11
Oct

What is the Mormon Temple Garment (and is it magic?)


Hey guys. So Latter-day Saints are known
for a lot of strange things. We’ve got extra scriptures, we have secret temple
rituals, there’s the whole Kolob thing, oh yeah, and we have magic underwear. “What
now?” I don’t know why people are so interested in our underwear but people
obviously have questions about it so in this episode, we’re gonna talk about what
they are, what they’re for, and if they’re really as magical as everyone, except the
Latter-day Saints, say they are. After a man or woman participates in the
endowment temple ceremony, they wear what we call the temple garment throughout
their lives as an outward reminder of the promises they made with God within
the temple. These undergarments are meant to be a spiritual protection for us in
as much as they recall to our minds our temple commitments and fortify our
resolve to keep them. To help us remember the Savior and those covenants, there are
a few different symbols placed on different parts of the garment. Temple
garments are meant to symbolically mirror the coats or garments of skins
the Lord made and gave Adam and Eve to cover their nakedness after being
expelled from the Garden of Eden. We see similar sacred clothing worn by Levite
priests in ancient Israel for the same reason, “And thou shalt make them linen
breeches to cover their nakedness; from the loins even unto the thighs they
shall reach: And they shall be upon Aaron, and upon his sons, when they come in unto
the tabernacle of the congregation…” The temple garment is sacred to Latter-day
Saints just as other religious clothing is sacred to other faiths. In the Jewish
faith, men wear the small tallit under their clothes every day and the large
tallit outside their clothes. On the Sabbath or in synagogue in the Roman
Catholic faith, there’s the scapular along with several different articles of
clothing worn by the clergy. The Buddhists kasaya, the Sikh turban, the
Muslim hijab, etc. I guess people just think we’re extra weird because we wear
the garment under our normal clothes instead of outside them and that makes
it secret or scandalous or something, I don’t know. Anyway, people have a lot of
practical questions about the temple garment so I’m gonna rapid-fire answer
some of the most common ones. Do your regular clothes have to cover your
garments? Well, it’s encouraged, yes. This isn’t doctrine but in our culture the
temple garment acts as sort of a rough standard of modesty. We don’t alter the
garment to fit different clothing styles. That said, sometimes the edges around the
neck or the sleeves poke out a bit, it’s not a huge deal. Do Latter-day Saints
have to wear garments? No. Only those who have gone through the temple endowment
ordinance are encouraged to wear them both day and night. If you take those
covenants seriously, you wear them but even if you don’t, you’re not gonna get
kicked out. Do Latter-day Saints wear garments at all times? Well obviously not
all the time, it’s very practical if you’re going
swimming, you’re probably not gonna wear them or when you shower in the morning. There’s also this rumor that if you and
your spouse are spending some alone time together, you have to wear them and no, of
course not, look now we’re all uncomfortable. There’s another rumor
that’s been going around for almost 200 years now, some people have been under
the impression that we believe the temple garment is meant to provide some
kind of magical physical protection that it’ll stop bullets and such. Unfortunately, as awesome as that would
be, it’s simply not true. This rumor probably started in 1844 when
Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith, Willard Richards, and John Taylor were attacked
by a mob while in Carthage Jail. Joseph and Hyrum were killed and John was shot
up pretty bad. John later said that he, Joseph, and Hyrum had removed the garment
prior to traveling to Carthage because of the hot weather so at the time of the
attack, only Willard Richards was wearing the temple garment and only Willard
Richards escaped virtually unscathed. This led many people, including members,
to believe his garments physically protected him from harm and it didn’t
help when Hubert Howe Bancroft perpetuated this idea by writing in
history of Utah, “This garment protects from disease and even death for the
bullet of an enemy will not penetrate it. The Prophet Joseph carelessly left off
his garment on the day of his death and had he not done so he would have escaped
unharmed.” This may reflect Mr. Bancroft’s opinion but not the doctrine of the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Now is it possible the garments
can physically protect people? Sure, God can do whatever he wants. Heck, he can
heal blindness with mud. But temple garments are meant for spiritual
protection, not physical protection. When worn properly, the garment provides
protection against temptation and evil. Wearing the garment is an outward
expression of an inward commitment to follow the Savior.
That’s quick overview of what the Latter-day Saint temple garment is. If
you have questions, check out the links in the description, leave a comment
and have great day.

