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What are Special Undergarments, LDS Temple Garments or Mormon Underwear the Mormons Wear?

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LDS Temples where Mormons receive the garment

The Beautiful Reconstructed Nauvoo Temple.  I took this picture July 2007.

The Beautiful Reconstructed Nauvoo Temple. I took this picture July 2007.

LDSNana Answers the Question: Why Mormons wear the temple Garment?

Y - Question: Archbob

"I've always heard that Mormons have some kind of special underwear garment which I never understood. I asked my friend whose family is Mormon but never got a satisfactory explanation."

M - Answer: LdsNana-AskMormon

Your question regarding the wearing of the temple garment that is worn by many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is probably that one particular subject about the LDS Church and its members that prompts the most curiosity in the minds of the general public; than likely any other inquiry that is made.

If you were to ask nearly any Mormon what it is that they hear, or are personally asked about most often, it will no doubt be, the wearing of our "secret, magic or funny - underwear" as many refer to them.

Of course, they are referring to the white temple garments which endowed members of the LDS Church wear every day. Adult members, when they go to the temple for their first time, to receive their endowment are given the garment ceremonially. In the temple endowment faithful members of the church make sacred covenants with God. The temple undergarment serves as a reminder to all endowed members of the church of the covenants that they have made with God.

The garment is worn underneath the normal clothing at all times. They are removed only for obvious reasons and activities, but are put back on as soon as possible.

Just so you know, when these descriptions referring to the garment are heard by most members -- you are most commonly met with a bit of a chuckle. Honestly, we get it! We know that to those who have no knowledge or understanding of the wearing of the temple garment, it just sounds strange.

I am very happy this question was asked, and I hope that in some way I can help with demystifying it somewhat for you, as well as others. It is a subject that those who oppose the LDS Church are having a hey-day with. It is nice to have an opportunity to talk about it with those who are seriously interested in understanding, the practice and meaning, of why Mormons wear the temple garment?


In the world but not of the world...

Think about it, we live in a world that is ready to ‘take it off’ at the drop of a hat. (not all) But the majority of clothing today is pretty skimpy, especially for those of us who are female. If you didn’t know, I raised three daughters and had to go shopping for Prom dresses, umpteenth times! Yikes. You cannot imagine how difficult it is to find a modest dress these days. So, here you have a seemingly strange group of people, where, even when the thermometer hits 100 degrees outside, they are still wearing Bermuda shorts and t-shirts - with sleeves!

Yes, that certainly seems crazy doesn’t it? Hey, I’m willing to give you a break on this one... after all - it’s only normal that the rest of you would want to know, WHY Mormons wear the temple garment?

And so, if you can’t get an answer readily or perhaps are uncomfortable asking a Mormon, it’s easy to just begin to believe all the tales you hear about the garment. I get that too... again normal.


Ye are the light of the world...

Many have asked questions of LDS members as to why we do NOT wear the symbol of the cross as other Christians? I personally have no aversion to the cross, but choose to display my devotion to Jesus Christ in another manner.

LDS members consider the temple and the covenants that are made therein, to be the symbol of our faith. The temple garment is sacred. Choosing to walk through the doors of the temple to make and keep sacred covenants with God is a privilege for us -- and is how LDS members worship.

The wearing of the holy garment is a very personal choice for me, of which I do not generally share. I want my life and the way I live it, to be a testimony that I am a Christian -- because I do those things that I have covenanted with God, to do. It is keeping the faith, to walk in His paths, not my own, or my own interpretation of His ways. Jesus Christ taught how others could recognize His people or sheep.

“By their fruits, ye shall know them”.

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It will be what they do and not what they wear on the outside - whereby you discern His covenant people. Remember, that He also taught that those who were of Him, would be a light in the world...

A light shines, wherever it is lit... and need not do anything else, than to be; and yet, it will ‘give’ light to all that are in need.

A Light Shines Wherever it is lit - and Need Not Do Anything Else, Than BE...



