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Published: Monday, May 6 2013 9:15 a.m. MDT

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

"my body is a temple"

Well that explains his tattoos I guess.

I always think its funny when I see Mormon kids(Star Lotulelei, Cody Hoffman, Manti Teo, Bryce Harper) to name a few who seem to proscribe to the "my body is a temple" tagline, and then go get covered it tattoos.

Which is it Mormons?

I know some of you Mormons want to claim "its a cultural thing so its ok" but I had a Mormon co-worker told me that that is wrong. He told me no Mormon prophet has ever given the Polynesian kids a free pass to get tattoos. Am I wrong?


Chris B, Not all the persons you listed are Mormon.

South Jordan, UT

1) Cody Hoffman isn't Mormon.
2) It's true Mormons are advised to avoid getting tattoos. However, it's not an issue that affects someone's membership or activity.
3) Some Mormons choose to get tattoos.
4) Some get them removed when they think better of it.

I suppose I see why you could find that funny.

Orem, UT

Yeah ChrisB, Hoffman is not LDS.

aunt lucy
Looneyville, UT

Re: Chris B

If you're Mormon and you have committed to strive to live a Christlike life, then getting tattoos' is just one of a thousand poor choices. While some of us would never consider tattoos, we would all too easily choose one of the other thousand. It's not our place to judge which are worse or who is more at fault. Let's just respect everyone on the path as doing the best they can and let our Savior do the judging. He's the one who knows everyone's heart and circumstances.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

I stand corrected on Hoffman if he's not Mormon, although why didn't you guys all address Star, Manti, Bryce, and a number of byu Mormons guys who do have tattoos?

CA. reader
Rocklin, CA

I admit that I have not seen many photos of this young man, but I do not see any tatoos on him.

Aberdeen, ID

Chris B. Good question. The prophet Joseph Smith is quoted as saying that he taught members of the church correct principles and let them govern themselves. The prophet has spoken and encouraged members to not get tattoos, but I know of nothing that specifically prohibits members that have tattoos from participating in some activity within the church. Now they may have to cover the tattoo(s) before they could participate in some aspect of a church assignment. That I am not sure. There was an article in the Deseret News a week or two ago about a new convert that joined the church that had a lot of tattoos from before she joined the church. So in this case members have been taught a correct principle, but the members can govern themselves in this matter.

South Jordan, UT

Because we take on ourselves the name of Christ it's our responsibility to represent Him to others and as such we need to represent ourselves well to others getting a tattoo while in and of itself is could be harmless can cause bad first impressions and can distract from that goal.

For Native Polynesians, though, like Manti Teo or Star Lotulelei getting a tattoo is a rite of passage within that culture and a symbol of manhood. So getting a tattoo does not carry the same bad connotations that it would for others. And in some situations could even be considered the right thing to do as a Mormon.

Area 52
Tooele, UT

As for Star, Manti and a lot of other Polynesians it's definitely a culture thing.

Virginia Beach, VA

@Chris B, in our church there is a concept called Free Agency where you may make bad or good choices. Were taught not to go around judging others, which some failed to do. I can't imagine attending your church, or maybe you don't attend. Expecting others to be perfect, and calling them out on it when there not. I find that amusing.

River Falls, WI

Interesting that this thread is focused on tattoos, something that isn't mentioned in the article, but something that bugs me too (am I actually siding with Chris B???)

I am curious about what "good things" Harper has done off-the-field. I don't know a lot about him and haven't seen much that would make me proud for him to represent my faith (although the good work ethic is certainly one step in the right direction). This article doesn't offer any actual examples of Harper's off-the-field behavior. Does anyone know of anything notable that he has done?

Park City, UT

He is a phenomenal talent for sure. I wish him well and hope he can stay clean. Many times we see LDS athletes or other celebrities (dancers, singers, actors) who fall into the "hollywood lifestyle" and forget their roots. Personally, I'm not judging anyone for making any choice they feel comfortable for them, but it's sad when some of these people cave. I like to see people who stand up for what they believe in, and that includes all faiths or cultures.

P.S. I'm LDS, I drink and have a few tats, so I'm not speaking from a place of not understanding.

Salt Lake City, UT


Two responses:

I agree, good writing requires one to back up one's premise, although we must remember the authors don't write the tagline.

Second, if all Harper ever does off the field is treat women right, avoid drugs and alcohol, not cheat at his sport and be kind to young fans he will set himself apart from the vast majority of athletes, and fans for that matter. Everything beyond that is gravy.

layton, UT

RE: aunt lucy. It's not our place to judge which are worse or who is more at fault. Let's just respect everyone on the path as doing the best they can and let our Savior do the judging. OK,

Lev: 19:28 Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD(Jehovah).

Lev 21:5 The priests must not shave their heads or trim their beards or cut their bodies.” This was the custom of Heathen nations; such were made by the Egyptians in their mournings.

Buffalo, WY

Since the subject of tats has been worked over Ill add my .02. Personally I find them offensive, then again I was raised in the 60's and was a Johnnie U/ R. Maris fan..ya, crew cuts, etc...they set Examples for clean cut. Today Few athletes set a decent example so this kid Harper is standing tall in my eyes no matter what his Church affiliation is.

Salt Lake City, UT

Chris B. If you cared for your body what would you rather do, get a tattoo or drink alcohol? The answer is get a tattoo. Your friend at work doesn't know what he's talking about, yeah the presidency doesn't encourage poly kids to get tattoo's, primarily they don't bring it up, why should they, it's not against any doctorine, you can still hold the highest callings having tattoo's etc.

My question to you is, why are you judging those who have tattoo's? That's essentially what your saying, those who get tattoo's have no respect for their bodies. The guy you work for is probably one of those who say we can't drink caffeine either.


Good job trolling Chris B

SC Fan
Saint George, UT

Did I miss something. This is a tremendous talent that is proud to be LDS. I saw him play many times and knew when he was a Soph in HS that he would be great. I can't wait to see him play this summer and would think you all would be making plans to go see such an amazing athlete play instead of nit-picking about whether he does or does not have a tatoo. Be happy that there is someone out there you can feel good about your kids looking up to. Worry about you own choices and let him worry about his!!

Woods Cross, UT

What a sad discussion. Can we not focus on the good, without all the fault finding. No one is perfect. To expect so is naive.

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