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20 Comments

  • Derek Ford says:

    Awesome

  • Chris says:

    Excellent job

  • KevlarX2 says:

    Excellent summation David.

  • Brendan Right Now says:

    Loved this

  • Antonio A. Caballero says:

    I think we all know why some people keep saying we wear "magical underwear".

  • Barry Royce says:

    What kind of material are they made from? It looks like they would be hot to wear in the summertime.

  • Karen Rossiter Munton says:

    Excellent explanation โ˜บ๏ธ

  • Madelyn Burgener says:

    When I was 13 there was a talk in sacrament meeting where a man in our ward told about the time he was in a house fire and suffered severe burns to the point shin was falling off his legs after he ran back in the house to find someone who hadnโ€™t gotten out but anywhere his garments covered was virtually unharmed. My grandpa who was fire chief at the time and was on the fire and confirmed it. His non member in-laws now always ask what kind of flame retardant material garments are made from

  • Zenos Villondo says:

    Such a great video David! Your beard is so beautiful too!!

  • J. P. says:

    Well done. Although we all know why people are so interested in the garment. It is highly unusual for a church to make your underwear a requirement to enter a building. Underwear are one of the most private personal choices we make and having a church get involved in the undie business seems like a blatant overreach.

  • Kathy Lanigan says:

    Hilarious and informative all at the same time. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

  • DivineDefecation says:

    So the underwear is a talisman? That is spiritual but not magic…

  • Uncle Floyd says:

    A very astute and concise explanation. Thank you.

  • Michael Jubilado says:

    That's is sacred clothes one member of the Church Military in the Philippines During Ambush by New People Army the Bullet fallen from the Body

  • Michael Jubilado says:

    I believe as a worthy Priesthood to use that garment have a power my experience in Santa Monica High School Coron Palawan Philippines many students possess by evil spirit I try to cast out but the 4 students back to normal if you like to investigate .you visit here in Philippines
    If you not worthy Priesthood no power that garment

  • Stella Davis says:

    But why wear them? If they aren't magic and don't give powers or stop bullets then why wear them? Why is underwear or any clothing from religion needed? If you are reading your holy books and saying prayers and indoctrinating yourself why would you need clothing to remind you who you are?
    Why do you have to cut out the symbols when done with the garments and either rip them up or burn them?
    Why were the garments changed and altered from when they were first introduced? They use to go to ankles and wrists, and even the then Prophet at the time,, Joseph F Smith, said to never alter them because that design came from the Lord. And now you have them as t shirts and shorts.

  • Ryan Mercer says:

    Magically uncomfortable if you arent a 5'7 140lb guy with a flat butt ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ˜‚ none of the bottoms fit me right, front and or back and or top and or quads. Also my ministering companion absolutely believes his garments protected him on his mission when he was hit, and thrown, by a bus ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™‚๏ธ

  • S Vance says:

    A very solid effort for accuracy. The only misleading parts I saw were the 4 temple covenants (simplified and slightly inaccurate) and leaving out the very real effect of the made up stories of Paul H. Dunn in the 1970s.

  • Michael Gillett says:

    Great video and explanation! I might offer one correction; in the beginning you said those members of the church wear the Garment after they are endowed; you wear the Garment as part of Washings and Anointing PRIOR to the endowment. In fact, there is a โ€œway pointโ€ (so to speak) in the endowment ceremony that says one must have the garment on to proceed with the rest of the Ceremony.

  • Kaitlin Lantz says:

    i am lds

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