A long post today, I am going to talk about something I wrote on a personal friend's blog recently about modesty. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon) we are often reminded that modesty in our clothing brings about a happier life.
When I was close to getting married, I went to the LDS temple. There are many LDS temples throughout the world, but I went to the Salt Lake Temple.
I had been outside many temples throughout my life, they are beautiful to look at!
When I turned 12, I was able to enter certain parts of the temple, as a baptized and worthy member of the church.
I was baptized at 8, the age when all members can get baptized. This, along with being "worthy," or in other words, being righteous and obeying the commandments, are what allowed me to enter the temple at the age of 12.
When you reach the age of around 18, people begin to consider visiting the temple in a different way.
Often it is because they are leaving on a Mormon mission or getting married. Other times it is because they feel ready.
This time around, visiting the temple is held very sacred. You make promises to yourself and the Lord about keeping commandments. You are then able to visit many other parts of the temple. You also start wearing garments. This is what sometimes people often refer to as "magic underwear" or "Mormon underwear".
I would never call them such things, I feel that they are too sacred, but you may have heard them referred to by those names.
Now, out of respect, I won't share everything that they mean to me, but I will tell you a little but about what wearing these implies for daily life.
- I wear them everyday under my clothing, just like other underwear.
- The top has a cap sleeve, like a regular t-shirt.
- The bottoms (depending on the material) usually hits about mid-thigh to about the knee. Different materials provide a bit of a difference in lengths due to composition.
- They serve as a reminder of the promises I try to keep everyday.
- They are meant to be covered by my regular clothing as a sign of respect; they shouldn't be shown around.
- They shouldn't be removed unless circumstances prevent you from wearing them. (i.e. swimming, working out, sex, or if your job requires that you wear a specific uniform.)
- They are not magical! I believe in miracles, but not magic. Garments are sometimes confused as magic because they seem mysterious to those that are unfamiliar with them.
- However, because they are so special, choosing to not wear my garments for purposes of fashion would be disrespectful to the promises I made.
Here is a video with some more information:
I bring these up because they have a lot to do with my modesty standards. When I was younger, I still held modesty to a high degree (or sometimes should have! hah!) but not like I do now. When wearing garments, I make sure that they are covered by my clothing and that I am always wearing them. This has changed what clothing I can wear quite a bit!
Here is what I wrote on my friend's blog:
"It is hard to stay modest, especially when the whole fashion world is not geared towards that. In fact, I don't even really view woman who dress immodestly as sinners. I think that everyone should stand up for what they believe in, and if that means short shorts, then do it! As for me, I agree. I have felt more comfortable in social situations ever since I chose to wear clothing that covered my chest, or my butt! It was a lot less tugging and hunching over to try and feel comfortable! Plus, I know it is what we as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints have been asked to do, so, we do. To me, it is kind of like exercising. It is hard while you're doing it, and you often don't see the results until later on, but it is what (doctors) have asked you to do, and it is what you KNOW you should do. So, you carry on!"
Please remember that I am human and just because I know these things and believe in these things, doesn't mean I haven't or won't make mistakes!
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