History of the CTR Ring
As one of the most popular and best-selling items we carry, the CTR ring, for many Mormons, is more than just a symbol of faith. It is both a pledge to oneself and others and a reminder of a way of life. Though an easily recognizable badge for 13 million LDS followers, the history of the symbol is often lesser known or forgotten. More than a mere fashion statement, the ring began as a "badge of belief".
During the early 70's, a church committee made up of eight women and headed by Naomi W. Randall, presented the idea of incorporating a symbol into the church's teachings for the youth of the church. With a shield as a background, the initials CTR were emblazoned on face to stand for "Choose the Right". Green was chosen as the shield's color in representation of the evergreen tree; a reminder to the youth that wears the ring, the tree that stays true to itself even as the seasons change. The badge of belief was made into a ring as both genders could wear it comfortably.
With the announcement of the new "CTR" curriculum in 1970, CTR rings were given out to any of the children participating in the program. Along with the gift, they were taught the meaning of the symbolic ring and how it could help them make the right decisions when needed. The program has enjoyed continuous success and is still a fundamental part of church life for all LDS children.
Today the CTR symbol is manufactured on a variety of LDS gifts and LDS jewelry pieces an in over 30 different languages throughout the world. Both youth and adult members of the church wear their CTR badges with pride as they keep true to their commitment to both the church and its beliefs.