Can I Be Mormon if I Have Tattoos?

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While there are no specific restrictions regarding the wearing of tattoos in Mormonism, the Church does have a strong cultural value for modesty and cleanliness. The Church places great emphasis on the importance of personal hygiene, as well as being covered in public. This is one reason why most Latter-day Saints do not embrace visible body art. However, it’s important to remember that many people with tattoos have remained active members of the Church without question or scrutiny from their leaders. The same goes for those who don’t have any tattoos; some people just arenג€™t accepted by their local ward simply because they donג€™t fit the culture or standards of dress and grooming.
Those who want to pursue membership in the Church may wish to ask themselves these questions:

Are Tattoos Allowed for Mormons?

The answer is yes. Tattoos are allowed for Mormons.
However, the wearing of tattoos can be a tough decision if you’re concerned about cultural acceptance and personal hygiene in the Church.

What Happens if a Mormon Gets a Tattoo?

If you are considering getting a tattoo, first ask yourself if the tattoo is appropriate for your culture and faith. If the answer is yes, then it’s worth discussing with your bishop about what to do with the tattoo. It’s important to remember that body art is not taboo in Mormonism just because it stands out.
The Church places a strong emphasis on modesty and cleanliness, so many Latter-day Saints don’t embrace visible tattoos. However, there are also many who remain active members of the Church without question or scrutiny from their leaders.
If you have already gotten a tattoo, then you may want to consider removing it or covering it up so that you can remain active in the Church without consequences.

Do Mormons Allow Piercings?

The Church has no specific restrictions regarding the wearing of piercings. However, most Mormons do not embrace visible body art.

Can Mormon Dye Their Hair?

Can Mormon dye their hair?
The answer to this question depends on the individual. The Church’s position is that some facial hair and hairstyles can be worn, but not tattoos. However, in 2013 Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles stated that members are allowed to have tattooed or dyed hair and eyebrows if it does not cover any part of their head, face, neck, or arms (of which it is considered a covering). This would include tattoos below the neck and colored designs on their legs.

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Michael Blau

I have been tattooing for over 15 years and have my studio in Brooklyn. While I'll tattoo just about anything on anyone, my specialty is religious tattoos.
I am originally from Williamsburg, a neighborhood in Brooklyn known for its large Jewish population. This has given me a lot of experience and understanding when it comes to tattoos and religion.

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