior to joining the Church have no need to feel embarrassed.:~Janet Thomas, “More Than Skin Deep,” New Era, Feb 2001, 44:Tattoos & body piercing comes directly from pagan religions.:Qoshet Alethes
- For the Strength of Youth Dress and Appearance, 14
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