This title comes from the Lord’s instructions to Samuel about looking for a king. It was as appropriate then as it is today. So much of our life in the church focuses on the outward appearance. The Mormon culture is fascinated about creating uniformity. Even among those on the outside of the culture there is a sense of claiming unity with the church means you are a Molly Mormon or a Peter Priesthood.
These focused arguments are for me tiresome and annoying. Honestly, tell me what role a white shirt has in the salvation of souls, or why someone needs to shave their beard to be a leader? It is cultural, not scriptural from what I can see. I understand that some may find this post surprising but let me tell you it has been something I have said before.
I do think white shirts have their place in our sacrament tables. I think clean appearance and Sunday best are important. But I also remember a Stake President who once said, “I love it when I come to church and smell smoke on a strangers cloths. Because I know they are either coming back or investigating the church. “