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Caring for and wearing the temple garment is a very personal commitment, which means that garments can become a source of questions and differences of opinion among Church members. Although it will differ from person to person, the Church has given some general guidelines to help all members understand how to approach wearing the garment.
There are many unofficial opinions and practices on the topic, but the General Handbook is the official source for Church policy, and it contains just six short paragraphs in section 38.5.5, “Wearing and Caring for the Garment.” Here’s a closer look into the statements in each of those paragraphs.
Members who receive the endowment make a covenant to wear the temple garment throughout their lives.
The temple garment is received when a member is endowed in the temple. Although the modern temple garment was introduced in the Church in the 1840s, the principle behind sacred clothing is ancient.
An article on Newsroom and a companion video state, “Biblical scripture contains many references to the wearing of special garments. In the Old Testament the Israelites are specifically instructed to turn their garments into personal reminders of their covenants with God (see Numbers 15:37-–41). Indeed, for some, religious clothing has always been an important part of integrating worship with daily living. Such practices resonate with Latter-day Saints today.”
It is a sacred privilege to wear the temple garment. Doing so is an outward expression of an inner commitment to follow the Savior Jesus Christ.
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