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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 attending.

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.

Mormon church president warns parents about about "lewd" concerts, raves
St Louis MO Post-Dispatch (AP) 24Sep00 N1


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