The CTR ring has been a religious symbol of faith for the Mormon religion for nearly 50 years. The three letters meaning â€śChoose The Rightâ€ť, inset on a green shield, have a rich history, and a profound, deeper meaning for many of the churchâ€™s members. Since itâ€™s inception in the 1960s by the churchâ€™s Primary General Board member Hellen Alldredge, it has grown to become a fashion fad amongst the LDS people.
The creation of the ring was headed by a committee of eight women of the LDS church: Noami W. Randall, Norma Nichols, Virginia Cannon, Vauna Jacobsen, Ruth Clinger, Virginia Bryner, Jean Hughes and Helen Evans. Head of the committee, Noami W. Randall was the first to recommend that the symbol be officially incorporated into the churchâ€™s teaching material for the youth. The church wanted a â€śbadge of beliefâ€ť for both boys and girls.
Norma Nichols recalled, "Back then boys didn't wear necklaces and earrings, so a ring seemed like a good idea." The committee thought a shield would be appropriate as to â€śshieldâ€ť the youth from temptation. A green background for the shield was recommended in relation to the evergreen tree â€“ a tree that remains constant as seasons change. The committee contracted Coy Miles, president of a Salt Lake-based jewelry company to design the ring, and Joel Izatt created the artwork for the teaching materials.
In 1970, then apostle of the church Gordon B. Hinckley, officially announced the new â€śCTRâ€ť material in a church-wide conference as part of a program for six and seven-year-old children. In conjunction with the new program, each child was to be issued a new, CTR ring and also be taught its symbolic meaning. At the time of its release, the adjustable CTR ring made of a combination of nickel and platinum was sold for only 35 cents. Since then, the symbol and its meaning have been taught to the LDS primary-aged youth of the worldwide church.
Since the creation of the CTR ring, the symbol of the shield and letters have been put on t-shirts, earrings, bracelets, bookmarks, stationary, ties and hundreds of different ring designs in over 30 languages. Manufacturers pay royalties to the LDS church in order to put the shield on their own products. Thousands of CTR rings are sold each year through online retailers and brick and mortar stores, including Walmart. It has become popular for the members of the church, especially the youth, to outwardly express their devotion and commitment to doing what is right by wearing their CTR rings and other memorabilia.
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