Thursday, October 23, 2014

LDS Church Issues Revised Video On Sacred Temple Clothing

While it is well-known that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued an unprecedented video showing the unique clothing worn in the temples, that video has now been rendered private. A revised video has been issued by the LDS Church:

After the initial video was released, the Church learned that one short clip used in the original video came from stock footage filmed several years ago, and that the Church member shown in the clip was the subject of criminal charges. Only those who maintain optimal standards of personal behavior may "star" in an official LDS video. So the Church replaced that eight-second clip with new footage, but the script, imagery and all other aspects of the video remain unchanged.

While the original video was well-received both inside and outside the LDS community, some devout Mormons were a bit discomfited by the casual public display of temple garments. Many older Mormons were originally briefed upon receiving their endowments that the ceremonies and clothing were secret, and promised dire symbolic penalties if they ever publicly revealed the information. So the Church's outburst of transparency surprised them, and they wish they had been warned in advance. Nevertheless, they also accept the change.

LDS temple garments serve as a personal reminder of covenants made with God to lead good, honorable, Christlike lives. The wearing of temple garments is an outward expression of an inward commitment to follow the Savior. People of other religions also wear special garments to symbolize their own covenants, including Jews with their yarmulkes and sheitels, and Muslims with their hijabs, burkas and chadors. Accessibility to temple garments is considered so important that the LDS Church authorizes the use of Desert Sand garments for those who require camouflage clothing on the job; the Church provides special garment guidelines for military, police, and firefighters who require camouflage. While temple garments have actually evolved over the years to maintain a proper balance between functionality and spirituality, the area of the body covered is basically unchanged.

Read the LDS Church's topical guide on temples for an overview of ceremonies conducted therein.


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The whole idea about garments was reminding one of having a light body. The upper breast marks LX or LUX means light. Cutting the sleeves and legs short takes away from original idea. A little digging into Mormon and masonic history will tell you garments were not revealed to Joseph Smith but the idea was borrowed from a French masonic group as was temple marriage from the same group. Joseph wore garments with red markings when he went with Emma to Hill Commorah.