I will never ever forget that day. The top piece resembles a T-shirt – it covers the shoulders completely and hangs below the waist. The practice of wearing reminders of one’s faith and devotion has been practiced for as long as history exists. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the position of the Church. straight out asked me to have sex-kind of like he was asking me to pass the salt at dinner. This one’s more of a loophole. The Jewish prayer shawl. Well, I still remember the first time I took them off. In Mormon culture the term garments has been adapted to mean these special undergarments. Street clothes are worn in the temple by people attending weddings, called “sealings,” performed in the “sealing rooms” of the temples. Plain and simple. [19] Some church leaders have compared the garment to the clerical vestments worn by clergy of other churches. And, like religious clothing in those many other faiths, garments are worn daily to show constant respect for the Lord and temple covenants. Thank you again for taking the time to learn about my religion. (Waking Up), I remember when I first quit wearing my garments and how feminine I felt. Just as with other religions, we too have this reminder to help us focus on the Savior of the World. The Mormon garment is symbolic in much the same way. The white color symbolizes purity and the length and cut of the garment helps assure modesty in dress and appearance. Some of them struggled at first... Temples are often some of the most beautiful buildings in any city, and many people would like to visit them to see what they are like inside. The garment is directly related to Mormon temples. But that’s not the whole story. But others experience a sense of freedom: I cannot believe I let another grown man ask my wife and I what kind of underwear we were wearing and volunteer the information with a cheery smile. [7], The garment is given as part of the washing and anointing portion of the endowment. You say tomayto, I say tomaaahhhto. Mormons see this “underwear,” their garments, as very sacred. I have never met a Mormon that I didn’t enjoy having as a friend. Again, if you’d like to engage in a respectful and thoughtful discussion, I’d be glad to. Mormons are counseled not to expose them to ridicule. [2] Some people in pop culture mockingly refer to sacred Mormon garments as “magic Mormon underwear.”  In this post, I hope to explain what it is, and why it deserves respect. "[18] For this reason, most church members feel uncomfortable discussing the garment in a casual or disrespectful manner. I couldn't stop laughing!! I believe Jim’s response was typical of what I have come to expect from him. [11][12][13][14][15], According to the LDS Church, the temple garments serve a number of purposes. As a general rule, it can be taken off when it is appropriate to take off regular underwear. It can also be taken off when a man and a woman have sexual intercourse, but only in the confines of marriage. The symbolism of the garments is so precious and sacred that Mormons will not discuss it outside of the temple. Hallelujah! Needless to say, the bonehead died of leukemia at 49. Many world religions require their members to wear certain clothes either all the time or temporarily (for example during religious services or during special ceremonies such as marriage). True-believing Mormons avoid allowing their Garments to touch the ground. Indeed, not all Mormons wear these garments. Street clothes are worn in the temple by people attending weddings, called “sealings,” performed in the “sealing rooms” of the temples. Wearing the garment is also "an outward expression of an inward commitment" to follow Jesus Christ. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Also, there are age requirements (generally after someone is 18-years-old, but it depends on the circumstances). "[17] In Mormon folklore, tales are told of Latter-day Saints who credit their temple garments with helping them survive car wrecks, fires, and natural disasters. I don’t think the hijab of Islam is necessary. For more on the reasons WHY Mormons wear temple garments, read this. I own an online company where I create websites which are read by millions of people. [39], Type of underwear worn by adherents of the Latter Day Saint movement after they have taken part in the endowment ceremony, Note that the union suit postdates the temple garment by at least two decades, as the first union suit was patented in the United States in 1868. [25] In addition to the Square and Compasses, Taylor described the other symbols as follows: the collar represented the idea that the Lord's "yoke is easy and [his] burden is light", or the "Crown of the Priesthood"; the double-knotted strings represented "the Trinity" and "the marriage covenant"; the navel mark represents "strength in the navel and marrow in the bones"; and the knee mark represents "that every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is the Christ". Many religions around the world have special clothing to symbolize their relationship with God. After all, Mormon garments themselves are treated so very lightly by the world and, in Mormon belief, it’s never appropriate to present the most sacred beliefs to those who will only mock, since they don’t know enough to understand. A temple garment, also referred to as garments, the garment of the holy priesthood,[2][3][4] or Mormon underwear,[5] is a type of underwear worn by adherents of the Latter Day Saint movement after they have taken part in the endowment ceremony. [10], Temple garments are sometimes derided as "magic underwear" by non-Mormons, but Mormons view this terminology to be both misleading and offensive. The views expressed by individual users are the responsibility of those users and do not necessarily represent the position of the Church. The underwear have sacred symbols drawn from the Masonic Order into which Joseph Smith was initiated shortly before he proclaimed God’s desire that people wear the Garment. For temple-going Mormons, the garment serves much the same purpose as religious clothing throughout history—it privately sets them apart from the world and signifies a covenant between the wearer and God. Women cannot wear plunging necklines, sleeveless tops, mini-skirts, or shorts while wearing the garment.