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Letter: LDS Church should quit banning beards

Published December 4, 2013 1:01 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

In the October 2013 LDS General Conference, Elder D. Todd Christofferson said, "A third area of concern comes from those who, in the name of equality, want to erase all differences between the masculine and feminine." I wholeheartedly agree.

Our Creator, in his wisdom, made certain distinguishing characteristics including facial hair on men (with a few exceptions) and no facial hair on women (with a few exceptions). There is a popular movement in the world today known as the "baldy-face unisex movement." This is gender blending or gender homogenization at its worst.

Ironically, the LDS Church has numerous regulations banning facial hair. Church employees, students at church-owned colleges, missionaries and LDS temple workers are all prohibited from having facial hair. Some stakes restrict members of stake presidencies and ward bishoprics from having beards. The beards-are-evil attitude gets passed on down to members of the church.

How ironic that good church members who have facial hair, who are emphasizing the distinctions between men and women, are being stigmatized as being less righteous.

We men need to fight against the worldly baldy-face unisex movement. Homogenization may be all right for milk, but not for men.

Neil Spencer

Riverton