Douglas Coy Miles, my father, was the original producer of the CTR ring for the
LDS Church. He was brought an idea by the Primary committee, and he was
responsible for translating an idea into a practical reality. He crafted a piece
of jewelry that would have lasting value for the children, while being
inexpensive to produce. He worked with designer Joel Izatt to refine the
symbol, and came up with the first (and best for the money) CTR ring. He also
consulted with the Primary on how best to utilize it within the program to
motivate youth to "Choose the Right."The LDS Church typically
retains and registers copyrights to items produced for it, but someone dropped
the ball and it fell into the public domain, hence the plethora of rings
produced for adults. I do not know if they pay any royalties to the Church.Later suppliers of the CTR ring to the church undercut my father's bid
by a few pennies per ring, and he lost the account. Those later rings did not
have the same quality or durability. The sustained popularity of the CTR ring
is a testament to his creative vision and determination.
I met Mr.Douglas Miles in 1969 at a hotel in Taipei. Ever Since I worked with
him till 1983. He was a great man. We keep our friendship till the last day. We
have wonderful time together. One day he told me his war story that he saw a
Japanses battle ship near Philippine, he called bombers and sank that ship. He
felt very excited about what he did. We supplied many jewelry items and gift
items to Cheverolet and the church. I still keep many of his photoes in these
years. His last trip to Taiwan, he gave me an American flag which I precious
very much. He was the first man to teach me the Western way of business. Now I
work with Europeans to handle the toxicate waste in many countries. I wish he
can work with me again.He is a great person you feel like to work with all
your life. I miss him.
I work for the website you may have purchased your ring from - TheCTRStore.com.
The languages on the ring are: chinese/japanese, danish/norwegian/swedish,
english/portugese, french, german, and spanish! Hope this helps!
I recently purchased a CTR slider ring for my son with several different
inscriptions on it. Each incription is a different language meaning Choose The
Right. Does anyone have one and can you tell me what each different language is.
I know the Spanish and Hawaiian versins. Thanks for any help.
Speaking of other meanings of CTR, every time going out the door to the Temple
with my husband, he'll ask, do you have your CTR? (Current Temple Recommond!)
For years I wore a CTR ring that was in the Hawaiian language. (KKP, Koho Ka'a
Pono) I think that is the right words. I wore it in Saudi Arabia during Desert
Storm. I had more conversations about religion over that little ring than I can
count! I simply said "It means Choose The Right, or in other words "Do the right
thing all the time." I always got positive feedback. Sadly that ring got bent
while working on the car and I took it off and lost it. I have a new one and I
wear it all the time.Jay
He sounds like a very talented man in many areas, and a man who loved the Lord.
RIP.I "was saddened" to see the ad Des News put on the page that I
read this story on. An ad from some resort in NV, picturing a naked woman
laying on her stomach, with only a towel across her buttocks. Rose petals are
scattered around her, which I assume is designed to lend an elegant look - but
the red splotches and her position make one wonder if she is dead and those are
blood spots.Very distracting and quite incongruent with the story at
hand.Des News? CHOOSE THE RIGHT. Get RID of that ad. A Mormon
paper has no call to use nudity in any of its ads.Appalled in GA
What fun it is to come up with other meanings!
I choose to use the adult version for business."cover thy rear"it is nicer than CYABUt personally I tink the CTR ring is
How much money do you think the church has made off of this guy? Well done, thou
good and faithful servant!
