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My Mormon Underwear

I’ve wanted to write about the Mormon garment. I don’t call them my Mormon underwear or  magic underwear. That’s a derogatory term used by those who wish to ridicule Mormons who have made sacred covenants that include wearing a sacred garment. In fact, I find it inappropriate to talk about anyone’s underwear, sacred or skimpy or sexy or simply not there. Underwear is private, no matter what your faith or non-faith. Well, it used to be, before our society lost its moral compass. But since some people seem to be rude about this, I felt it necessary to share my side of the story.
Yes, I wear my garments. That’s what we call them. We  really don’t call them underwear. There are different styles and sizes and fabrics; tops and bottoms. I can choose tight-fit or loose-fit; but all the bottoms go to the knee and tops have a slight cap-sleeve for women. Men’s tops can be scooped-neck or crew-neck; bottoms are boxer-like or tighter. In fact, they don’t look that strange today. My sister-in-law, not a member of the church, saw mine and wanted some. One time, my daughter was visiting family (non Mormons) and left a top there. Her cute auntie called to her tell she left her “white top”, and she hoped it was OK that she wore it one day! She had no idea it was part of the Mormon garment.Can we take them off to bath and workout and be intimate — of course.
Do I have other sexy undies for fun in my married life — of course.There are several reasons why we wear sacred garments.  There is a long history of the wearing of a garment, beginning with Adam and Eve who were dismissed from the easy and blissful life of the garden, and relegated to this telestial earth, overrun with thorns, thistles, and noxious weeds. Our first parents were given coats of skin to cover their nakedness, as a protection, while continuing their sojourn here upon the earth. According to ancient tradition, the garment “of light” (miss-translated as the coat of many colors) was passed on, from father to son, down to Noah.

Adam and Eve with fur garments
Adam and Eve, coats of skin
Moses was told to bring Aaron to the tabernacle to be washed, and anointed and clothed in a garment.

 

There are other forms of clothing that represents or reminds the owner of promises. Through the ages, there have been clothing used for special achievements — robes with pretty silly looking hats at graduation from college. Grads in the past have kept the tassel and hung it on their rear view mirror or other fixtures.
graduation ceremony 2004. Photo taken by en:User:Clawed.
Others of faith have worn special clothing or accessories — For example: men and women wear crosses as a sign and reminder of their promises to Christ; priests wear collars and robes; rabbis may wear special clothing depending on their orthodoxy.  The Jewish prayer shawl, called a tallit is a special clothing, as is the kippah or yarmulke, covering the head. Veils for women are common in many faiths and marriage ceremonies.
David Berkowitz from New York, NY, USA
An Orthodox Jewish man wearing a Wool Tallit Katan
wikipedia
Ethiopian women at the Kotel during the week of Passover. Taken by Sputnik, on April 20, 2003, Jerusalem.
Young Israeli men of the Ethiopian Aliyah wearing kippot.
Cassie Ventura wearing cross necklace, photo: lukeford
Mormons that have been to the temple have made covenants to live righteous lives, much in line with keeping the ten commandments. To be clothed in a garment as part of this covenant reflects the ancient temple ceremonies. It is a reminder to me each day, to live faithfully, to love my neighbor as myself, to follow the commandments and be faithful to my spouse, to give to the poor and not hoard my wealth. I put aside the old man of sin (or wo-man, as the case may be), and put on Christ. The garment is the symbol of this covenant–that I carry with me. Some may wear a cross to remind them. It’s not that weird. We can respect each other’s faith.
Mormons do not wear their garments for others to see. It is just between me and my God. Mormons who serve in the military wear LDS garments that are the same color as military issue, so as not to stand out, but to keep these important reminders sacred.
When Joseph Smith restored this ancient custom for our day, he included women. Both men and women enter the temple to receive these ancient blessings:
The Lord commanded Moses to set up the tabernacle (the temple in the wilderness)–

And thou shalt bring Aaron and his sons unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and wash them with water.

 And thou shalt put upon Aaron the holy garments, and anoint him, and sanctify him; that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office.

And thou shalt bring his sons, and clothe them with coats:

And thou shalt anoint them, as thou didst anoint their father, that they may minister unto me in the priest’s office: for their anointing shall surely be an everlasting priesthood throughout their generations.

 Thus did Moses: according to all that the Lord commanded him, so did he. (Exodus 40)

Hugh Nibley relates the writings of Cyril of Jerusalem who wrote of being clothed in white linen after baptism.

