Summarized by Kent Larsen
Hinckley Relief Society Remarks Make National News
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- A news story about LDS Church President
Gordon B. Hinckley's remarks during the LDS Church's General Relief
Society Meeting on Saturday evening made the associated press'
newswire and were picked up by newspapers throughout the US. The
story indicates that Hinckley "warned mothers" about "degrading
concerts and drug-ridden dance parties" that their children may be
President Hinckley's remarks seemed to be in response to a recent
concert in Salt Lake City, saying that "It is reported that the acts
of that evening's entertainment were lewd and evil. They were
loathsome and downgrading. They were representative of the foulest
aspects of life. There was no beauty in them. ... There was only
ugliness and depravity. It was sleaze in its worst form.'' He did not
specify which concert it was.
He went on to suggest that parents facilitate these concerts and
parties by giving their teenagers money to attend, and suggesting
that parental involvement is the only solution. "I know of no better
answer to these foul practices ... than the teachings of a mother,
given in love with an unmistakable warning,'' he said.
Hinckley also condemned the use of tattoos and body piercing, saying
"I submit that it is not adornment. It is making ugly that which was
attractive.'' He indicated that he will give the same advice to
Fathers in the Church's General Priesthood Meeting on October 7th.
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