What are “garments”? Where and when should I buy them? (Done)

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Shortly before you go to the Temple, you will need to buy what we call “garments.” This is sacred underclothing worn by those who have received their endowment in the Temple.

Garments are not actually worn regularly until after you’ve gone through and been endowed (or clothed) in the Temple. There are several different patterns and fabrics available, but all reach to the knees. You may thus need to make adjustments to your wardrobe if you’re used to wearing short shorts or tank tops. Your parents, Bishop, Elders Quorum President or Relief Society President will know where to buy them locally and can assist you if you have questions. If you know your membership number, garments can be ordered from the Church’s catalog.

Garments are sacred, and we treat them as such.

In connection with [the Temple] ordinances, in the Temple you will be officially clothed in the garment and promised marvelous blessings in connection with it. It is important that you listen carefully as these ordinances are administered and that you try to remember the blessings promised and the conditions upon which they will be realized.”

-Elder Packer, The Holy Temple, 155.

Once you are endowed, you have the blessing of wearing the Temple garment throughout your life. You are obligated to wear it according to the instructions given in the endowment. Remember that the blessings that are related to this sacred privilege depend on your worthiness and your faithfulness in keeping Temple covenants. The garment provides a constant reminder of the covenants you have made in the Temple. You should treat it with respect at all times. You should not expose it to the view of those who do not understand its significance, and you should not adjust it to accommodate different styles of clothing. When you wear it properly, it provides protection against temptation and evil. Wearing the garment is an outward expression of an inward commitment to follow the Savior.

-”Temples” in True to the Faith.

Elder Carlos Asay wrote an article in the Ensign about garments, “The Temple Garment: An Outer Display of an Inward Commitment.” Ensign, August 1997:19-23

The Encyclopedia of Mormonism article is also helpful. Other references about garments, Temple and ritual clothing in general can be found under Temple Clothing on the Temple Index. ©

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