LDS Church Begins New “Not Even Once” Anti-Beard Campaign

SALT LAKE CITY — In a bold political move, the LDS Church began the new anti-beard campaign “Not Even Once” to distance itself from the unrighteousness that comes with facial hair.

Recent studies show that 53% of men with facial hair, especially beards, stop coming to church when the facial hair grows to a noticeable length.
Those with beards are 67% less righteous than their clean-shaven counterparts, according to a recent study by BYU.


In conjunction with this ad campaign, Deseret Book is offering “The Not Even Once Club” at a special discount price.

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  • dba.brotherp

    It saddens me that the men of the church are addicted to beards. I recently heard that Utah leads the nation in subscriptions to “Beard Aficionado” magazine. Some may justify their addiction by saying beards are “natural” that “no one is getting hurt” or that I only grow “soft” beards and not “hard” beards. However, once you grow a beard you don’t know what future happiness will be forfeited. Remember the story that was told in General Conference about the young woman who refused to marry a young man because, in the past, the young man had a beard? Sin has consequences!

    • Arcadia Recovery Center

      Josiah 29:12
      “Now it is better that a man should be judged of God than of man, for the judgments of God are always just, but the judgments of man are not always just.”

      • dba.brotherp

        That verse only applies to those who make unrighteous judgements. I can assure you that I am filled with the spirit and my judgements are righteous.

        • Kelly Madsen

          Matthew 7:1-3King James Version (KJV)

          7 Judge not, that ye be not judged.

          2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

          3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

          • dba.brotherp

            There’s nothing in my eye because I don’t have a beard to cloud my vision. “Thus saith the lord, mote or beam is better than a beard” John 22:1

      • Kimberly Diener

        This is satire..this isn’t true

        • Mimsob

          I am 100% sure that he knows it’s satire. So sure.

    • Louie Kiskowski

      You are a lawyer eh, Poe’s law expert level!

    • garrettgibbons

      I’m worried that some innocent passer-by on the internet will read this hilarious satire article and this brilliant satire comment and think that it’s all true.

      • Michaelak

        Lets hope NOT!! I will be in trouble. I posted earlier that I will shave my beard off..” when I hear it in General Conference.. and from our Prophet Thomas S. Monson”.

        • Dave

          I don’t know as I would even do it then… I know this is kinda controversial, and I don’t mean it to be, but… i LOVE President Monson… I truly do… but when/if the rubber meets the road… I follow Christ… not just a prophet.

          • Mark

            Who do you think Christ would give that info to?

          • Dave

            Good question.

            If I may, you’re asking the wrong question (I’ll answer it anyway in a moment, but, work with me here…)

            The question should not be “who would he give this info to?” The question should be “would he actually give this info to ANYONE?” And the answer to THAT, is no.

            All over the scriptures (Biblical, Modern, Etc,) It is made absolutely clear that Christ does not look at the outward appearance, but he looks at the heart. It is also clear that it is only man who looks at the outward appearance, SO… If this kind of thing came down the line, I would highly question if it was in fact from Christ, My initial reaction would be, “it is absolutely not of Christ.”

            THAT said, It doesn’t mean that just because it’s not from christ that it is a totally bad idea. I believe there are some things in the church today not specifically from Christ, but not a bad idea too.

            Now to get on to your specific question. IF such a thing WERE of Christ, and WERE to come down the line, Who would He give the info to?

            The answer is, “at least 2 people”. 1: The prophet. OF COURSE… I believe he would do nothing save he tell his prophet first. Fair enough. Fair play to the prophet, BUT…. that doesn’t mean that EVERYTHING the prophet does is directly from Jesus either.

            When i converted 4 years ago, I was always told that being LDS did not just mean blindly following the prophet. Ever since then I’ve been told that over and over again as well (though I see something a bit different, we won’t go into that…) EVEN BRIGHAM YOUNG (Caps for emphasis, not yelling,) has said that he would want no one to follow him just because he was the prophet and he said something, but that we should all seek a personal testimony of what he says, whether it be from Christ or not.

            So, in summation (TL;DR) Christ would give that info to the prophet, sure, but THEN, he would give that info to me because if this ever DID come down the line, I would do some serious prayer about it before I shaved my beard (of over a year and a half growth). Since i would wait and seek the Lord in this matter, and not just take the prophets word for it, Christ would give the info to the prophet, AND to me… and I would follow Christ, not just the prophet.

            Make sense?

            (sorry this was so long, I like apologetics to be clear, which, sometimes require length…)

          • Aidie

            Wait, are you being serious? Do you think this is actually a real thing?? LOL!!!!

          • Dave

            Yes, very serious. No, I don’t think this is real, hence the previous “if/when” statement.

          • ben

            I preface my statement by letting you know that I didn’t read your essay. I only read the first few lines, but that was enough.

            “The question should not be “who would he give this info to?” The
            question should be “would he actually give this info to ANYONE?” And the
            answer to THAT, is no.”

            So essentially, what you’re saying is…….’I know what the Lord will tell the prophet, so I’ll really just follow the things I completely understand, if I disagree, it won’t effect me, I know better…’ How would you know what the Lord would tell his prophet? It’s a slippery slope when you decide to pick and choose what to follow when it comes to the teachings of the prophet. All or nothing, good sir.

          • Pierre O’Toole

            But notice that Brother Brigham did NOT have a moustache.

          • Garrett Millward

            I truly hope you’re joking…. Think about your statement Dave, you’re trying to say that if a Prophet of God, who holds all the priesthood keys, chosen by God to be the voice of God, or the voice of God’s will, that you wouldn’t follow it? I hope you realize that by following the prophet, you are following Christ, and when you don’t follow the prophet, the only person you’re following is the adversary.

            And if you don’t believe that, you’re in the wrong church my friend, because that would mean that you don’t believe that a man who holds all priesthood authority receives direct revelation from God.

            In a theoretical situation where the prophet did say it was God’s will for us to not have beards, did you ever think that perhaps there was no reason behind it other than to try the faith of man? If a man isn’t willing to be clean shaven for God because God’s prophet told the man to do so, that man wouldn’t have much of a place in the Kingdom of Heaven.

          • Dave

            answer to paragraph 1: I am saying that, not everything said by a prophet is from God. He has the ABILITY to do so… but not everything is using that ability. Also… I am well aware of the scriptural examples of prophets who were legitimate prophets of God, who worked contrary to God’s instructions. This is why we (and the prophets have said this themselves) Need the spirit to testify to the validity of what they say, and not just follow them blindly (as you seem to think we should.)

            No sir, By following the prophet, I am following the prophet, else, what is the point of having the spirit in our lives? if all we need was the prophet, why get the gift of the holy spirit? When the prophet speaks, and it is true, the spirit testifies to that truth, Therefore, outwardly some might see me “following the prophet” but I am really following the spirit. They just happen to be in agreement. (This is Mormonism 101, as taught to me by the missionaries when I joined… how do you not know this?) Are you worried that the prophet might say something that the spirit would not vouch for? That is really the only space your concern would be relevant.