“As Christ after his baptism . . . went forth to confront the Adversary, so you after your holy baptism and mystic anointing [the washing and anointing] were clothed in the armor of the Holy Ghost [a protective garment], to stand against the opposing . . . power. Having put off the old man’s garment of sorrow, you now celebrate as you put on the garment of the Lord Jesus Christ. Having been baptized in Christ and having put on Christ (cf. Galatians 3:2713) Cyril continues, “After you have put off the old garments and put on those of spiritual white, you should keep them always thus spotless white.” Nibley

The Testament of Levi from the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs:

Levi goes to Beit-el, where he says, “And I saw seven men, clothed in white, who said to me, arise and put on the garment (endusai). Each of the seven angels, the seven men in white, as he placed an item of clothing upon Levi, said: From this time, thou art a high priest of the Lord, thou and thy seed after thee, for all eternity. The first anointed me with holy oil and gave me the staff of judgment. The second washed me with pure water and gave me bread and wine in the Holy of Holies, and placed upon me the holy and glorious garment [the leather stole, the protective garment]. The third placed about me a linen robe like an ephod. Hugh Nibley “SacredVestments.”  

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05246850029056713294 Julie Harward

    Thank you, this was well written and easy for anyone to understand…you are amazing! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00131723337404316867 RoeH

    Yup. Well written. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05697196986038110683 Marydon

    I learned a lot here today & TY Julie for leading me here. Never having known about your garment(s), it was enlightening.
    Always love learning about other religions … well, written & interesting. TY

    TTFN ~
    Marydon
    blushingrosetoo.blogspot

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03817566692333650469 Leslie

    What an awesome post! I heard the term magic underwear recently on a news channel ..one that uses any excuse possible to belittle any candidate other then their beloved obama. I had no clue what they were talking about – now I know! I am a Christian woman and I love all people that believe in the goodness of God .. no matter what thief beliefs and traditions are. Personally, having met so many fantastic mormon women through the blogs, I admire them and ntThier faith!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11554000489672731030 renee @ Singing With Birds

    I have heard the term “magic” referring to our sacred garment. Growing up in Southern California, I was somewhat concerned that perhaps the garment would be too warm and even limiting. Magically for me, it has been a great blessing in my life. It serves as a constant reminder of what is important to me and my family. That’s what I would like others to know. Our beliefs are all about the example of Jesus Christ, our families, service, and devotion to God.

    Thanks for sharing such a beautiful post. I appreciate all you are doing to educate others about truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14137646539673498582 Trina

    Very well said. I like that you also remind everyone that LDS aren’t the only people wearing something different that represents something in their beliefs. I wonder if the reason the LDS garment is considered weird or different is that it’s not seen by the public since we wear it under our clothes. It’s more secretive because it’s underwear instead of a hat or robe etc.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17988796143736645049 Julie

    Congratulations for posting about such a misunderstood topic. Thanks for being so open and honest. I think, as you must, that when people come to understand more, we’re really not strange at all. This was wonderful to read!

  • Anonymous

    Ok it’s well written if you hold on to ancient superstitions and believe you having a maj in a ri friend named Jesus. plus living in Salt Lake City has allowed me a non Mormon, to have a unique perspective of the Mormon religion, or should I say cult. they believe in things even a small child would question and know is bullshit. like Jesus coming to the Americas, or that Native Americans are a lost tribe of Israel. they are sad people who should go away. if your religion is in a bunch of crazy bullshit, then come out and tell the world what you really believe. by keeping it secret allows me to know your lying. I mean let’s talk about the salamander papers. or the fact just a Smith wish tried in a few states as a con man. he was kicked out of New York for telling people he could find them treasure. he got caught cheating on his wife, so he told her God said it was okay. using God to be a piece of shit makes you the biggest mother fucker on the planet. your magic underwear is bullshit, I call bullshit because of the pagan symbols on it. but I did notice you left that out on your spill of the magic underwear. you yourself cannot be honest about your religion, oh I’m sorry I mean cult. and spending a lot of money to stopping prop 8 California, means you should lose your tax exemption. church and state or separate asshole. and I don’t want to live under what you consider to be morals. because in my 3 years living in Salt Lake City I can see nothing moral about Mormons

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  • JRSG

    This was a really good article. If only people would respect one another regardless of religion. It is interesting that other religions do not get made fun of about their sacred clothing like the LDS do. You know darn good and well that nothing will be said about Muslims because the person doing the offending will be on a hit list. Too bad LDS live a higher law…LOL!!! All kidding aside, there is no more moral high road these days. How sad. Yet we know this was how the world was going to turn out. And it even is not that wicked, yet. Amazing.

    • http://www.deilataylor.com/ deila

      That is amazing, because somedays it looks bad, and then I look around and see how plentiful the grocery store is, and realize that we still have yet to see the greater turmoil. I have been reading a lot about the last days, just finished Denver Snuffer’s book and Visions of Glory. It is comforting to find people searching for the meat of the gospel.

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