“I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”
- Isaiah 61:10
If you don’t happen to be a Mormon, the subject matter of this chapter may set you to scratching your head in confusion or outright incredulity. If you are a Mormon or someone who is testing the LDS waters, this chapter may enlighten you in ways you never before thought of, assuming you can conquer your anxiety and fear regarding a perspective that is not strictly Mormon. Either way set aside your initial reaction before continuing on, bathe this issue in prayer to Almighty God and Jesus Christ, and read this with your Bible handy.
The issue of Mormon Garments—special, spiritually blessed underwear that helps to ward off evil from the wearer—is more than a subject matter for either ridicule or amusement. It is a microcosm of the entire Mormon Religion. The concepts, doctrine, and beliefs that surround the issue of Mormon Garments are a description of the totality of the full Mormon faith. To understand the reasoning behind the Garments is to understand the reasoning behind Mormon doctrine.
With that, this issue is more than a poke at something apparently ridiculous from an outsider’s perspective and more than an attempt to bash a doctrine of faith from an insider’s perspective. This issue is revealing regarding the nature of Mormonism as a whole. It is an unmasking of the whole, not just a part.
Mormons believe that the latter day restoration of Temple ordinances included instructions concerning the wearing of a garment of what they believe to be essential to the priesthood. Members of the Church who receive their endowments in the House of the Lord (their Mormon Temple) will covenant to wear their sacred priestly undergarments throughout the rest of their lives. The undergarments have symbolic marks of spiritual significance to the wearer. These garments are manufactured and distributed by an agency of the Church.
The following quote reflects the Mormon view and belief regarding these undergarments. Read More
Joseph Smith and Garments
Joseph Smith was hypocritical in his garment practices. He instructed the members of his Church on how to wear the Garments, yet he himself did not follow his own rules. Of the four men who were in Carthage Jail at the time that Joseph and Hyrum Smith were killed, three of them had removed their Garments—one of which was Joseph prior to leaving Nauvoo. Willard Richards was the only one of the four who was wearing his Garments at the time of Smith’s death.
What were the reasons for removing their Garments? The answer seems rather contradictory. Read More
Legalism of the Garment
Mormon Garments are an extension of the Mormon philosophy. Garments are a requirement to attain the highest kingdom, one of the works that is deemed necessary to achieve salvation outside of or in addition to Jesus Christ. Called legalism, this philosophy Read More
“I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.” – Galatians 2:21 (NLT)
As one who has experienced the problems of legalism, let me sketch out for you the well-known symptoms:Read More
I went through this very mind game. I wanted to constantly feel close to God. I tried to do this by obeying every Read More
Symbols of the Garment
When I was a Mormon, I did not understand the symbolism sewn into my Garments. I just accepted them with blind obedience. Read More
Symbols have meaning, however, and the ones attached to Garments do too. Read More
Garments, a Relationship Killer
Beyond the oppression I felt with wearing the Garments, and beyond the physical discomfort of wearing Garments on hot days, these Garments drove a wedge deep into my marriage.
God purposely created men to be turned on sexually by visual stimulation. He also created women to be very attractive and sexy to a man’s eyes. Why should man take what God has made so beautiful and cover her up from the eyes of her husband? Read More
Another problem that I know to occur is either the woman or the man becomes so ‘righteous’ in their Garment duties that they become the Garment police for his or her spouse. This adds a judgmental spirit into the marriage that forces separation—physical, yes, but also emotional. I distinctly remember how judgmental I would get when my husband would remove his Garment because it was too hot. I didn’t, and my spirit towards him distanced us from each other.
Aside from the negative impact these Garments have on the marriage, they add conflicting aspects to your other relationships within the church. Another Mormon can spot if you are wearing your Garments. The Garment lines under your clothing are difficult to conceal completely. At times, you will be required to do a Temple interview to reveal if you are wearing your Garments 24 hours a day, both day and night. You will either:
- Feel guilty and confess the truth that you are not wearing them constantly (few do).
- Feel self-righteous because you are wearing them exactly like you are supposed to.
- Or you will lie, as I know many do. They tell the bishop that they are wearing the garment exactly as they should be. This is usually the choice most members make if they have an upcoming wedding to attend or they choose to attend the Temple regularly.
When you allow yourself to be controlled by manmade rules, the end result will be death, death to fun, romance, and possibly your marriage. Satan desires to put a wedge in between you and your spouse. He will do it with fear, guilt, control, manipulation, and more. His plan is to rob you of the joy the Lord has given to you.
The Armor of God
Ephesians 6:13-17 teaches us what it is that we should put on everyday and keep on. The Bible does not instruct us to wear a garment that is manmade. Instead, we are instructed to wear spiritual armor that actually has power against spiritual forces (Ephesians 6:12).
“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”
- Ephesians 6:13-17
Ephesians 6:12 clearly indicates that the conflict with Satan is spiritual, Read More
God’s Armor Provides Protection Against Satan
The Armor of God is the only thing that can protect you from Satan…not a manmade Garment that Read More
God’s Armor Protects Your Joy
Joy is not something that God asks you to sacrifice for Him. In fact, it is one of the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). If you are commanded to do something that is supposedly spiritual, but it begins robbing you of the joy that God would bless you with, then something is very, very wrong. The Armor of God is designed to help you enjoy all that God has for you. After all, God commanded us to rejoice in the Lord always (Philippians 4:4). God would not command something that would cause you to be uncomfortable and irritable, causing disconnect in your marriage. The Armor of God is one of the many ways God has provided for us to preserve our joy.
The solution here is not to follow a list of dogmatic manmade rules that serve no Biblical purpose, but to don the Armor of God and let it renew your mind. When we begin to think differently, we will live differently. Let the Holy Spirit give you a different way of thinking and evaluating things. Let Him convict you on how you should be dressing modestly.
“You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,” – Psalm 30:11
When our minds are renewed, we will discover the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God (Romans 12:1-2). But we cannot do this by force, manipulation or guilt. This will not promote real change. This will only cause rebellion. Read More
God’s Armor Preserves True Righteousness
God has removed all fear of punishment for those who are His children. We must trust God Read More
A Prayer of Healing
“Lord, I thank You that you are my covering and protection. I am so grateful to you for allowing me to come to You just as I am with nothing to hide. Thank You for loving me with all my flaws and imperfections. You are my shield and my strength, my deliverer and my redeemer. I ask for Your discernment, Lord. Help me to dress modestly in a way that pleases You. I ask You, Lord, to help me feel comfortable with my body around my spouse so that we can stay intimately connected as You have designed us. Thank You for setting me free, Lord Jesus. With the freedom You have given me, I will honor You. In Your mighty name, amen.”
 Carlos E. Asay, The Temple Garment –An Outward Expression of an Inward Commitment, (Ensign magazine Aug. 1997).
 Linda King Newell and Valeen Tippetts Avery, Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith, (Doubleday, Second Edition), p. 189.y
 George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle: The Journals of William Clayton, (Signature Books, Salt Lake City 1995) p. 223.
 Hubert Howe Bancroft, History of Utah, (1889) p.257.
 Elder Cree-L-Kofford, Quorum of the Seventy, Marriage In The Lord’s Way, Part Two, (Ensign, July 1998)
 Elder Russell M. Nelson, Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
 David John Buerger, The Mysteries of Godliness: A History of Mormon Temple Worship, (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 2nd ed., 2002).
 James Shaw & Tom McKenney, The Deadly Deception (La Fayette, LA, Huntington House Inc., 1988), Appendix B, 142-144.
 Points 1-7 are used with permission by GotQuestions.org