            Paragraph 2: Well… I am in this church (and have lost people closer to me than family because of my choice… I’ve been divorced, cast out, insulted, etc etc for this so… your comment about me being in the wrong place, and the worse comment at the end of your post about not being worthy of the Kingdom of God is WAAAAAAY out of line, and no where near up to you to decide. Sure…. maybe not worthy of the Kingdom of Provo…. I can believe that… but not the Kingdom of God…) THAT said… I believe that he receives direct revelation from God. Do I think then, that EVERYTHING he does or says is because of said ability? No. Do I think that when he goes to Mcdonalds and orders a big mac it’s because god told him to? No. Do I think that his leadership of the church is from God? Yes. SO far. but, past truth does not always indicate future infallibility. (Prophets are fallible… Every time you bring up a question that is kinda “on the fence” like… say… blacks and the priesthood… you get a response like “well, prophets are people too…” so… yeah following the testimony of the spirit is not a bad way to go.)

            Paragraph 3: I think that there is DEFINITELY a reason for it. Absolutely. The question then becomes, is it a LEGITIMATE reason for it? Is it something that God, regardless of the TONS of places in the Bible, Book of Mormon, Pearl of great price, Doctrines and Covenants says again and again that God is concerned with the heart of a man, Not what he looks like, would likely say that now all of a sudden how much hair a man has on his face (you know… like God himself created us to have….) is now a deal breaker? I am sorry, I am going to be skeptical about that. I will do my duty as a Mormon, as a Christian, and I will follow the advice of the prophets and pray about it. IF then God tells me that the message is true, I will shave, no questions asked. If not. I won’t. Are you afraid that he won’t confirm the prophet? If so, I can see why you’re worried, if not, your entire argument is moot, because in the end, I will be doing as the prophet says, and following Jesus, not just a prophet, because they are both working together. Easy. (Again… Mormonism 101, is this really something you don’t know?)

            Again… Not having much of a place in the Kingdom of God… dude… that is way over the line for you to say. I’m kinda letting it slide cause you’re obviously way more of a cultural mormon than you are a scriptural one, but… seriously… that was rough. If you knew the half of the hell I went through when i joined the church from my “friends” you might bump me up a few pegs… whether I have facial hair or not. (Btw, I have nothing against you as a person, save that last sentence… Disagree with me all you want… but don’t ever dare to presume you know where I will end up when I die. I’ve lost too much, and currently live with too much (abuse from my blood kin etc…) For someone who doesn’t even know me to say stuff like that. Here sir, I am quite insulted. Beyond that, I am sure you’re a great guy, and I am sure we would, in other circumstances get along great.

          • Garrett Millward

            I think that were having a miscommunication here. If a prophet of God said that through revelation from God we were not supposed to have beards, then yes, we should follow the phrophets counsel because we would know that this church, which was set up by Christ during his ministry, is run through the priesthood by men chosen by God to receive direct revelation from God. You and I dont have the right to pick and choose what commandments we want to follow.

            Every general conference we raise our hands to sustain our prophet and apostles. If we aren’t going to follow the commandments thwy receive from God then no, we aren’t part of the church in our actions.

            In regards to you saying prophets have sinned, yes of course they have, for example, Brigham Young was not a fan of colored people and he showed it. But what I dont think you realize is that there has never been a time where a prophet has said theyve received direct revelation from God that we should or shouldnt do something, where theyve recanted that commandment because the prophet stated it due to personal opinion or belief and not having received it as revelation from God. There have been times where God has only done something temporarily (polygammy being an example) but that wasnt due to err on the prophets part.

            As far as praying to receive verification as to whether something is right, that’s great, I totally recommend that, but realize that if a prophet of God say that through their preisthood keys they received revelation that you should do something, you need to realize that’s the equivalent of God saying it Himself. In regards to situations where the quorom of the twelve caution against things like energy drinks, but have not said thay thou shalt not, that is a great example of an instance where you should pray about it and receive personal revelation as to whether you’ll drink energy drinks.

            Id recommend you read an article by Elder Harold B. Lee titled “The Place of the Living Prophet, Seer, and Revelator”

          • Quinientos

            “You and I dont have the right to pick and choose what commandments we want to follow.”

            God gave me my agency. I have every right to pick and choose what commandments I follow. I can’t choose the consequences that follow, however. I will not follow blindly. Like Dave, I would question boldly such a revelation. If the spirit confirmed to me that it was true then I would probably obey.

          • Kelly Kariger

            Dave – (1) Love this article… have read it a few times… and if I ever needed something to justify growing my facial hair (which I don’t need any help in justifying that one…) this article’s wit and satire would fill the need..

            (2) love your stance and testimony. Keep the faith and be strong brother.

          • Dave

            Thank you sir, I am touched and honored. Live long and prosper bro 🙂

          • Samuel Emily Smith

            I like you Dave. You sound like a really cool guy.

          • Dave

            Also… you should feel more secure in the prophets ability to speak the truth, and the spirit’s ability to testify to it… since, as a convert, I am in this church in the first place because the spirit told me I should be… Not because a prophet did.

          • Steve Gould

            Garret you are forgetting that the prophet is a man not a god, hence he is flawed just like you and I, you are placing him on a pedestal that he cannot stand on, elevating him to a position of flawlessness/Christ where by anything he says must come from god with no misunderstandings, worse yet you have placed yourself in the position of following blindly without you yourself consulting with god through prayer to insure that what was said is true. how many groups/churches throughout the generations of time have had the same unquestioning belief in a Man (as you seem to be doing) and wrought horror upon others simply based on the words of there “Prophet”? Make no mistake i am LDS but i am not foolish enough to think that our church and prophet are not susceptible to the teachings of man. President Uchtdorf said it himself:

          • Garrett Millward

            Did you see the second reply I made? I did address that, my point is that when a prophet of God puts something out to be doctrine or something that we need to follow, it is announced in conference, prior to which it is something that has been unanimously agreed on by both the quorum of the twelve and the seventy. When the prophet receives such revelation and it has been unanimously agreed on by the twelve and the seventy, then we can take it to be direct revelation from God. While I think it is wise to pray about it so that you can receive a testimony that it is true, I don’t think that we can nor should take it as something that is optional. Whereas when you hear things such a prophet advising against things like drinking caffeine and it’s not something that is announced in conference as doctrine, then that is something that is entirely between you and God.

            I think I portrayed my opinion poorly in my first message. I do not think it would be likely at all that a prophet would ever get up in church and say “Thou shalt not have facial hair”, because that would be silly and probably wouldn’t happen. However, if it did happen, and it was through direct revelation from God to our prophet, and both the twelve and the seventy all unanimously agreed to it, then yes, I would follow that doctrine without question.

            I know that nobody is perfect in our church, the structure of our church is perfect, yet it is filled with imperfect human beings all fallible to sin. There’s been countless examples of that throughout our church’s history. However, and please do correct me if I’m wrong; I do not believe there has ever been a time where a prophet has stated something as doctrine (like word of wisdom, ect) that has ever been revoked or recanted due to sin on the part of the prophet or quorum. There have been alterations, such as the lowering of the mission age, or the ending of plural marriage, but again that was not due to human imperfections, rather due to God revealing his plan to progress the church.

