Mormon Doctrine, pg. 775; “The practice is a desecration of the human body and should not be permitted, unless all that is involved is the placing of a blood type or an identification number in an obscure place. (Deut. 14:1.)”
Deuteronomy 14:1; “Ye are the children of the LORD your God: ye shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead.”
Leviticus 19:28; “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.”
Here we have a couple of things going on.
First of all the scripture they used is technically not about tattooing. The people in this day would either cut their bodies in desecration during their mourning the death of a loved one or they would also shave their heads and baldness would be a sign of mourning. (A bald/shaved head was symbolic of the globe they worshipped). If they were cutting themselves they would then take their blood and smear it upon themselves in devotion to their particular god or idol they worshipped. This is part of ba’al worship.
Jesus is the One who has altered the property (body) of death by hanging on the cross. When we desecrate ourselves in mourning we are symbolizing that we want the dead to be remembered as well as the god we’ve made the sacrifice to.
The next thing to notice is the ambiguity in the Mormon doctrine’s teachings.
Tattoos are bad, but if you’re going to do it then hide it? Hmmm…when was the last time you told your kid to lie and hide his sin?