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Holy Undies! What's The Deal With Those Mormon Temple Garments?

Updated on April 6, 2012

The Mormons, or as the prefer to be called, the Latter Day Saints (LDS), have special underwear that they wear under their 'normal' clothes, called temple garments. Not all LDS members are required to wear these special garments, or just garments, but many LDS sects feel that they are a necessary for them to enter the temple, and serve as a reminder of their covenant with God. They also offer the wearer protection from the evil forces they might encounter out there in the big scary world.

The original temple garments were a one piece undergarment, with an open crotch, covered with a flap. A modern temple garment consists of two pieces, a top, which is like a normal undershirt, and and bottom, which is like boxer briefs or shorts. Embroidered on the inside of the garment, are symbols of their faith. The letter 'L' (Mark of the Square) on the right breast represents honor in keeping the covenants of their faith. The letter 'V' (Mark of the Compass) serves as a reminder of their unyielding journey toward eternal life. A mark at the naval reminds them of their need for constant nourishment of body and spirit, and a mark on the knee is a reminder of Romans 4:11, "...every knee shall bow, every tongue confess..."

Temple garments are presented to an LDS member as part of an Endowment Ceremony, in which the members take certain oaths and are taught a series of passwords and gestures that will get them past the angels that guard the gate into heaven, then they are 'cleansed' and presented with their first garment. This Endowment Ceremony prepares LDS members to become royalty in the afterlife.

You might be wondering, if these undies are so powerful, where you might get a pair? Unfortunately, these magic underwear are only available to LDS members, so you either have to join the ranks or perhaps if you know a member who would not be offended by the suggestion, you may be able to obtain some. If not, you're doomed to live a life of wearing non-magical undergarments just like the rest of the world.


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    • Disappearinghead profile image

      Disappearinghead 5 years ago from Wales, UK

      It takes all sorts I suppose.

    • must65gt profile image

      must65gt 6 years ago

      Interesting information....And a little disconcerting too. "taught a series of passwords and gestures that will get them past the angels that guard the gate into heaven" The old Pharisees in the Jewish faith also forced their followers to wear Prayer shawls. But no where in the Bible did I read there are secret passwords to get by guardian angles, and "prepares LDS members to become royalty in the afterlife?" how will something man does elevate them among others in Heaven. If the information you presented is viable, then the Church of LDS's brings forth reflections of Jim Jones and Gianna. I think I'll keep my plain undies with the fruit on the label and my Haynes Boxers lol. Good hob though, thanks for the post.

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      I had no idea...I find the concept fascinating. The Knights Templar also had to wear a sort of special underwear, some sort of chastity garment underneath their suits of armour. It all seems vaguely uncomfortable, doesn't it?

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 6 years ago from The Caribbean

      In-ter-est-ting! Never heard of holy undies before. I'm sure that the reason for this has been very well figured out.

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      TMApsey 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      I think they have the option to buy more, but I feel kind of bad for the poor ones!

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      secularist10 6 years ago from New York City

      Good article.

      Actually, I think read somewhere that Gucci is coming out with some Mormon briefs and a Mormon thong for the spring collection. I might be wrong.

      Do you know if they get more than one pair? Or do they have to do their laundry like every other day?