            So yeah, I’m not saying just take everything the prophet says for fact, I’m just saying that when a prophet states something as doctrine that we need to follow in general conference, after it has been sustained by the quorum and the seventy, then we can take comfort in the fact that that is indeed direct revelation from our Heavenly Father and that we should follow it. Do you see where I’m coming from?

          • Sean Dalrymple

            And therefor God didn’t want Blacks touching sacrament trays.

          • Garrett Millward

            Actually Sean if you look it up, which I have, you’d find out several interesting things:

            1. Joseph Smith was never against African Americans having the priesthood, and in fact gave the priesthood to several African Americans himself.
            2. It wasn’t until Brigham Young was the prophet that African American’s were told they were not allowed to have the priesthood, however you’ll notice several things and have to take into consideration several things: for starters, there was never a church proclamation stated in a General Conference, where we announce anything new that will change how the church works at all. The only documented place where Brigham Young stated that African American’s couldn’t have the priesthood was when he was Mayor and was announcing this to a non church-related group. Brigham Young never stated that through revelation from God, that African Americans were not to have the priesthood, nor did he ever get a sustaining vote from the other twelve apostles. This all came to pass from his personal feelings and own racial views. The only reason this was followed and lasted so long is due to the overwhelming culture of the American people to not look upon African Americans well. However it is crucial to remember that this practice of not allowing African American’s to hold the priesthood was not brought to pass in the proper means, which is through a unanimous sustaining vote and announced in General Conference.
            3. Keep in mind that it wasn’t all colored people who were not allowed to have the priesthood, but only African Americans, as there were Polynesians who were allowed to have the priesthood. I am merely stating this because it doesn’t seem like you’ve actually done any research on this other than the rumors you’ve heard.

            So in the end you need to realize that God isn’t going to let any major decisions come to pass in the church through the proper means (through a sustained vote in general conference), and that we need to have the faith that our prophets are seers and revelators. I would recommend you go a do your research on African Americans and the priesthood.

          • Sean Dalrymple

            I knew all that and made no position on who said what when. Those were inferred on your part. My comment stands true alone.

          • Lance

            Are you dudes seriously arguing about a hypothetical situation where the prophet makes a statement about the rightness/wrongness of beards in the name of the Lord…

            Oh man, only in Mormonism.. HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa

          • Jackie Bosarge Rudder

            It will never happen. I mean the first prophets of the church had beards. Lorenzo snow being the most notable (just because it was so long).

      • doug

        My mouth was wide open and my mind was screaming obscenities because until I read your comment I thought it was all true.

      • Nicole N Dallas Brown

        Ha Ha….was reading this and look who was one of the first comments on the page…..Great happenstance.

      • Dave

        I (As a mormon with a beard) Had never heard of this website before… I thought it was true… scared the tar out of me… (because even the stance LDS people, BYU and the like have on beards as it is… is completely unscriptural…)

        It freaked me out… till I put 2 and 2 together and figured this was just a mormon counter part to “The Onion”

        then it became kinda funny.

    • William C. Searcy

      Please tell me you are joking! Having a beard is sinful? I guess Jesus is going to hell.

    • disqus_g9l0Pxie0l

      Um… “Those with beards are 67% less righteous than their clean-shaven counterparts, according to a recent study by BYU.” ? While there is no source to back up this “research”, the LDS church does not say anything about a Not Even Once campaign on, or maybe I’d have no choice but to believe it blindly because The Church said so. The current Standards of Dress and Grooming for the LDS church was published in 1971, when beards were “In the minds of most people at this time, the beard and long hair are associated with protest, revolution, and rebellion against authority. They are also symbols of the hippie and drug culture. Persons who wear beards or long hair, whether they desire it or not, may identify themselves with or emulate and honor the drug culture or the extreme practices of those who have made slovenly appearance a badge of protest and dissent. In addition, unkemptness—which is often (though not always) associated with beards and long hair—is a mark of indifference toward the best in life. As Elder Sterling W. Sill has observed:” (You got me for a minute.) Yes, it’s probably time for the LDS church to actually update their documentation. Their latest publication is for youth and doesn’t mention beards. I still do not see the LDS church asking people to shave as a problem, if they mandate it, I’d loose some respect… (This argument against or for the beard can go both ways. If you believe in a creator, and the creator gave you a beard that naturally grows, even if you don’t love what you were given, why would you choose to separate yourself from what your creator has given you? And if you choose to have a beard, how and why would you groom it? (If you go to BYU, not having a beard is in the dress code, i’d suggest you stick to that dress code. There is a way around this no beards dress code. ) Pictures of your immaculate LDS Beards are welcome, start sharing this post along with the best picture of your beard.

      • garrettgibbons

        This whole article is satire.

      • ben

        There’s no way that you believe this is real………

    • Melissa Georgi


      • dba.brotherp

        I’m glad the spirit has revealed to you that my words are true.

    • Mike

      Your right. Sin does have consequences but having a beard is not a sin. Your coment makes you sound really dumb.

    • Mike

      You’re right, sin does have consequences but having facial hair is NOT a sin. Your comment makes you sound really dumb.

      • dba.brotherp

        My dear brother Mike. Of course facial hair is a sin. Does BYU allow facial hair (AKA beards), of course not! The lord’s house is a house of order not a massive mess of hairy ickyness, like a beard.

        • Mike

          That would be your opinion. So why have I been able to go to the temple with facial hair? I don’t think they would have let me in if it was a sin. It’s just a stupid rule that BYU has.

          • dba.brotherp

            My dear brother, you shouldn’t speak ill of the lords anointed. There is no such thing as a stupid rule.

  • rcoxone

    This is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. How about you stop judging people and leave that up to the lord. I’m pretty sure our savior had a beard. I guess we were saved by a sinner? These are the things that make people not believe in the church!!

    • JCasp

      …This is a satire.

      • Kevin

        It is. But it’s not.

    • dba.brotherp


      Did Joseph Smith, Adam, or Thomas S Monson have a beard? No, they did not! Why would the lord have a beard if the prophets did not have beards? I am afraid you have fallen victim to the cunning lies of the adversary. The truth never changes!

      • Arcadia Recovery Center

        Ha Ha this guy is comparing himself to God! What a riot!

        • Dane111

          …sattire. Meaning a joke. This isn’t serious. At all.

      • Dougout89

        I think you missed the point of why you go to church.

        • Dane111

          I think you missed the point if this satirical article. It’s a joke. Not real

          • Amanda

            Is it really a joke? I sure hope so because… Really?? A beard?!

      • db

        Uhm. Pretty sure Adam had a beard you really have nothing to state he didn’t. Joseph Smith definitely had a beard throughout his life. He was in prisons without toiletries or niceties of any kind. As for President Monson I’m sure he’s had at least one beard in his life regardless these men we KNOW have
        God (the father of all creation)
        Jesus Christ (his son)
        Noah (the archetype of baptism)
        Abraham (father of the 12 tribes)
        Moses (the archetype of Christ)
        John (the Baptist)
        The twelve apostles (the original)
        Except maybe Judas (the betrayer)
        He has never been portrayed with a
        beard. to my knowledge.
        The prophet of the restoration and at least half of the prophets since.

        Incidentally I’ve never seen the adversary depicted with a beard either I guess it’s simply too hot/ cold in hell depending on how you view it…

        Also as a point of note the no beard as a clean appearance thing began with our current age of time. In previous times beards were a symbol of your inner devotion to God. A well kempt beard was a man who devoted himself to an orderly temple and an unruly beard was a disparaging soul.

        The removal of beards therefore is a tool of the adversary to prevent brethren from identifying who may be in need of help. To isolate devide and eventually destroy the brotherhood and priesthood respectively.

        Ok so maybe the last part was made up but so is all of this ;p enjoy the trolling

        • dba.brotherp

          What you are talking about is “artistic license.” This is when an artist manipulates an image in order to get across a message. It is kind of like when the church shows the prophet translating the Book of Mormon by candle light with a studious thought upon his face. When in actuality, the Book of Mormon was translated by looking a stone in a hat. Both version are correct, it’s just that one version is more correct than the other.

          • Why

            Also like when they show Moroni with steel weapons and metal armor

          • dba.brotherp

            yes, that is a good example

          • db

            Are you saying that both the big ball of yellow with sunglasses and a smiley face is equally as right as the flaming ball of hydrogen fusion 100000000 times the size of earth? We can do that??

          • dba.brotherp

            yes we can

        • Why

          Don’t forget Deborah from the book of judges, described as a prophetess. Back then no NAIR or hair removing products so many women undoubtedly had beards too even the prophetess Deborah.

          • db

            Women grow beards??? Interesting…

          • garrettgibbons

            Deborah was surely bearded.

        • Bob Belcher

          Shaving is also a form of body modification, which we are almost ALWAYS discouraged from undergoing. (e.g. piercings, tattoos, etc…)

          • dba.brotherp

            well the lamanites were promised to turn white and delightsome so I guess the lord is ok with “body” modification.

      • Gerald

        How do you know Adam did not have a beard???

        Please prove this if you can…

        How many of the pseudo prophets of the Mormon Cult have beards???

        • dba.brotherp

          Well spawn of satan, since Mormon prophets are true and the church is not a cult, I would have to answer… none!

          • Gerald

            If they are not pseudo prophets then why does things they say and clam to have came from God(s) change like most recently…

            Why blacks could not hold the priesthood as proclaimed by Brigham Young to be from{the word of God(s)} …

            If he prophet then did God(s) mis inform him???

            Why was the revelation required by Spencer W. Kimball to end this racism and was only what Brigham Young had said???

            See the face of the value of your prophets is clearly full of holes and lies this is only one example if you would like more please just ask ???

            If your prophets are not pseudo prophets then why was your Temple Rites plagiarized from the Freemasons rather than handed down from God(s) via your prophets????

            Even symbols in the Mormon Temples were plagiarized why was this that your God(s) did not pass true symbols and Rites to your pseudo prophets rather having your pseudo prophets to steal them from others ????

            Yes this list goes on and on and on and on and on and proves without question that all the Mormon Prophets are nothing more than great con artists and pseudo prophets……

          • Why

            The church came out with a statement saying that there never was a revelation banning blacks from the priesthood, it was just a result of Brigham young being racist. No one said prophets are perfect.

          • Gerald

            Then why was a revelation required to allow them to start holding the priesthood???

            Please an effort to cover one lie with another lie will always fail…


          • Why

            If you actually read the church statement you would know the president at the time asked for a revelation because the tradition had been in place for so long. Any more stupid answers?

          • Gerald

            Also why was the Book of Nephi changed so the blacks could hold the priesthood and why was the racist doctrine in the book of Abraham left intact???

            See keep pouring out the lies and one day you will run full circle back to the truth…

            But nice try to get out of the lie…

          • Why

            I have provided An official source for why a revelation was deemed necessary to remove the ban despite no revelation instituting the ban. You seem to have no rebuttal so you change topics. Do you have any sources for the changes in the book of Nephi? R u talking about white and delightsome changing to pure and delightsome?

          • Gerald

            Yes that official source is just a cover up for the truth as I lived in that era and know what was said and what happened then…

            While you are using that “official source” try studying the history of it and you can even use Mormon Doctrine and History in your studies and prove that it is nothing more than a cover up……

          • Why

            I do not know what is sadder, that you are trolling a Mormon satire website just to start arguments or that you are old enough to have been there when the priesthood ban was lifted and still behave like you do.

          • Gerald

            I am 70 plus years old and was there before the ban was lifted and followed the whole unfolding of that ban from the lawsuits filed by Douglas .A. Wallace to the battle over blacks holding the priesthood and the Temples being built in Brazil to the legal actions being taken against Religious ran Schools of higher education in the South and the East and similar questions being raised about BYU and the Mormon Church here here…Note while the question were raised about BYU no suites were ever filed against BYU that I’m aware of…

            So yes you are correct I lived during that era….

            I am also very well versed in Mormon Doctrine if you took Mormon Seminary or attended MTC you very likely had lessons that were written by a member of my family…..

            So if just take time to read and study a bit of history and Mormon Doctrine you to will see the lie……

          • Why

            Shame on you old man you should know better. However this really does explain a lot. I find myself unable to be upset at you as I imagine a cranky old man squinting at his computer screen and getting all worked up about every stupid comment church leaders have made that came back to bite them. I think the biggest thing you need to realize is that church leaders, especially the presidents, have good intentions, but are far from infallibly. They get off base when they attempt speak authoritatively on things that should have 0 bearing on eternal salvation such as race, astronomy, the age and formation of the earth, evolution, archeology basically anything relating to science and people mistake their unenlightened speculation for revelation and get upset when it turns out untrue. LDS mistakenly think anyone in authority at church is infallible and everything they utter is scripture. What you consider a lie and cover up I chalk up to human weakness

          • dba.brotherp

            thank you brother/sister why for taking up the cause

          • Gerald

            You learned name calling in Sunday or was it Priesthood meeting???

          • Kyle Grodkowski

            yeah yeah yeah old man. keep on keeping on. <3.

          • Bob Belcher

            Are you saying your family are those responsible for the alleged “scandal” your criticizing?O.0

          • Bob Belcher

            Oh snap! Gramps got burned!

          • Why

            Looks like Gerald has run out of made up theories.

          • Gerald

            No theories here just cold hard facts…
            What is your problem can’t you handle simple facts???

          • Why

            Cold hard fact: an 80 year old man is trolling a website dedicated to religious satire, wears out his exclamation point key in the process

          • Gerald

            Google Douglas A Wallace and see for yourself…Oh wait I forgot you can’t do such a thing until your puppeteers at Temple Sq. pull strings…

          • Bob Belcher

            What are you searching on Google, I can’t find this in any of my go to anti-mormon sites?

          • jeffersonwasliberal

            So no mormons were smart enough to know racism is evil?

          • Bob Belcher

            Um… but wikipedia says…

            I think someone missed the part where ANYONE can create and/or modify a wikipedia page…

          • garrettgibbons

            They held the priesthood in the time of Joseph Smith – Google Elijah Ables

          • Gerald

            Then that just makes my question more in need of an answer:..

