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And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.

Showing posts with label Garments. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Garments. Show all posts

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Temple Garments FAQ 2

Oakland CA Temple
More analysis on my stat counter has prompted me to write yet another post on temple garments, this time for Church members. Some information is repeated from the last FAQ to clarify common questions.

What age to wear garments
Officially you can attend the temple and begin to wear garments at age 18 if you are worthy. Most leaders discourage doing so unless you are preparing for a mission or marriage to ensure readiness, necessity, and maturity. However, all worthy members may attend the temple and wear garments regardless of mission service or marital status. Newly baptized members must wait one year so they can learn and grow spiritually. Keeping temple covenants is serious, and leaders want to make sure you are prepared and willing to take on that responsibility, no matter what your age.

How to order garments
To order garments, go to your local distribution center, which is usually next to the nearest temple. If there isn't one close by, then you can order garments online at store.lds.org. You will need to sign in to or create an account with lds.org.

Garment types and sizes
The employees at the distribution center will show you the different fabrics and styles and can measure you for size. Fabric and sizing information can also be found online at store.lds.org (lds.org account required).

How to care for garments
The employees will tell you how to care for each fabric type or you can find the information online at store.lds.org. Always be respectful of garments: don't throw them on the floor or treat them lightly, and wear them properly as instructed in the temple. When garments start to get dingy, buy new ones. To learn how to dispose of old garments, ask a Church leader or temple worker or look it up in Handbook 2 online.

Garments and exercise
It is your choice to wear garments or not during exercise and sports activities, but leaders strongly recommend wearing them for protection and modesty. Some people do not like to get garments sweaty and dirty or accidentally expose them (like with basketball shorts). Others like to wear them out of comfort or habit. In deciding, examine your motive: are you taking off your garments to take a break or wear immodest clothing, or to wear a required uniform or avoid exposing your garments?

I believe that the better your understanding and testimony of temple covenants, the more you will see garments as a blessing and joy and not a nuisance to you, and your desire to wear them continuously will increase.

Garments and regular underwear
There is no need to wear other underwear with garments since garments serve the same purpose as underwear. Some women like to wear panties over or under their garments when they have their period. Bras can be worn over or under the garment top.

How to explain garments to others
The following excerpt is from Preparing to Enter the Holy Temple:

There may be occasions when endowed members of the Church face questions on the garment.
On one occasion one of the brethren was invited to speak to the faculty and staff of the Navy Chaplains Training School in Newport, Rhode Island. The audience included a number of high-ranking naval chaplains from the Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish faiths.

In the question-and-answer period one of the chaplains asked, “Can you tell us something about the special underwear that some Mormon servicemen wear?” The implication was, “Why do you do that? Isn’t it strange? Doesn’t that present a problem?”

To the chaplain who made the inquiry he responded with a question: “Which church do you represent?” In response he named one of the Protestant churches.

He said, “In civilian life and also when conducting the meetings in the military service you wear clerical clothing, do you not?” The chaplain said that he did.

He continued: “I would suppose that that has some importance to you, that in a sense it sets you apart from the rest of your congregation. It is your uniform, as it were, of the ministry. Also, I suppose it may have a much more important place. It reminds you of who you are and what your obligations and covenants are. It is a continual reminder that you are a member of the clergy, that you regard yourself as a servant of the Lord, and that you are responsible to live in such a way as to be worthy of your ordination.”

He then told them: “You should be able to understand at least one of our reasons why Latter-day Saints have a deep spiritual commitment concerning the garment. A major difference between your churches and ours is that we do not have a professional clergy, as you do. The congregations are all presided over by local leaders. They are men called from all walks of life. Yet they are ordained to the priesthood. They hold offices in the priesthood. They are set apart to presiding positions as presidents, counselors, and leaders in various categories. The women, too, share in that responsibility and in those obligations. The man who heads our congregation on Sunday as the bishop may go to work on Monday as a postal clerk, as an office worker, a farmer, a doctor; or he may be an air force pilot or a naval officer. By our standard he is as much an ordained minister as you are by your standard. He is recognized as such by most governments. We draw something of the same benefits from this special clothing as you would draw from your clerical vestments. The difference is that we wear ours under our clothing instead of outside, for we are employed in various occupations in addition to our service in the Church. These sacred things we do not wish to parade before the world.”

He then explained that there are some deeper spiritual meanings as well, connecting the practice of wearing this garment with covenants that are made in the temple. We wouldn’t find it necessary to discuss these—not that they are secret, he repeated, but because they are sacred.

The garment, covering the body, is a visual and tactile reminder of these covenants. For many Church members the garment has formed a barrier of protection when the wearer has been faced with temptation. Among other things it symbolizes our deep respect for the laws of God—among them the moral standard.

For more great resources on understanding garments, search for temple garments in the Gospel Library on lds.org. For more FAQ, click here. For another post on garments, click here.

Challenge: Strengthen your testimony of wearing garments by learning more about them, attending the temple, and wearing them properly.

Monday, April 19, 2010

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?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Temple Garment

After my endowment in San Diego
In General Conference 1997, Elder Carlos E. Asay shared the following story: “A few years ago, in a seminar for new temple presidents and matrons, Elder James E. Faust, then of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, told about his being called to serve as a General Authority. He was asked only one question by President Harold B. Lee: ‘Do you wear the garments properly?’ to which he answered in the affirmative. He then asked if President Lee wasn’t going to ask him about his worthiness. President Lee replied that he didn’t need to, for he had learned from experience that how one wears the garment is the expression of how the individual feels about the Church and everything that relates to it. It is a measure of one’s worthiness and devotion to the gospel.”

Can you imagine a temple recommend interview based on that one question? I can, for the proper wearing of garments shows modesty, obedience, and respect for, understanding of, and dedication to temple covenants. In short, “‘How it is worn is an outward expression of an inward commitment to follow the Savior.’”

I remember the first time I put on my garments in the temple. I thought it would feel weird or awkward. Quite the opposite was true: immediately they felt comfortable and right, and I knew they would be a protection and blessing to me.

With the passing of time and daily habit, it is easy to forget these feelings. We need to think, as Elder Asay thinks, that garments are “the Lord’s way of letting us take part of the temple with us when we leave.” The symbolism of the temple garments reminds us of the covenants we made and the blessings we may receive if we keep our covenants. In turn, these reminders help us to choose the right.

“The heavy armor worn by soldiers of a former day, including helmets, shields, and breastplates, determined the outcome of some battles,” noted Elder Asay. If we wear our garments properly, we will have the armor we need to win the battle against the devil and his armies.

With all this power and protection, we will be blessed. “Don’t forget,” reminded Elder Asay, “that the word garment is used symbolically in the scriptures and gives expanded meaning to other words such as white, clean, pure, righteous, modesty, covering, ceremonial, holy, priesthood, beautiful, perfection, salvation, undefiled, worthy, white raiment, shield, protection, spotless, blameless, armor, covenants, promises, blessings, respect, eternal life, and so forth.”

Challenge: If you wear garments, evaluate how you wear and regard them. Go to the temple often to remember the covenants and blessings associated with them. If you do not yet wear garments, prepare now for that beautiful transition. Wear modest clothing and undergarments. Keep your baptismal covenants. Use what symbols and power you have right now—CTR rings, the priesthood, the sacrament, scripture mastery verses—to make good choices and show Heavenly Father you are ready and worthy to make and keep sacred covenants and properly wear temple garments. And when that time comes, welcome it and be faithful.