This is not a subject I’m real comfortable with but apparently there is a LOT of misinformation about Temple Garments or as they are variously called Mormon garments, LDS garments, Mormon underwear or even magic underwear. Much of which I find offensive. Priesthood, or the power to act with the authority of Jesus Christ is not magic. You should not take the word of some one you know who told you such things. Find out for yourself.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently posted a style change about using the proper name of the church in print and so on.
Doctrine and Covenants 115:4, “Thus shall my church be called … The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”
One of the news (channel 15) posted on Facebook about the style change and I was surprised about all the comments about being a cult, magic underwear and so on. I trolled the trolls back and was surprised no one hassled me about it.
Let me explain that Temple Garments are Sacred not secret. Only after you have been interviewed, found worthy to receive a temple recommend and gone through the temple and received your endowments you are then expected to wear the garments as a reminder and convent with God to keep the promises you made in the temple.
I received my endowment and was sealed to my parents and siblings as a family unit for all time and eternity in 1983 just before I entered the Missionary Train Center or as we frequently call it MTC for short. There we (missionaries) were taught the basics of missionary work before we were sent to where ever we were called to go. I was called to the Sacramento California Mission for 18 months.
Exodus 29: 4-9, 21, 29 4 And Aaron and his sons thou shalt bring unto the adoor of the tabernacle of the congregation, and shalt bwash them with water.
5 And thou shalt take the agarments, and put upon Aaron the bcoat, and the robe of the cephod, and the ephod, and the breastplate, and gird him with the dcurious girdle of the ephod:
6 And thou shalt put the amitre upon his head, and put the holy crown upon the mitre.
7 Then shalt thou take the aanointing oil, and pour it upon his head, and anoint him.
8 And thou shalt bring his sons, and put coats upon them.
9 And thou shalt agird them with girdles, Aaron and his sons, and bput the bonnets on them: and the cpriest’s office shall be theirs for a perpetual dstatute: and thou shalt econsecrate Aaron and his sons. • • •
21 And thou shalt take of the blood that is upon the altar, and of the anointing oil, and sprinkle it upon Aaron, and upon his garments, and upon his sons, and upon the garments of his sons with him: and ahe shall be hallowed, and his garments, and his sons, and his sons’ garments with him.
• • • 29 ¶ And the holy agarments of Aaron shall be his sons’ after him, to be banointed therein, and to be consecrated in them.
Leviticus 8 Aaron and his sons are washed, anointed, clothed in their priesthood robes, and consecrated before all Israel—Moses and Aaron offer sacrifices to make reconciliation and atonement with the Lord.
Alma 5:21–24; Alma 7:25; Alma 13:11–12 Alma 5: 21-24 21 I say unto you, ye will know at that day that ye cannot be asaved; for there can no man be saved except his bgarments are washed white; yea, his garments must be cpurified until they are cleansed from all stain, through the blood of him of whom it has been spoken by our fathers, who should come to redeem his people from their sins.
22 And now I ask of you, my brethren, how will any of you feel, if ye shall stand before the bar of God, having your garments stained with ablood and all manner of bfilthiness? Behold, what will these things testify against you?
23 Behold will they not atestify that ye are murderers, yea, and also that ye are bguilty of all manner of wickedness?
24 Behold, my brethren, do ye suppose that such an one can have a place to sit down in the kingdom of God, with aAbraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob, and also all the holy prophets, whose garments are cleansed and are spotless, pure and white?
Alma 7: 25 25 And may the Lord bless you, and keep your garments spotless, that ye may at last be brought to sit down with aAbraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and the holy prophets who have been ever since the world began, having your garments bspotless even as their garments are spotless, in the kingdom of heaven to go no more out.
Alma 13: 11-12 11 Therefore they were called after this holy order, and were asanctified, and their bgarments were washed white through the blood of the Lamb.
12 Now they, after being asanctified by the bHoly Ghost, having their garments made white, being cpure and spotless before God, could not look upon dsin save it were with eabhorrence; and there were many, exceedingly great many, who were made pure and entered into the rest of the Lord their God.
Moroni 10:30-33 30 And again I would exhort you that ye would acome unto Christ, and lay hold upon every good bgift, and ctouch not the evil gift, nor the dunclean thing.
31 And aawake, and arise from the dust, O Jerusalem; yea, and put on thy beautiful garments, O daughter of bZion; and cstrengthen thy dstakes and enlarge thy borders forever, that thou mayest eno more be confounded, that the covenants of the Eternal Father which he hath made unto thee, O house of Israel, may be fulfilled
32 Yea, acome unto Christ, and be bperfected in him, and cdeny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and dlove God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be eperfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.
33 And again, if ye by the grace of God are perfect in Christ, and deny not his power, then are ye asanctified in Christ by the grace of God, through the shedding of the bblood of Christ, which is in the covenant of the Father unto the remission of your csins, that ye become dholy, without spot.
Topical guide: Clothing, garment, Covenant
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