As the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints grow and Mormons are in the spotlight more, there seems to be a growing interest in Mormon underwear (also known as Mormon undergarments or Mormon garments). While underwear is typically a private topic, now that you’re here, let’s make sure to answer your questions and dispel the intrigue surrounding Mormon underwear.
What is the big deal about Mormon underwear?
Many people are particularly interested in why Mormons wear these sacred undergarments. It’s interesting to note that religious clothing is a fairly regular occurrence in many world religions. It is often worn by those who are participating in certain religious ceremonies or who hold a specific position in the faith (e.g., priest, pastor, etc.). While in other faiths it is common to wear this religious clothing in plain view, Mormons wear the garments underneath their normal street clothes.
Perhaps the best description of Mormon underwear is that they are an outward express of an inward commitment. When Mormons go to the temple for the first time (typically around the age of 20), they participate in a sacred ceremony known as the endowment. The endowment consists of making covenants with God to obey the commandments He has given us. Mormons start wearing the garments during this first visit to the temple and will continue wearing it throughout their lives.
The temple is a beautiful and peaceful place where Mormon members can come to worship God and leave behind the worries and fast-paced lifestyle of the world. When going back into the world to resume studies, work, and personal lives, it’s not always easy to manage priorities. The garments serve as a constant reminder about the promises we have made to God to remember Him and keep His commandments.
Why don’t Mormons talk about these garments?
To be honest, I can’t remember any conversation I’ve ever had with my friends, co-workers or neighbors about their underwear. I wouldn’t expect it to be any different for Mormons.
Additionally, as mentioned earlier, the garments serve as a reminder of personal promises made to God. Just as with other things considered personal or sacred, Mormons treat this subject with a certain level of sensitivity. As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe in treating other faiths with respect, we too hope that others will reciprocate that same tolerance.