Date: July 07, 2014 12:20PM
Take a look at this photo of the LDS Presidents and BINGO... Here comes David O MacKay the first one that is clean shaven! I've seen photos and statues of Brigham Young both with and without facial hair.https://www.lds.org/churchhistory/presidents/leaders.jsp
I saw this happen:
"David O. McKay presented a dramatic contrast to his predecessors: an athletic, movie-star-handsome, clean-shaven figure who often wore a white double-breasted suit; contrasted to the dark-suited, bearded polygamists (or, in the case of George Albert Smith, son of a polygamist) who preceded him as Church President ever since Joseph Smith. In an age prior to professional image-makers, he instinctively grasped the importance of appearance, and coupled it to the substance of a professional educator to become an icon of Mormonism whose persona did much to change the negative image of the Church in much of the world...http://mormonstories.org/mormon-stories-podcast-002-gregory-prince-and-david-o-mckay-and-the-rise-of-modern-mormonism/
I joined the LDS Church in 1961 with my little family in Portland, OR. Missionaries wore hats, dark suits, conservative ties, polished shoes, white shirts and presented a professional image. One actually sat on his hat one time at our little tiny house.
They also drove their own cars, sometimes rather odd.
My husband served in the late 50's in New England and their are was a Henry J.with open floor boards that didn't always run.
I know I see a lot of facial hair on men now days especially in certain work fields: construction, mechanics, repairmen, fishermen,firemen, (outdoors workers), in particular.Other than that, not so much.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/07/2014 12:20PM by SusieQ#1.