            Then why was the revelation required in 1978 for men of color to hold the priesthood or enter a Mormon Temple and take part in those rites???

            You all keep giving all these things to look up and all they are is an effort to evade my question …

            Still waiting for my answer as you to have failed to answer it now rather than give me a answer you think I should get why don’t you either admit that you can not answer it or the conduct towards the people of color over most the history of Mormon was nothing more than racisain in one of it purest forms…

            Another question just on passing why did take 14 years for the revelation after the passing of the Civil Rights Act and Douglas A wallace keeping the racisain in the Mormon Church a live in the press????

            Looking forward to your answer to this question as well…

          • Jonny

            Doesn’t matter what we told you, would you believe it even if it made sense?? I doubt it cause you have some vendetta against the church for something in the past. Which is fine. I’m truly sorry for whatever was done. Maybe, when Christ comes you can ask him that question.. Why does anyone do anything??

          • Bob Belcher

            And while you’re there, can you ask him why it’s okay for Him, His Father, and all the prophets of old, to have facial hair and the rest of us can’t?

          • jeffersonwasliberal

            Then why do mormons hate blacks?

          • Why

            6 A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes. (Old Testament, Proverbs, Proverbs 18)

        • Why

          If u look at the old portraits many simply have neck beards not true beards

          • Gerald

            Neck breads???

          • Bob Belcher

            neck Bread, you know, to make sandwiches with your jowls.

      • Yann Suire

        That is a really funny statement … Well I hope this is humor … Because George Adam Smith, Brigham Young, Willford Woodruff and others I might forget … they had a beard, and not a little one !!

      • Amanda

        Thank you rcoxone!! This is the most ridiculous.. Well one of the many most ridiculous things the church has done. And this is why I have never went back!

        • garrettgibbons

          This is satire.

          • Bob Belcher

            Somebody missed that point…. They have a great reason for not going to church though…

      • jeffersonwasliberal

        Joseph Smith had a beard of tears from the young girls he married.

        • Bob Belcher


      • Kevin

        The truth always changes, are you kidding me. The church lies and changes the “truth” all the time.

      • Jonny

        ??????????? When has anyone besides yourself and maybe your sadistic cohorts said that a beard is a sin??? this sounds Pharisitical to me… Letter of the law vs. the spirit of the law… But, get this there isn’t even a law. People have just like they do with many other things taking being clean to a whole new level distorting what God ment. Need i remind you what happens to those who change Gods words for any reason??

      • Bob Belcher

        Seeing as we lack the technology of time travel, I seriously doubt you can make a definitive statement as to whether or not Adam had a Beard. Next thing we know, you’re going to make a definitive statement on whether Adam had a belly button….

        • dba.brotherp

          Of course Adam had a belly button! Look up the Adam-God doctrine taught by Brigham Young.

    • Michaelak

      I’m sure this is a joke or somebody trying to get everybody to shave I do nothing unless it comes out of the prophets mouth if he directs me to shave my beard then I will

    • arthur

      found the person that doesn’t know it is satire

  • Arcadia Recovery Center

    John 7:24 “Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”

    Guess the Lord shouldn’t be listened to anymore.

    • BecomingSuperman

      I love it when people don’t understand what is going on…

    • exmotogo

      but I guess it’s okay to judge people for other things, like being gay or wearing pants to church…

      • dba.brotherp

        Yes, it is okay to love the sinner (not judging) while hating the sin (judging).

      • Kimberly Diener

        this isn’t a real news site…the bunyion is a satirical news

      • Dougout89

        why do people always bring gay into this. Like there is a war on gays or something.

        • Gerald

          Yes there is a war on gays by the Mormon Cult just look at all the TIME MONEY and RESOURCES they have spent on Prop 8 in Calf. Amendment 3 in Utah as well as Hawaii all against gay rights…

          As well as the max effort across the Nation in this same vein….

          Also look at all the MONEY the MORMON Church has spent on fighting against gay rights in the courts as well as the hate and fear mongering towards gays coming from the Mormon pulpit at Temple Sq. in Salt Lake City Utah twice a year…

          Yes the Religious Right Wing Nuts have declared war on gays and the Mormon Church is the spearhead force and the Money behind that war…

          Anymore dumb questions????

          • Why

            This guy probably sitting in his basement with a tin foil hat on

          • Gerald

            For sure!!!

          • Bob Belcher

            Apparently all mormons are right wing nuts now… does this mean I have to re-register to vote now?

      • Bob Belcher

        Don’t know where you go to church, but I’ve never seen anyone thrown out of church for wearing pants…

  • BecomingSuperman

    For all of those facial hair lovers, please know that there is still time. For sometime I struggled with “beard or no beard” I would play on the edge with mustaches, goatees, and I even attempted a handlebar at one point. Just to see what it was like…. After sometime I noticed something missing in my life. I was with some friends and I noticed they all seemed to be happy and I couldn’t tell why. Then I realized it, they all were clean shaven! I went home that very night and threw away all my beard trimming equipment, found an old razor, and shaved off those vile hairs. Oh the silky smooth feeling of redemption. If you feel manly, awesome, and/ or like you could survive a zombie apocalypse with only a crowbar you don’t have to stay that way. Shave off your beard and go from looking like a man to a boy in a matter of minutes. Shave brethren, shaving is the answer.

    • dba.brotherp

      Amen my brother! Just this last Sunday, I went to church and apparently I had missed shaving an area on my face. Because of my shaving transgression, the members of my ward could not concentrate and the spirit was grieved and eventually left.

      • Dougout89

        How do you know it was even there in the first place?

    • Dougout89

      what an awful conclusion you came to.

      • BecomingSuperman


    • Michaelak

      Well I’m trying to walk it in our Saviors footsteps so every picture I’ve seen of our Savior he has a beard that’s my take on it and I’m sticking to it lol

      • Ang Ong

        I’m just curious … do men have to wear the “natural” beard to be legal in meetings, or are you outside acceptance if you use Just For Men Brush-In Color Gel for Mustache & Beard, Ash Brown M-20?? Just want to know where the lines are so I can help my husband stay worthy.

        • Michaelak

          OK Tell your husband I’m sure he is worthy(I hope) that the HIGHLIGHTS!!! will get him?? let me think…..#in the Celestial Kingdom “lets Hope for ALL!! Of US”.

        • Guest

          This was a sarcastic statement. I enjoy facial hair and worthiness.

      • Amanda

        EXACTLY MY THOUGHT! Our Lord and Savior, you know that guy Jesus Christ… HE HAD A BEARD! Is this seriously happening?? Wow!

        • Michaelak

          Lets hope NOT!! I will be in trouble. I posted earlier that I will shave my beard off..” when I hear it in General Conference.. and from our Prophet Thomas S. Monson”. LOL

        • Why

          Jesus also drank wine

      • BecomingSuperman

        Mine was a sarcastic statement. I enjoy facial hair and worthiness.

    • Grant Pearse

      Shave to be saved……….

  • josh

    So… You do realize this is fake right? Lol just read their “about” page.

  • Taylor

    Lol I know right – BunYion is a satirical news source.

  • Sonia Perez

    So obvious, you started with that colored shirt, which led to a 5o’clock shadow, which led you to apostasy!

