For a long time, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (a.k.a. the “Mormons”) have experienced some amount of misunderstanding concerning their religious clothing. Most religions have identifying religious garb that is visible, usually worn over other things, or worn alone: the Jewish Prayer Shawl, the Catholic Chasuble, and so forth. For those religions who have externally-worn clothing with religious meaning, most outside their faith accept their practices without issue.
Mormons, on the other hand, wear their religious clothing differently. For one, we have religious clothing that is worn only inside our temples. This reflects the ancient Israelite traditions as described in Exodus 28-29:
While our temple clothing certainly isn’t as elaborate as what is described in the bible, much of the symbolism is the same.
Perhaps our most misunderstood religious clothing is what we call the “temple garment.” These are underclothes that some Mormons wear under the clothing, as a constant reminder of the promises we’ve made to keep the commandments of God. They are a personal reminder of our personal commitment to God, and are not meant to be visible externally.
Recently, the LDS church released a video explaining our religious clothing. You can view it here:
I personally have heard my fair share of ridicule concerning my religion’s clothing. For the most part though, that ridicule comes from those who either have some issue with the Mormon church to begin with, or would otherwise ridicule any religious clothing. I’ve never been personally “offended” by such ridicule, since i know it is born out of general disrespect of religion, or other issues.
If you found this post because you are curious about “Mormon underwear” then I hope the video sheds some light on the subject and answers all of your questions. If not, please feel free to ask any questions you may have here!