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Can Mormons have tattoos?

Mormons, more properly referred to as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are counseled by Church leaders not to tattoo their bodies–as their body is considered a temple and a gift from God. (see 1 Corinthians 6:19–20).

Church President Russell M. Nelson has said: "I stand in awe of the miracle of the human body. It is a magnificent creation, essential to our gradual ascent toward our ultimate divine potential. We cannot progress without it. In giving us the gift of a body, God has allowed us to take a vital step toward becoming more like Him. …Your body is your personal temple, created to house your eternal spirit. Your care of that temple is important."

There are many Latter-day Saints who acquired tattoos prior to becoming members of the Church, yet they are able to regularly participate in the ordinances of the Church. Church members believe God loves all of His children, regardless of what they look like. Previously existing tattoos will not prevent one from serving in the Church and receiving all of God's blessings.

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