When Mormons participate in the temple endowment ceremony for the first time, they make covenants with God to follow His commandments. At this time, they also start wearing Mormon temple garments (sometimes referred to by non-Mormons as “Mormon underwear”).
Why do Mormons wear the temple garments?
Special clothing is worn by members of many world religions. Much of this clothing is worn for public view and therefore, more people are generally familiar with and have become accustomed to it. For example, Catholic priests and nuns each have specific religious clothing that they wear to symbolize their position and devotion.
Mormons wear temple garments to remind them of the promises they have made to God at the temple. Simply put, it is an outward expression of an inner commitment. Because it is a personal commitment, this clothing is worn underneath our clothes and therefore is less visible to others.
What is the Mormon temple garment like?
The temple garment is white to symbolize purity. It is not all that different from other undergarments. For example, men wear an undershirt and a pair of boxers/briefs. Each has small symbols sewn within the fabric to serve as a reminder of the promises.
Still have other questions?
There are a few informative websites that members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have compiled to help answer some of the other common questions: