So my ward, like probably most of yours, had our ward Halloween party this week. Likewise my ward, like I suspect most of yours, had a no-mask rule in effect. This caused some challenge for us as our son had an off the shelf Optimus Prime costume. And let’s be honest. The mask is a lot of it. We got creative and painted something like an Optimus Prime face on him. He was happy as could be and didn’t mind.
It got me to thinking though. What is the basis for this mask rule? While I can fully understand not wanting masks on teenagers to ensure you know who is at parties, the no mask rule for younger children never made any sense. Looking around I can’t see any high level Church rule for it. Yet nearly every ward enforces it.
There are also the inevitable (and dubious) theological reconstructions attempting to explain the mask ban. I’m sure you’ve heard these — the idea that they are somehow devilish or the like.
Honestly most explanations I hear are just plain silly. Anyone know where this idea came from?
(Note – I can understand being careful with masks outside as it restricts vision which can be dangerous on roads)