Along with some frequently asked questions, there are some frequently repeated rumors or myths about Mormon garments that I thought it would be good to clear up.
Mormons believe that garments are “magical underwear”
No. The first time I ever heard this was from a critic of the Mormon Church. Nothing like this is ever taught in the Church. Instead, this name is used by critics of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to make fun of something sacred and to try to make garments seem weird.
Mormons believe that garments provide some form of protection
If you remember, Mormons wear the garments as a reminder of the covenants they’ve made with God to keep the commandments. Mormons believe that as they keep these commandments, God will bless them and strengthen them against temptation and sin.
Again, critics like to take these promises of protection and distort them to make it sound like Mormons teach that garments provide all forms of physical protection (e.g., bullets, fires, etc.). Contrary to this perception that garments are some sort of impenetrable armor, Mormons believe that the promises are generally of a spiritual nature.
Mormons have to wear the undergarments
Like any other commandment, it’s a choice. No one is forced to wear the undergarments, but rather members choose to wear them as a reminder of the promises they’ve made.
Heard others misconceptions?
Have you heard other common rumors about Mormon underwear and you’re not sure whether it’s true or not? If so, please send me a message. I’ll be sure to respond to your question and make sure to add it to the website if it can help others.