I was at a conference on religion over the weekend and, over drinks one night, grooming behavior among the LDS came up. A never-mo in the group of people with whom I was chatting wondered whether there were formal grooming standards in the LDS Church. As various people chimed in, it eventually came out that it used to be customary for leaders to have facial hair, but that changed over time (see this study for more info. on this:Nielsen, M. E., & White, D. (2008). Men’s grooming in the LDS Church: A qualitativestudy of norm violation. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 11, 807-825.).
The never-mo among us then asked, “What did the beards look like?” The responses led him to suggest that someone needed to create a picture of one of those prophets with ZZ Top. Thus, I give you: ZZ Top and Joseph F. Smith: