10 Really Uninteresting Facts About Mormon Underwear

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Rumors have long swirled about mormon underwear and have recently been re-ignited since Mitt Romney, himself a Mormon, entered the national spotlight. Articles abound that raise questions about the garment and speculate on whether or not it’s magical, mystical, or what not. Well, friends, we hate to break it to you but it’s really not any more mysterious as say, a letterman jacket, WWJD? bracelet or Yarmulke. It’s just a piece of clothing worn as a symbolic gesture of the promises that they have made to God. Plain and simple. It’s not magical. It’s not mysterious. And it’s most certainly not worth the loads of media attention it receives. It’s an article of clothing that represents something. See, not interesting.

In effort to break the cycle of speculation about the underwear, we’ve compiled a list of 10 really uninteresting facts about mormon underwear.

1. Children in the church don’t wear garments.

2. The garment is always worn under other clothing, close to the skin.

3. Mormon underwear is not sold in retail stores. It is purchased at church-owned stores.

4. When members receive their first garment, they are given individual instruction on what it stands for and how to care for it.

5.  Mormon underwear is worn day and night by adult members of the religion as constant reminder of the promises they have made to God.

6. Members receive their first garment in a special ceremony called the temple endowment, a spiritual rite that generally coincides with leaving to serve a mission or getting married.

7. According to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the underwear is ”an outward expression of an inward commitment.”

8. The garment symbolizes purity and helps assure modesty.

9. Mormon underwear bears multiple, simple marks that represent the gospel principles of obedience, truth, life, and discipleship in Christ.

10. Mormons cannot make their own garments.

Now, go forth with your newly acquired uninteresting facts about Mormon underwear and dispel the mystery and myths that are out there. We don’t guarantee you’ll be the life of the party with these facts, however, so unless you’re trying to get out of a bad date, or put someone to sleep, perhaps keep them to yourself.

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  1. Pretty accurate list. I grew up Mormon but left that religion YEARS ago. The garment shown in the photo is the old one-piece (union-suit), but that changed in the 1970′s, and they now come in 2 piece sets. Up until 1923, the garment extended to the ankles and wrists!! Crazy… I’m glad I’m out of that strange religion!

  2. Mormons also believe the garments protect them from both spiritual and physical dangers. There used to be lots of uplifting stories about people who were in accidents but escaped injury because of the garments.

  3. Is mormon underwear ‘magical’?

    official Mormon PR says No, and they resent the implication… as above, they say it is “an outward expression of an inward commitment.”

    but… go to any mormon church during a “fast and testimony meeting” (once per month) and you’re likely to hear stories about brother so&so who was saved from a bullet/fire/dog attack/car accident BY HIS UNDERWEAR.

    there are millions of stories about this… some have even made it to the official ‘general conference talks’ of the church.
    This is why it is 100% accurate to call the garments ‘magic underwear’

  4. Pretty damn accurate. (Wore the underwear myself for years.) I can say, however, that the underwear pictured here actually -fits- the dude wearing it. But this is an illusion—much like the man in a Calvin Klein ad. Seriously, the actual article, in my experience, as worn by the average Mormon is so non-fitting that it’s extremely inconvenient—

    (Mormons are not allowed to alter the underwear in any way to make up for what are not considered design flaws, but God’s divine underwear pattern.) The most common problem, in my experience, being that the crotch of these pre-designed, mass-produced underwear often ends up as much as five inches below the natural crotch of the individual. Leading to severe wedgies, or wads of material floating around in weird places under your pants.

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