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Q. What is the reason for wearing Mormon sacred/holy garments and is it required?
A. Many religions have clothing or accoutrements that serve various purposes: Catholic vestments, yarmulkes, crosses on necklaces, the Sikh 5 Ks. Like other religious apparel, Mormon “garments” are symbols, though because they are worn as underwear they are private expressions of faith rather than public identifiers of our religion.
Adult Latter-day Saints who have gone to the temple and made covenants with God are expected to wear garments as an “outward expression of an inward commitment” to honor those promises. We wear them as a constant reminder to ourselves of who we are and what we believe.
Agency is a paramount principle of the Church and while members of the Church are given guidelines about how and when to wear garments, each person makes his or her own choices as “guided by the Holy Spirit.”