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GARMENTS SIGNIFY SACRED PROMISES
Many Mormon adults wear garments as a reminder of sacred promises made with God
in the temple.
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Garments

Many ask about temple garments or so called, “Mormon Underwear.” People of faith often wear special clothing or accessories as a reminder of their religious beliefs and commitments. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are no exception.

As with the Jewish tallit katan (prayer shawl), which is often placed beneath street clothing, temple garments are worn by faithful Mormons underneath regular clothes. These garments are simple, white clothing composed of two pieces: a top piece similar to a T-shirt and a bottom piece similar to shorts. Garments serve as an outward reminder to Mormons of their commitment to love, worship, and follow Jesus Christ.

Garments are Personal Reminders of Promises Made with God

Biblical scripture contains many references to the wearing of special garments. In the Old Testament the Israelites are specifically instructed to turn their garments into personal reminders of their covenants with God (see Numbers 15:37-41).

Because of the personal and religious nature of the temple garment, the Church asks others to treat the subject with respect. This includes referring to Mormon temple garments with the same sensitivity given to the religious vestments of other faiths.

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  • Eric
    Eric K. Johnson answered...

    Some Christians sometimes wear a cross around their necks to remember the Lord. Jewish men wear yarmulkes. Mormons who have participated in saving ordinances of the temple wear a garment under their clothes to remind them daily of their covenants they make with God to obey His commandments and live the Gospel faithfully.

  • Wendy
    Wendy answered...

    Once inside the Temple, we make new covenants, agreeing to live lives of service to our fellowmen, faithfulness to spouse, dedication to building the Kingdom of God, etc. In return (a covenant is a two-way promise) the Lord endows us with blessings including greater spirituality and peace. We are often asked about the garments we wear. Our garments are sacred and holy, symbolic of the vows we have made to God, and set us apart from the world (sort of like a Nun's habit sets her apart signifying the vows she has made). However, we wear our garments under our clothing, close to us, because of their sacredness.

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