    • dba.brotherp

      Very true. Colored shirts start you down the path to serious sin. That is why all my shirts are white (even my none church shirts.) I cannot take any chances that may hinder my eternal progression.

      • Michaelak

        Good for you my brother!! expect I have colored shirts but I don’t wear em to church

        • dba.brotherp

          Thank you my good brother. I am but a humble man who looketh upon the heart.

          • Michaelak

            I hope we all feel that way My HUMBLE BROTHER!! @dba.brotherp

      • rickyw

        Do you think white shirts with colored stripes are ok?

        • dba.brotherp

          Can you be only partly pregnant? Of course not.

          • Bob Belcher

            haha that was hilarious. I’m using this one

        • Michaelak

          THEY SAY!! ALL WHITE in the Celestial Kingdom. Colors will only work if were here on earth and NOT! @ church on Sunday.

          • Strepsi

            I thought we were allowed to wash whites with coloreds since 1978?

          • dba.brotherp

            officially, the answer is yes, but culturally, the answer is no

          • Bob Belcher

            Not before marriage your not!

          • Why

            White by definition is the presence of ALL colors.

    • Dougout89

      Going to church in a leisure suit says at least you’re going to church. The apostasy is your phone and technology. Duh.

      • Michaelak

        I agree!! Only if they “RING” during any meeting. But GREAT for Scripture use in Classes and talks YA!.

    • Michaelak

      LMBO@ Sonia Perez

  • Adibobea9

    The guilty taketh the satirical truth to be hard. If you are offended you should look how to better yourself, otherwise wear your beard in faith…

  • Bryan Beveridge

    One time I forgot to shave for like a week. Needless to say, I became a drug addict , a prostitute and I beat up little kittens. For those who are tempted to grow a beard, dont do it. Its a dark and itchy skinned road

    • Michaelak

      YOUR TO FUNNY!!! Humm NEVER!! had the problem on all 3 does that mean I pass??

      • Bob Belcher

        Conditioner helps with the itching. Conditioner and combing.

    • Jonny

      hahaha that is funny

  • Jon

    Would this be considered light-minded?

    • Bastiatarian

      No, but some of the outraged comments about this satire piece probably indicate that a lot of people who read it are dull-witted. 🙂

      • Why

        As a group we LDS have a weak sense of humor

        • dba.brotherp

          You are preaching to the choir.

          • Bob Belcher

            Nobody preaches to the choir, they preach to the congregation silly

          • dba.brotherp

            tic tac toe

    • Dave Charbonneau

      That depends. Do you have facial hair?

  • Totie Lyne Anderson

    Has anyone ever looked at a picture of Brigham Young??? Lorenzo Snow??? Wilford Woodruff???? LOL…….

    • dba.brotherp

      Back in those days, facial hair grew more quickly than it does today. So what you are really seeing is a 5 o’clock shadow.

  • ShawnBGood

    Shaving is like telling God “you made a mistake, but I will fix it.”

  • Louie Kiskowski

    Um they stop coming to church because you hate their beards and make everyone feel judged 100% of the time?

  • RussellRightWing

    Hmmm? Should have started with Brigham Young. But it didn’t, I wonder why…says enough for me. And about us as individuals, judging others.

  • Robert McKenzie

    Way to go, guys. Make a satirical newspaper that demeans your church, because PR is so easy to begin with.

  • Guest

    And add to that, Blessed are the bearded for they shall inherit the clean shaven

  • Stuart Landerman

    And add to that, Blessed are the bearded for they shall inherit the clean-shaven

  • Brett

    Didn’t Jesus have a beard?

    • Why

      He also drank wine

      • dba.brotherp

        He drank grape juice. Look it up

        • Why

          the grape juice myth is a lie parents tell their questiony kids. Remember when Noah planted a vinyard, made wine, got drunk, walked around naked(Gen. chapter 9)? Was that just grape juice too? Help stop the lies.

          • dba.brotherp

            My good brother/sister why. The Word of Wisdom (WoW) is an eternal principle. If it was not, why would the WoW be required to enter the temple? Since the WoW is required to enter the temple, it stands to reason that Noah didn’t drink because he was a prophet and a prophet is ordained as such in a temple. And you can’t go to the temple if you don’t follow the WoW. See how simple that was?

          • Why

            Thanks for trolling brotherp, u are not as bad as Getald though

          • dba.brotherp

            No trolling here; I am the keeper of Poe’s law.

        • Bob Belcher

          Yeah as I recall he was a partner over at Martinelli’s

          • dba.brotherp

            He sold it back it 2002 and made a killing

  • Scarhead

    This is why you don’t join a cult. Jesus is all you need. Grow a beard please. dba.brotherp? Is that satire? You can’t be serious.

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  • Ang Ong

    Now that my nose has stopped running and tears have stopped streaming … I can say — I bow to your wisdom (and youth) and your very advanced funny bone! 🙂 On, Teb, on!!!

  • cdr

    Yeaa but Jesus also had beard..

    • Bob Belcher

      Just like Santa…

  • Anonymous

    Hahaha! This post was funny, and the comments are hilarious!

  • Chase Anthony Speroni

    My wife and my family are good members, we pay our tithing, go to church, have family home evening, read the scriptures, have the missionaries over, participate in Church activities and hold our callings dear to us. I have a beard. My wife likes it, I like it. What harm is being done?

  • Ryan scott

    Didn’t Jesus have a beard

    • Dan

      Yes, and he was a white guy, too.

      • dba.brotherp

        You are half correct. Jesus didn’t have a beard but he is white

        • Bob Belcher

          Just like Santa

          • dba.brotherp

            No, that jolly old elf has a beard and technically santa is half Italian and half Cherokee

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  • Charles Matheson

    how can byu conduct a study of people being with beards, when they dont allow any students or faculty to grow a beard…

    • dba.brotherp

      BYU doesn’t let a so-called “lack of a sample size” get in the way of its research.

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  • gregorsam

    Now I know why all these people who come at my doorstep with pamphlets and books and smiling and ever so clean cut faces leave immediately after I open the door.

    I did not know that it was the beard that precluded me from having those lovely conversations.

    • Bob Belcher

      yeah the Jehovah’s Witness’s are not fond of scary looking beards at all. It’s like you’re hiding those “excluded” scriptures or a demon in there…

  • Paul

    That’s why I have only a goatee. Then I only have to go once in a while. Beards keep people away and clean shaven go all the time. Right? So a goatee works perfect for me.

    • dba.brotherp

      Sheep go the heaven and goats go to hell. Why would you want to follow an animal to hell?

      • Matty B

        GOATEES ARE A GATEWAY TO BEARDS! I thought I was safe with just a goatee in my EQ presidency but then one day I ran out of razors and couldnt buy any (cuz it was Sunday) so I had to go with a goatee and some stubble. I felt different. I felt judged. They made me clean up the goldfish crumbs and snot in the nursery after church. They made me eat the cheerios in between the cushions of the foyer sofa. So I grew a beard and never went back. Should I have gone to walgreens and bought razors? Maybe. I could have repented and none would be the wiser. But I chose to keep that stubble and it led to the dark side. Dont let your goatee lead you to the dark side Paul. 😉

        • dba.brotherp

          Matt, You were different and therefore you were judged righteously. The lord was very wise to give us outward signs so that we could judge people. A beard is one of those signs. Also, who is this “dark side Paul” of which you speak?

