Date: December 11, 2011 03:12PM
Yes, cutting symbols in the body is an old tradition that is practiced in some tribes in Africa even today, including female circumcision. (I watch way too much Nat/Geo! )http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scarification
So, I don't find it odd at all that there would be some discussion at least about this type of cutting in the original history of the LDS Church.