Over on the unwritten rules thread, rabble-rousing Randy made a short comment about face cards:
A couple of years back, a couple of kids brought some face cards to youth conference. (The audacity!) One of the stake youth leaders objected and asked a member of the stake presidency to confiscate them. This counselor in the stake presidency (a convert to the church not familiar with the so-called evil of face cards) consulted his GHI and quickly determined that there was nothing addressing the issue. He then told the youth leader that he had no intention of taking away the cards in the absence of some directive in the handbook.
I must admit lack of knowledge in this area. I’ve heard from numerous church members that face cards are banned, or are evil. Randy’s comment seems to indicate that there is no official policy. What is the rule (if any) on cards? (No, not just suicidal kings). And does anyone have the extended explanation, if such a thing exists?
I should probably disclose that I have a pack or two of cards at home; I play Solitaire regularly on the computer; I learned to play hearts and spades while on my mission (!); and I occassionally (once or twice per year) have a poker night with former co-clerks, where the chips are a quarter and the nightly winnings (or losings) have always been under $10.