  • Benjamin Ambrose Jones

    I’ve chosen to grow my beard for the first time in my life. I started in December. It’s for an audition for Les Mis in the Fall.
    So many people feel that it’s ‘out of character’.. or that somethings ‘wrong’… Now, granted, .. those who know me know it’s not really ‘me’ to grow it because I never have.
    I never really understood the stigma that comes with beards until I got one myself. I love that those who know me ask questions and all but I also notice the downside of those that don’t know me or that don’t know me well. I don’t take offense to the looks or those that seem to avoid me or eye contact etc. I know that once the audition and hopefully the play is done, it’s coming off. I don’t like it and will be glad to have it gone. I personally have never thought anything one way of the other of those that have facial hair in or out of the church.
    I do have to question the intentions of those that intentionally grow thier facial hair, though. Is it just laziness… ? Is it making some sort of statement? .. Is it to be rebellious or individual/independant in some way?
    I suppose that in an organization such as the LDS church that has a social stigma of conformity mixed in with the seperate gospel that is taught, opinions can be generated of what it is to have facial hair and how it relates to gospel teachings, gospel standards, and soforth .
    For me personally, I could see how there could be a possible connection. To say that those that are clean shaven vs those that aren’t being more spiritual or less spirtual… This is a stretch for me to believe. In a place like BYU that has a standard of things higher in a gospel sense then the rest of the outside world, I could see this a possibility. But is the study taking into account those that are and have been raised in the church and then falling away and then growing facial hair or is it just of a general sense of having facial hair and then calculating their righteousness?
    I do believe it’s safe to say that the study is probably flawed in many ways and takes to general of an approach. It would seem that more deciding factors should come into play of having never had to be disciplined by a bishop or council or amount of times.. as well as the true choice of one having facial hair. Also, as I’ve mentioned, convert and also either having fallen away to some degree.

  • Sheryl Spencer

    ROOFLLL, for about 5 seconds I did think this was real, and then I was laughing soo hard I knew it couldn’t be. BRILLIANT.

  • Jessica Done

    I hope it really is satire because knowing the men in my family, the will come to church in ridiculous side burns instead. please don’t let this happen. I have wanted to crawl in a hole the last time my brother came to church in a lightning bolt side burn when the bishop asked he shave his beard.

  • Daniel Olguin

    The prophet said we need a food storage. So I grew a beard.

    • Jonny


  • Christopher Griswold

    A Mormon-specific Onion website? How did I not know this was a thing?

  • Stephanie

    When are they finally going to address the women in the congregation with facial hair?

    • dba.brotherp

      When they get the priesthood, of course.

  • gmcgraw

    And now, my disheveled brethren, after ye have gotten used to the straight razor and narrow soul patch, I would ask if all is done? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; for ye have not cut thus far save it were by the mirror and sliced with the shaken can of cream, relying wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to shave.

  • Rutabagaman

    You used to go to the Relief Society Activity every month. But your beard changed that.

  • thebearded1

    I am not a member of LDS but have a very strong faith and a solid background in history. This move is puzzling: how do you believe your own founders (from Joseph Smith to the prophets and apostles of yesteryear) would take to such a brazen and ungodly act? Instead of trying to change men from being true (and biologically correct) men why not concentrate on the real reason a decline may be happening among the men of your church: Relevance. Are you ministering to the needs of men who are overworked, constantly facing elimination from downsizing, deep stress within families where the man must meet the needs of all yet finds himself having to ‘buck up’ all the time? The current leadership’s ban move will absolutely have the opposite effect: men will leave (with their families) in droves, as the church attempts to yet again stifle what a man is by nature and appearance.

    A bit of history from within the walls to refresh the greatly whiskered and revered past of the church’s true men of the faith:

    Please rethink this policy; it is ungodly to the core and smacks of the world. Did God create Gillette and Norelco? Most certainly NOT!

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  • Chemcat

    ok sorry, had to get it out… I think of the Seinfeld episode. No wonder other nations think we are crazy as we argue for yet another “rights group’ – the facial haired male. I miss old saturday night live from the 1970’s and 80’s, you know, back when there was awesome music and humor? everyone now is so easily offended, hurt and feels like a victim. We have become a society of complainers. Just look at any anti mormon or activists discussion boards. ( I am not talking about REAL victims of abuse, mental illness etc) Please, America bring back our sense of humour!

  • Laron Woods

    I hope this is a joke. I try very hard to live as I should and be faithful. I have serious health problems and am a problematic bleeder. The (my) doctor has warned me that I could quickly bleed to death If I cut myself and don’t get help quickly. I have a full beard because of this. I can’t believe the Church would issue such a directive, and I can’t see BYU wasting time, resourses and/or money conducting a survey such as this.

  • Heather:)

    Absolutely absurd, how about a campaign on not being judgemental. Last time I checked LDS church isn’t god but damn you sure judge lime you are. Its all about fear fear fear I t ruely feel bad for the people you fall go this crap. How about love peace happiness and acceptance since thats what will make your life worth while and enjoyable. Having a beard makes you no less righteous than anyone else but those having a judgemental heart can’t be seen good in God’s eyes.

  • Melissa Rhodes

    Does this apply to women? I have seen some women beards in going around in church. lol me included at times.

  • Daniel Aramburo

    Ones personal conduct has nothing to do with your beard. I shave once in a while. I dont do drugs, fornacate, steal…

  • Dana Merlin Tracy

    What’s good enough for several of the prophets is good enough for me. Until I see the 11th commandment that states: Thou shalt not grow a beard……..then I will use my own discretion!!!!.lol

  • Tyce Jones

    84% of the people who read this will think that the author is serious.

    • Bob Belcher

      83% of all statistics are made up

      • dba.brotherp

        60% of the time it works every time

  • CBHarris

    What about goatees? They are like the mullet of facial hair. Righteous on the side, party on the chin.

    • Matty B

      Goatees are the gateway drug to beards. They seem harmless, minimal, a casual thing that you can stop any anytime. But no, you shave it once and suddenly you feel weird like Tom Hanks when he was turned into a 12 year old in Big. You feel like you need to put on a white shirt and a horribly tied tie and pass the sacrament with the other deacons. You so desperately want to cover that smooth chin with facial hair so you commit to not shaving for the next week and you feel safe again in the sinful embrace of your goatee. Brother Harris, goatees are the flaxen cords that pull you to Hell. Dont worry, I will keep a seat warm for you down here 😉

  • 1yzguy

    …so I shaved my beard and felt more “in tune”, then I shaved my head and felt “glorious” …then I shaved my chest, and back …finally my legs … now as an all smooth man the way a man should be, I feel closer to the spirit and my fellow men. Wait, what?

  • thebunyionsux

    Why would you even joke about the church pissing people off? You must not know what members go though just to hold the lable Mormon. Thanks for making life a little more difficult.

