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By Kent Larsen

Hinckley Warns Youth Against Tattoos, Body-Piercing

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- At the first church-wide fireside directed to LDS youth in many years, Church President Gordon B. Hinckley repeated his call for youth to avoid pornography, tattoos, body-piercing and "lascivious" rock music. Hinckley's remarks repeated his recent calls in the LDS Relief Society's general meeting September 23rd and the Priesthood session of General Conference on October 8th, for parents to keep their children from these practices.

The fireside was hosted in the LDS Church's new Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City. Up to 21,000 heard President Hinckley's remarks there and thousands more heard his remarks over the church's satellite network at local stake centers and chapels. The fireside was directed to young, single adults aged 14 to 25.

"Be grateful; be smart; be clean," Hinckley told those attending the fireside. "We live in a world . . . that reeks of evil. Your body is [God's] creation. Would you disfigure that creation with portrayals of people, animals and words painted into your skin?" Hinckley suggested that eventually tattoos become a source of embarrassment and told young men that earrings "are not manly" and that they "look better without them." He also called for young women to limit themselves to just one pair of earrings, "you do not need to drape rings up and down your ears. One modest pair is sufficient."

Hinckley's call has lead BYU to make changes to its dress and grooming code. The university recently announced that it will require women to wear no more than one set of earrings.


Hinckley Sternly Admonishes LDS Youth at Fireside Talk
Salt Lake Tribune 13Nov00 N1
By Kevin Cantera: Salt Lake Tribune

Honor Code change takes earring stand
BYU NewsNet 8Nov00 N1
By Christina Broadbent: NewsNet Staff Writer

President Hinckley addresses youth
BYU NewsNet 13Nov00 N1
By Erin Kingrey: NewsNet Staff Writer


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