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A Fire Hazard

When he presided over the European Mission from 1901 to 1903, Apostle Francis M. Lyman required elders to grow beards to give a mature, dignified appearance in the culture of the time. His successor, Heber J. Grant, relaxed the rule, giving one elder permission to shave on the grounds that his bright red whiskers might be a fire hazard.

Ronald W. Walker, Qualities that Count: Heber J. Grant as Businessman, Missionary, and Apostle (2004) 265–66