    • dba.brotherp

      I think we know the label but maybe not the lable

  • regulatorrrs

    We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men as soon as the grow a little beard [as they suppose -Lorenzo Snow] they immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion and do drugs.

  • Kevin

    Why would anyone go to BYU. It’s a terrible school with a stigma on a national level

  • Russ Stevens

    Given the wrongs that have been done by the church leadership to me in the past, I can only conclude the governing body of this study is equally in the wrong. To dictate a man cannot have a beard without wearing a “permission” badge strikes me of another equally bad idea of identification started in the 1930s and ended only with the fall of Nazi Germany. I have referring to the Jews who were forced to wear a Star Of David on their clothing and have a number tattooed on their left forearms. The whole process started with seemingly innocent events which escalated into the holocaust, not I’m seeing the same events transpire at BYU.
    I have heard the argument, “As a church we’re trying to set ourselves above those around us.” The NSDAP said the same thing when they tried to define themselves as “the Master Race” and they spent an incredible amount of money and man hours on their “science”.
    As a Veteran of many conflicts the United States has fought, I have to say I fought against exactly this sort thoughtless bigotry. Granted persecuting Jews for their religious beliefs seems far more serious than a study concerning a man wearing facial hair, the parallel is just too close for my comfort.
    So I’m going to ask these questions. Is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints so vain of human beauty that they will not allow a man’s beard to cover it? Should I be concerned about the perceived threat to my manhood? Should I be questioning my membership in a religion that appears to have strayed from the path God set?

  • Randy Hall

    Before I realized it was a joke I thought of my boyhood prophet, George Albert Smith who I wanted emulate. He had a beautiful beard (go tee?).

  • VickiB77

    Wow! Really?? Small minds….

  • Heather

    Jesus had a beard…

    • Bob Belcher

      Just Like Santa….

  • Robyn Brown

    SO are they also going to be takeing all the phots of Christ in his bearded state down .. I think not … Why judge by someone’s appearance , it doens not change the true person they can be from the inside !

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  • Jomack

    Wait. Didn’t your so called “Christ” have a beard?…

    • Bob Belcher

      You’re beloved Darwin did…

  • Bob Belcher

    While we are on the subject of homosexuality, has anyone thought to look at the etymology of the word Marriage? There’s a reason we gave them civil unions… Geez.

  • Joe

    I can’t believe with over 200 comments nobody has brought up this talk by Gordon B!

    “We—the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve—have taken the position, and I quote, that “the Church discourages tattoos. It also discourages the piercing of the body for other than medical purposes, although it takes no position on the minimal piercing of the ears by women for one pair of earrings.””

    A pronouncement by the prophet and apostles that women shall not have more than one set of earrings else they defile the temple of God! Further, even one set of piercings on men is evil!

    “I submit that it is an uncomely thing, and yet a common thing, to see young men with ears pierced for earrings, not for one pair only, but for several. They have no respect for their appearance. Do they think it clever or attractive to so adorn themselves? I submit it is not adornment. It is making ugly that which was attractive.”

    Just as ridiculous as this satirical article, but unfortunately, based on truth.

  • Riley

    “He that is unable to grow a beard shall not shun those that are able.”
    -Habacook 3:18-…yeah it’s somewhere there in the Old Testament

  • Gort

    The date on this article is April 1st right? How can anyone in there right mind think beards change church attendance….but reading some of the post here it seems some people think this is real… many early members of the LDS church had beards? including Jesus.

  • Redbird~

    Right. Hey, wait, don’t you represent the “son” of your “God” with a beard? A pretty long one in fact. Oh, that doesn’t matter? Okay…

  • Melissa Georgi

    Good thing Christ didn’t have a beard…..

  • Jake Hamblin

    The study was done by BYU, a school that bans beards. Those that wear a beard in that community are choosing to go against this stupid rule. By wearing a beard to church or school you will be judged as a sinner. These judgments makes it harder to go to church. The church believes that wearing a beard misrepresents them, even though Jesus Christ wore a beard. The church should welcome all despite the hair on their face. The unrighteous judgments are what keep people from church, not a beard.

  • Jill Van Orden

    Read comments through the end and just have to say: Satire, folks, satire! Come on; laugh a little.

  • who_dat

    I can’t believe people think this is a real article or announcement. It is funny though.

  • Jennifer Wiezer

    Jesus had a beard and he was the most righteous of all.
    Yes I just went there.

  • Jennifer Wiezer

    What would James Harden say?

  • Norman

    How about you go and kiss my bearded Mormon butt.

  • Mitchell

    I’m just trying to grow a beard like Jesus. Since we are supposed to follow in his footsteps.

  • Tadatadum

    If the women can have beards so can the men.

  • ThorinsBane

    This is bYased. I’ve had a beard for 3 years and I’ve held many callings in the church, been able to bless my children and maintained worthiness. Get off your high horses.

  • Schpidah

    It’s time we have a conversation about the LDS women with beards…

  • spraynandprayn

    So, when did bearing false witness become acceptable? When we began calling it “satire”?

  • Wlsnjwilly

    Jesus has to a beard, and he was perfect, sooooo….what’s with the double standard?

  • Willard Sunnex

    To be perfectly honest, this is a true statement. Over hear in New Zealand, the percentage of men who have beards are pretty much the same. But in November each year we have a national campaign about changing and improving men’s health hence the term ‘Movember’, a non-member way to trick members in being cool like their peers. In the end we all have agency, you can do what you want, if the individual feels different or family members feel different, maybe no beard is a good idea, I wonder what the percentage of preference would be from the woman, those for or against the beard. I’m pretty sure it would be in the high nineties that are against it here in New Zealand. Oh well good luck.

  • Mike

    This article is stupid. I don’t believe those studies for one second, especially the one from BYU. It’s just opinion and the thing about facial hair in the honor code at BYU is ridiculous. I have lived in Utah my whole life, less than a mile from BYU and I think it’s so stupid how some members think we all need to be the same. Why can’t we be ourselves? Just because some look different doesn’t mean that they don’t have as strong of a testimony. Members just need to quite judging so much. When I was in young men’s my bishop made a rule for all the deacons, teachers and priests that we couldn’t participate in the sacrament if our hair went past our church collar. I love the guy but I still don’t agree with him even though he lives right in front of me and I have known him my whole life. It’s just not needed. We don’t need other members telling us how we should look.

  • Mike

    This article is stupid. I don’t believe those studies for one second, especially the one from BYU. It’s just opinion and the thing about facial hair in the honor code at BYU is so stupid. I have lived in Utah my whole life, less than a mile from BYU and I think it’s so stupid how some members think we all need to be the same. Why can’t we be ourselves? Just because we look different doesn’t mean that we don’t have as strong of a testimony. Members just need to quite judging so much. When I was in young men’s my bishop made a rule for all the deacons, teachers and priests that we couldn’t participate in the sacrament if our hair went past our church collar. I love the guy but I still don’t agree with him even though he lives right in front of me and I have known him my whole life. It’s just not needed. We don’t need other members telling us how we should look.

  • Brian R Gard

    A beard protects an outdoorsman from bitter winter winds, sunburn, and most of all, insane religious affiliation – it is protective!