To answer a previously posted ??Latter-day Saints/Mormons RECOGNIZE
the significance of The Cross >> That Jesus Diedon that Cross at Calvary
on that First Good Friday is MOST BASIC to LDS/Mormon Belief!!(That
belief is Basic to most Christian Belief)Most Catholic and Protestant
believers also DO Share that same Basic belief.The
LDS/Mormons, however, like to put more emphasis on the Ressurection Part of the
Easter story than the Cruxificion. Easter does have TWO days to remember: Good
Friday and Easter Sunday.Most Historians would say that the Cross
being considered the "symbol" of Christianity came longafter the origial
events. Many Early Christians, before the adoption of the Cross happened in
time, wore fish on a necklace around their necks. This is where "the fish"
symbol that some Christian groups use today comes from. There's even someChristian music radio stations that call themselves "The Fish".LDS/Mormons generally don't wear crosses, but that no way diminishes the
belief in what Jesus DID!!The emphasis is on the Rising from the Dead, the
Resurrection!!The Angel Moroni which is symbolized on many, but not
all, LDS Temples is an LDS symbol representing the Restoration of the Gospel
I'm a bit confused; does this article refer to the man who commercialized the
ring or the person who created the original ring for the LDS church? I know originally, Naomi W. Randall (author for the words to "I am a Child of
God" and 1st counselor in the LDS General Primary Presidency to Sister Parmley)
led a committee that was asked by LDS leaders to create a symbol to be used by
the Primary children. The committee came up with the idea of the CTR ring. Did this man create the ring at the request of the committee (the green
and silver ring that is used in the LDS primaries), or did he commercialize the
original ring and make it into rings that are purchased at jewelry stores? I'd
appreciate Deseret News clarifying this so we get accurate history rather than
Wow! That is awesome!! I am grateful to him for all he brought to the church! He
will be missed!
Do Mormons wear crosses around their necks? I honestly don't know. But I am
sure someone will tell me.
Does anyone know who owns the CTR rights? Someone is making a mint off this
little marketing gimick to the mormons.
"Praise to the Man" is the name of a hymn in theLDS Hymnbook that Praises
Joseph Smith Jr., the one who, as a 14 year old, had the First Vision
where he testifies that he saw God and Jesus and had dialogue with them. That
was the beginning event in a series of events that led to theestablishment
of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.Whether
Katie was referring to Joseph Smith orBrother Miles, who created the idea
of the CTRRing, only Katie knows.The whole idea of the "CTR"
ring comes from another hymn that is in the LDS Hymnbook entitled "ChooseThe Right" .... 'when a choice placed before you'... choose the right,
there's safety for the soul....' meaning in seesnce choosing what Jesus would
want us to choose. But it IS our Choice. It's a hymn about making choices of
priority and choosing the best (Right) Choice. If one wears the ring, it's like
a reminder. This is generally given first to children in their growing
years.Hope this helps to answer questions...God Bless...
Re: Should I know this?katie's praising the gentleman that died.
Praise to the man is also a phrase we use to honor Joseph Smith. It is also a
hymn(song) title of one of our most treasured hymns.
re: katieThanks for the thoughtful response. I appreciate it.PS - Who's "the man"?
Re: Should I know this?A CTR ring is "kinda" like a cross for
mormons. It's an acronymn the LDS church members use. We wear it to remember to
choose the right and remember we are children of god and should act accordingly.
I personally have not only a ring, but I have a necklace as well. I love both
very much. They are my most prized posessions. :) Praise to the man!
I don't see any mention in this piece what a "CTR ring" is? Did I miss
For most my life CTR has meant the same to me as most of you...Choose The Right.
Now I am older, the symbol has double meaning to me CHOOSE THE RED. I was happy
to see that Bro Miles attend both UTAH and BYU. Maybe fans from both schools can
appreciate all he has done too help us all remember who we are and how we should
behave.THANKS and rest in peace.
Brother Miles certainly left a Great Legacy.May we all be inspired
to leave behind ussomething Good that Blesses others.
CTR, what an eternal symbol of faith and love.Thank-you & RIP!
great works thank you ,dee
You know, you never know the person behind the song or the ring or many other
things. I just know that this ring was in it's own way a sacred reminder to
youth and adults of "choosing the right". Bless this man for the gift he has
given to many and I hope his posterity will never forget.
I never knew the man till now, but thanks, his has been an inspiration even to
the island where I came from.From the Islands of the Philippines
"Hanggang sa muli natin pagkikita" (Till we meet again).
"By small and simple things, are great things brought to pass." What a
wonderfully simple way to remember to always make good choices.
I love that ring!
I'm one of the few LDS without a CTR ring, but much respect to this man. Rest in
Thanks for creating a lasting symbol for me and my children.