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Temple Garments FAQ

Washington D.C. Temple
Thanks to my stat counter account, I have discovered that a popular search item is the temple garment. That is understandable since it is such a symbolic and sacred item in our Church and inspires much curiosity in the outside community. Therefore, I am going to address some frequently asked questions about temple garments.

What are temple garments?
Garments are white undershirts and underpants that many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wear.

Who wears temple garments?
Members of the Church who have attended the temple wear garments. In order to attend the temple, they must be at least 18 years old and have received a temple recommend (card), which is given after two interviews with local Church leaders to establish personal worthiness to enter the temple. Most men receive their garments before going on their mission [at age 18 as of 2013]. Most women receive theirs before getting married or going on a mission [at age 19 as of 2013]. Worthy members who have not served missions or gotten married may receive them when they are ready. New members must wait 1 year after baptism to learn more about the temple. All wearers must show their temple recommend in order to buy garments.

How are temple garments worn?
Garments are worn instead of regular underwear. They are very modest and are not to be altered or removed in order to wear immodest clothing.

When are temple garments worn?
Garments are worn at all times, day and night. They can be removed for activities that obviously require removal: swimming, showering, sex. For sports, dance, and exercise, it is advised to wear clothing that cover garments. Some activities require clothing that exposes the garment, such as dance costumes, so Church members wear regular underwear instead. However, such activities are not excuses to take a break from wearing garments or to wear immodest clothing. For all the above activities, garments are removed only during the activity and then are immediately put back on.

Why are temple garments worn?
Garments are a constant reminder of the covenants (promises) we made in the temple, encouraging us to live righteously. They serve as a spiritual protection and help us to dress modestly.

Are temple garments magic underwear?
No. This myth has arisen from misunderstanding the protection they provide. Their primary role is to protect us spiritually, because they remind us to keep our covenants and thus build a strong defense against temptation and sin. However, there have been instances where garments have protected people from physical harm, like fire burns. Such instances are special blessings from God, who works by priesthood power, not by magic. Both types of protection rely on the wearer's worthiness and respect for garments.

Why are temple garments so secret?
Because garments are sacred and symbolic to us, we keep them private. It is highly offensive when others mock or disrespect them, as it would be to other Christian denominations if someone vandalized the cross or used it to represent something evil. Wearers ought to take great care in covering their garments. Besides, no one should display their underwear, regardless of what type it is!

Discussion: Any other questions?


Mrs. Sanchez said…
Very interesting, Cheski. I knew a little bit about it, but this was extremely thorough!

And yes, I agree, noone should be showing others their underwear. :)
Amy said…
I thought this was very well written...I just have one suggestion. You typed:

"It is highly offensive when others mock or disrespect them, as it would be to Christians if someone vandalized the cross or used it to represent something evil."

This may give others the impression that Mormons are not Christians. Does that make sense?

Other than that, I felt you did a great job answering many FAQ! :)
Francesca said…
Thanks for the insight, Amy. I changed the wording and hope it works better.
Amy said…
i think that's great!!
Anonymous said…
Good article. You explained the wearing of garments in a simple way. Hopefully, this will help undo some of the silly beliefs that individual may have because of misinformation.


P.S. Who's an editor's editor?
Anonymous said…
I like your article-DAD

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