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Mormon question.....It might be too personal.

I have just recently become friends with some LDS people, and they have been very kind in answering many of my questions. One has been plaguing my mind for quite a number of years:
Why the long underwear? I mean, it makes sense to dress modestly, but what is the reason behind the underwear that is an outfit in itself?


Asked by Anonymous at 10:42 PM on Mar. 5, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • The "long underwear" are called garments. They are something that LDS members who have gone through the temple wear. One of our church leaders said they are: "a reminder of the sacred covenants made with the Lord in His holy house, a protective covering for the body, and a symbol of the modesty of dress and living that should characterize the lives of all the humble followers of Christ." Many different religious people where special clothing (priests, rabbis, etc.) we just wear ours under our clothing. There are references in various scriptures to this type of clothing. Exodus 28:1-4, Genesis 3:21(God made clothing for Adam and Eve), Isaiah 61:10, are just a few of the KJV Biblical references:) 


    Answer by soccerchik8287 at 11:55 AM on Mar. 6, 2009

  • lmao hahaha

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:45 PM on Mar. 5, 2009

  • Uh oh the drawers question again.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:38 PM on Mar. 5, 2009

  • Speaking as someone who had an LDS friend with benefits for quite some time, I'm intrigued. What long underwear?

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:23 AM on Mar. 6, 2009

  • They wear long underwear with symbols on them. The symbols stand for stuff....they don't get the underwear until they have been in the temple, and foregone some ceremony thing...

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:41 AM on Mar. 6, 2009

  • my aunt wears them and she says that keeps you from exposing your body just in case your not sure iff its too shore or low! i understand her point!

    Answer by sunshyne251 at 1:04 AM on Mar. 6, 2009

  • Mormons believe that they will protect them. You can find lots of stories of people saying they were burned in a fire up to their garments (long underwear). It also has something to do with temple ceremonies and a life long commitment to God.

    Answer by jcsscfam5 at 2:09 AM on Mar. 6, 2009

  • We hired a nanny for a summer who was LDS and came from Utah. She didn't wear long underwear. This obviously isn't a practice that all Mormons follows.

    Answer by Marwill at 9:40 AM on Mar. 6, 2009

  • Yep, what soccerchik said! OP, t's not really another outfit in itself or really that long either. More like shorts and a t-shirt. (not really that different from underclothes that some might wear anyway.) Especially men.

    I like what soccerchick said about religious clothing others wear. They wear thiers on the outside because that's thier "job". LDS members also have individual jobs within thier congregation, but most of us also have regular every day jobs. It wouldn't make sense for the "waitress" or "lawyer" to walk around in thier religious clothing. Therefore our religous clothing is underwear. It's something we can have for us to remember the commitments we've made to God. And because it is underwear we don't have to explain (hehe, except for curious poster once in a while) why we have it on, because it's not obvious that we are wearing it.

    Answer by Nika75 at 3:38 PM on Mar. 6, 2009

  • There are stories of people being protected by "the garment" and I tend to believe them. But it's not like we count on it as a sure thing for protection. Many garment wearing LDS members still get in car wrecks, burned, maimed...what have you and are definitley not protected like some have been. Maybe it has more to do with someones faith in God than the actual garment. We've all heard stories from people of all religions about miraculous things happening ( or rather not happening) when someone should have been killed or hurt very badly but don't have a scratch on them.

    Answer by Nika75 at 3:42 PM on Mar. 6, 2009