Latter-day prophets strongly discourage the tattooing of the body. Those who disregard this counsel show a lack of respect for themselves and for God. The Apostle Paul taught of the significance of our bodies and the danger of purposefully defiling them: “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are” (1 Corinthians 3:16–17).
Those who have a tattoo wear a constant reminder of a mistake they have made. They might consider having it removed.
“Dress and Appearance,” For the Strength of Youth
“Tattoos and Your Mission,” youth.ChurchofJesusChrist.org
“Think Before You Ink,” youth.ChurchofJesusChrist.org
“Q&A: Questions and Answers,” New Era, March 2006
“More Than Skin Deep,” New Era, February 2001