And Yet, It Will 'Give' To All That Are In Need Of Illumination.




Matthew 7:15-20

15 ¶ Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth devil fruit.

18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

It is no accident that the reference to this sheep, or intruder, is made to his clothing. Clothing is what we wear and is easily seen by everyone. It is on the outside. Apparently this is how we will identify these false prophets. Jesus Christ who is the Good Shepherd and the sheep represent those of His fold.

Yet here, some sheep among the flock, are being revealed to be ravening wolves. In other words, these impostors will mingle freely amongst His other sheep. It will be by their outward manifestation or their clothing, that ultimately they can be detected.

A paradisiacal state of existence

There Was No Sorrow Or Death.

There Was No Sorrow Or Death.

The Lion And The Lamb.

The Lion And The Lamb.

Everything Came Forth In Abundance...

Everything Came Forth In Abundance...

The plan for an Atonement foreordained

In this reference, it is my opinion, that these self-proclaimed prophets come unauthorized, and move among the children of God as if they belong. Thus, they call out to the other sheep, and say... ‘come follow me’ - here is the easy way; and many follow. Apparently they like what these other sheep are wearing.

The wearing of the holy temple garments, dates back to the record in Genesis. Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden, because of transgression... by partaking of the fruit, they chose Satan, over God - which brought about sin, resulting in The Fall.

Their existence would now be in a world where evil would abound, and death would have its claim on them, both physically and spiritually.

Therefore, as foreordained before the Creation of the earth; for this is the very reason God Created the earth - Our Savior covenanted with God the Father, that He would expiate on our behalf - that we could again be innocent and free from the sinful effects of a fallen world - before our Father. This atoning Sacrifice of The Son of God, enables all who are born into this world of sin, to return clean... back into our Father's Presence once again.

Choice allows us to learn good from evil

...and they partook.

...and they partook.


John 1:7 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

The laws of Heaven demand, that no unclean thing can dwell in the presence of God. Thus the need for one who was perfect to atone for our sins. This plan for the salvation of man was designed by Heavenly Father. It was absolutely necessary for us to have our learning experience in a fallen world... separated from our Perfect Father who is in Heaven. For He cannot look upon sin with the least degree of allowance. This is unlike anything that Adam and Eve could have possibly imagined when they chose to disobey God.

After partaking of the fruit, Adam and Eve’s eyes were opened, and to their surprise they realized that they were naked! To be naked is to be without the knowledge of good and evil,(NOT good OR evil) or the effects of one in contrast to the other -- for both exist. This was big news to the happy couple. Therefore because of their disobedience - they had a very unexpected epiphany! In realizing their condition as a result of their actions 'they' must have sorrowed greatly.

The nakedness that they experienced prior to The Fall, was NOT detected by them... because nobody had told them that they were naked. In other words... just as a baby, Adam and Eve, were not ashamed -- one bit. Even we know, that this is because a baby is born completely innocent, or without that knowledge that would cause them shame. The fact that you can be naked or 'not' - has never occurred to them. They are not placed in a situation, where they must choose, for one reason or the other - to be or not to be - (naked) as this has NOT become a question, yet.

Until someone says "where are your clothes"? These little ones are clueless that to be without clothing is not acceptable in our world. Even when they begin to catch on to this we will see a little toddler run around giggling, as they know at least enough that they probably should not be running around naked. This comes from the reaction of other people to their behavior. As theymature unfortunately the evil of the world sends its messages -- that to be completely bare brings on those things that can get us in trouble... to say the least. You just can't casually walk down the streets these days, with nothing on! Or else.

Adam and Eve - driven out of the garden

From The Garden Of Safety...

From The Garden Of Safety...

Into Mortality To Learn How To Choose...

Into Mortality To Learn How To Choose...


...become as a little child.

...become as a little child.

God has all knowledge of both good and evil

This was the condition of Adam and Eve while in the Garden of Eden. (both spiritually and physically) Although the Garden of Eden was filled with complete light, was beautiful, fruitful and free from the pain, sorrow, sin and death that we experience here in mortality -- while there, they remained innocent, of all that was negative. Therefore, they lacked a completeness of knowledge. In essence, they were only partially with a fulness; and God is The Fullness.

The Fall, which initiated sin through Adam and Eve, brought about the need for a Savior and Redeemer, who could make restitution for the choice that was made by Adam and Eve; to transgress the commandment that God had given them while in the Garden of Eden. And we, their posterity, are now born into a world where sin would inevitably be our condition as well -- and we too, ‘could’ have knowledge.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint, teaches clearly, that the Fall, was part of God’s Plan for the Salvation of His children. And also, that little children are born completely innocent through the atonement.

Moses 6: 54

  1. Hence came the saying abroad among the people, that the Son of God hath atoned for original guilt, wherein the sins of the parents cannot be answered upon the heads of the children, for they are whole from the foundation of the world.

(SEE NOTE: Pearl Of Great Price - Book Of Moses)

Temples - where heaven and earth connect

Adam And Eve, Offered Sacrifice In Obedience To The Lord.

Adam And Eve, Offered Sacrifice In Obedience To The Lord.

Endowed from above

In driving Adam and Eve out of the Garden, God who loved them, and knew that this would and must occur had also prepared to provide a way for them; and all of their posterity to once again be made clean. Therefore, because Adam and Eve saw that they were naked,they were now capable to choose to make covenants with God. As a token of their covenant with God, He made ‘skins’ for them to cover their ‘nakedness’; and they were taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ; which is The Plan of Salvation.

John the revelator, was given an amazing vision; which took in an entire sweep of the history of the world from beginning to end...


16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

One, By One, By One...

One, By One, By One...




Remembering Jesus Christ

The fulfillment of the atonement of Jesus Christ, enabled and brought forth the laws of Grace and Mercy. The marvelous saving powers would now be applied to all those who willingly receive Jesus Christ and keep His commandments.

The holy temple garments, which God placed upon Adam and Eve, as they were cast out of His Presence in the Garden, represents, or is a token, of the promises that God gave Adam and Eve, in that; If they would covenant to keep all of His commandments, they would receive all of the blessings of The Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the means by which the Gospel of Jesus Christ is administered today, by His chosen servants. The holy temple garments, which were given to Adam and Eve, and is still today placed upon those who have made the very same covenants. The wearing of the holy garment is a constant reminder of those sacred covenants that individuals have made with God.

Jesus Christ was the last and great sacrifice

Which End - The Shedding Of Blood...

Which End - The Shedding Of Blood...

Sacrifice brings forth blessings

The blessings of being faithful are that here, as we wear these holy temple garments, we are more likely to remember our promises to God; and in return He has promised to protect us from the buffetings of Satan.

This is powerful in the lives of members of the LDS Church. We believe that through His grace, that as we exercise our faith in Him -- by making and keeping these sacred covenants -- His grace does attend us, which allows us greater power to resist evil and continue to retain a remission of sins.

The representation of the skins which God placed upon Adam and Eve are a token of the sacrifice of the Only Begotten Son; which is at the very center of the Fullness of The Gospel of Jesus Christ. The holy temple garments are worn by those who willingly choose to make and keep sacred covenants with God, thereby -- as they remain faithful, they are clothed or covered by and through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The wearing of the holy temple garments, are a sign, that members of the LDS Church have truly take His name upon us... He is our covering.

Gen. 3:21,21

21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

22 ¶ And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil...

The skins which were given to Adam and Eve in the Garden, are symbolic and point to the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ Himself. He was the innocent Lamb, without sin -- and who offered Himself a ransom for us through His sacrifice for our sins. He was the Righteous offering on our behalf which was acceptable before God the Father.

