When I was 14 years old, I was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I made a promise and covenant with the Lord that I would always remember him and keep his commandments. I later served a mission and prior to serving I went to the Temple and made more sacred promises of fidelity to God’s commandments.
As an adult member of the church, when we enter the temple we wear sacred clothing during temple worship. Faithful members of the Church wear sacred underclothing. Some people have termed these as secret, or “magical underwear.” For worthy members of the Church they are sacred and we wear them as a constant reminder of the sacred promises we have made with God. They come in two pieces and are referred to as the “temple garment.” They are white to symbolize purity. We wear them constantly underneath our regular clothing.
Other religious faiths have sacred clothing they wear. The Nuns wear the Habit. Priests wear the Cassock, Jewish men wear the Yamaka. Muslims wear the skullcap. Buddhist Monks wear the saffron robes. These are sacred clothing worn outwardly. Sacred but not secret. We do not wear any outwardly clothings of vestments. There are sacred temple clothing that we wear while performing sacred temple ordinances inside the temple. All adult members of the Church who enter the temple to perform sacred ordinances wear sacred outwardly clothing as well. There is no differentiation between members when we do temple worship. All are the same.
In Exodus 28:4 we read: And these are the garments which they shall make; a breastplate, and an ephod, and a robe, and a broidered coat, a mitre, and a girdle: and they shall make holy garments for Aaron they brother, and his sons, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office. These sacred clothing are mentioned in the Bible.
Sacred clothing has been a part of the religious worship throughout all times. The temple garment that members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wear these modest under clothing as a symbol of their devotion and love for God. They are not secret, but sacred. And we would ask people to respect the sacredness of these garments that we hold dear just as we would respect the clothing worn by other religious faiths.
We hope that people not of our faith who refer to these as “magic underwear” or secret would think of them as sacred and respect the honor of our sacredness of these garments that we hold dear to us as a symbol of our faith to our God.
We read in Numbers 15:37-41, the Lord spoke unto Moses that the children of Israel should make clothing, “…that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the Lord…” Religious clothing has always been an integral part of worship. The temple garment is that way for us as Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to always remember Him and as a remember to keep his commandments.
It is our hope that people not of our faith will remember the sacredness of the “Temple Garment” and have respect on them as we do. They are sacred and not secret. We hope that all people will remember the sacredness of these garments just as they would remember the sacredness of clothing worn by other faiths.