"Soon after Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden the Lord gave them the law of sacrifice, which included offering the firstlings of their flocks in a similitude of the sacrifice that would be made of the Only Begotten Son of God (Moses 5: 4-8). Thereafter, whenever there were true believers on the earth, with priesthood authority, sacrifices were offered in that manner and for that purpose. This continued until the death of Jesus Christ, which ended the shedding of blood as a gospel ordinance. It is now replaced in the Church by the sacrament of the bread and the water, in remembrance of the offering of Jesus Christ. Sacrifices were thus instructive as well as worshipful. They were accompanied by prayer, devotion, and dedication, and represented an acknowledgment on the part of the individual of his duty toward God, and also a thankfulness to the Lord for his life and blessings upon the earth "(see Gen. 4: 3-7; Gen. 8: 20; Gen. 22: 1-17; Ex. 5: 3; Ex. 20: 24) [KJV BD] italics added.

Jesus Christ - His Resurrection and Ascension

He Will Come Again In Like Manner...

He Will Come Again In Like Manner...

And On The Third Day, He Arose...  As The Prophets Testified!

And On The Third Day, He Arose... As The Prophets Testified!

Safely home again in the arms of His love


He hath covered us

Jesus Christ literally bought us with His innocent blood which He shed for each one of us. He gave All that He was, His very body, His Life’s blood, to appease the demands of Justice on our behalf. His perfect sacrifice has brought about immortality through the resurrection and eternal life - - whereby He overcame death and hell.

Rev 7: 20, 21

20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

It is my testimony that the holy temple garments that were placed upon Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden; which represented the Sacrifice of the Lamb; continues today, in remembrance of Him and His infinite atonement on our behalf. I feel privileged to have been blessed to go to the House of the Lord and receive this sacred endowment.

I sincerely hope that this has helped you to understand a little bit better the meaning and sacredness of the holy temple garment that endowed Mormons wear. I consider it a pleasure to have answered this question.

Thank you for asking a Mormon.



Update: In October 2014, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a video (below) explaining more about Mormon underwear and LDS temple clothing, including photographs:

"Temple garments are worn by adult members of the Church who have made sacred promises of fidelity to God’s commandments and the gospel of Jesus Christ in temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

To Church members, the modest temple garment, worn under normal clothing, along with the symbolic vestments worn during temple worship, represent the sacred and personal aspect of their relationship with God and their commitment to live good, honorable lives."

"Mormon Underwear" is the Temple Garment and is Sacred to Latter-day Saints

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hoosierheart on September 07, 2012:

I am so glad I came to your website! Your explanation of the temple garments answered the questions I had (because of the way some in the mainstream media have made joking references to "magic underwear") regarding those garments. The wearing of the temple garments are a sacred tradition among LDS that deserves respect and admiration. Thank you for this very helpful, informative website.

Kathryn Skaggs (author) from Southern California on April 15, 2012:

How very kind of you. I'm so glad you found it helpful. : )

Liz Rayen from California on April 15, 2012:

LdsNana, I am in awe of your hub and will definitely be reading more. You have explained the subject on temple garments so well and thorough and to those who would not have a clear understanding should come away feeling at ease after reading this. Bill is right, you do have a special calling for this. Keep it up! :) Lisa

Kathryn Skaggs (author) from Southern California on September 20, 2011:

Great! I'll watch for your friend request! : )

iskra1916 from Belfast, Ireland. on September 20, 2011:

Thank you, I will check it out and add you on Facebook

Kathryn Skaggs (author) from Southern California on September 20, 2011:

@iskra -

You're very welcome. Here is the link to the official website of the Mormon Church in Ireland. You'd probably be surprised to find out that there are more members there than you realize. : )

Feel free to friend me on Facebook

iskra1916 from Belfast, Ireland. on September 20, 2011:

Thank you for your answer.

I'm not sure if there are any LDS members in Ireland, to be honest. Although, there used to be Mormon missionaries from the USA who used to call at doors in our town years ago