Magic Underwear

Last time Mitt Romney ran for president I remember seeing bizarre stories about the superstitious Mormon practice of wearing magic underwear. This is from a Wikipedia article on Mormon temple garments:

According to the LDS Church, the temple garments serve a number of purposes. First, the garment provides the member “a constant reminder” of the covenants they made in the temple. Second, the garment “when properly worn…provides protection against temptation and evil”.  Wearing the garment is also “an outward expression of an inward commitment” to follow Jesus Christ.[26] General authority Carlos E. Asay adds that the garment “strengthens the wearer to resist temptation, fend off evil influences, and stand firmly for the right.”[28]

Something to keep in mind next time you see Mitt in the next Republican debate . . . or if he ever makes it to the White House.

Also interesting is this little Mike Wallace clip from an old 60 Minutes story on LDS:

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16 Comments on “Magic Underwear”

  1. Hugh McCann Says:

    Stop marginalizing Huntsman!

    “Something to keep in mind next time you see Mitt {OR JON; OR JON, SEAN!} in the next Republican debate . . . or if he ever makes it to the White House.”

  2. Sean Gerety Says:

    Thanks Hugh. How could I forget about the one guy polling behind Santorum. ;-P

  3. Hugh McCann Says:

    Well thank you very much, Mr Mormon Marginalizer! 😉

    I wonder if our new LDS friend is kitted out…

    FYI ~ The word “undergarment” or just “garment” has a distinctive meaning to Latter-day Saints. The white undergarment worn by those members who have received the ordinance of the temple Endowment is a ceremonial one. All adults who enter the temple are required to wear it. In mormon temples, men and women who receive priesthood ordinances wear this undergarment and other priestly robes. The garment is worn at all times, but the robes are worn only in the temple. Having made covenants of righteousness, the members wear the garment under their regular clothing for the rest of their lives, day and night, partially to remind them of the sacred covenants they have made with God.

    The white garment symbolizes purity and helps assure modesty, respect for the attributes of God, and, to the degree it is honored, a token of what Paul regarded as taking upon one the whole armor of God (Eph. 6:13; cf. D&C 27:15). It is an outward expression of an inward covenant, and symbolizes Christlike attributes in one’s mission in life. Garments bear several simple marks of orientation toward the gospel principles of obedience, truth, life, and discipleship in Christ.

    An agency of the Church manufactures these garments in contemporary, comfortable, and lightweight fabrics. They are available for purchase through Church distribution centers.

  4. Are the garments effectual in and of themselves, or only when accompanied by faith?

  5. Hugh McCann Says:

    Video: The Aussie is funny too (“Magic Mormon Underwear” chronicles his buying the magic underpants). It does contain a vulgarism, however.

  6. Hugh McCann Says:

    BTW: This coming year, we are promoting our new line of Scripturalist Skivvies.

    Gordon Clark tees have already been marketed*, but to my knowledge, we are the only supplier of John Robbins Briefs & Boxers (with his smiling image tastefully embossed on the waistbands).

    We must emphasize that these Clarkian garments do NOT guarantee the wearer[s] eternal life, or even spiritual victory or protection, but they ARE made of durable, breathable 100% cotton, and are beyond stylish.

    Watch also for our Summer Scripturalist Swimwear coming soon!

    * May we who live in glass houses beware of casting stones!

  7. Hugh McCann Says:


    In opere operato, baby!

    Of course, “faith” in LDS (as well as Romanist or Fed Vision) lingo means doing things rightly.

    A faithful Mormon or papist simply has to obey the rules of the cult.

    The FV-ers are behind on the holy garments, but give ’em time.

    E.g., coming soon: Federal Vision Scapulars with pix of your favorite exonerated PCA ministers: Lightheart, Meyers, Lawrence, and Shady!

  8. brandonadams Says:

    Lo and behold I have seen and beheld (well not really held) the sacred garment. Apparently removing the garment for sports was not a doctrine that had reached Idaho when I was in high school. Even the coach wore them.

  9. LJ Says:

    I had a magic cup I wore playing football but I NEVER wore it to church. It did, however, remind me of something but I forgot what it was.

  10. Hugh McCann Says:

    Who knew that Jos. Smith’s Masonic past led to the garments’ stichery?

    “The set square to remind the Mormon to deal squarely with his fellow man.

    “The compass to remind him to keep in due bounds with all mankind.

    “And the naval mark recalls the need for constant nourishment for body & spirit.”

    As reported by Aussie videographer:

  11. Hugh McCann Says:

    I guess Geo. Washington was a bust: A mason, and now this!

    So, just how DO you theonomy-types propose your ideal commander-in-chief deal with Jews, Papists, Muslims, et. al.?

  12. George Says:

    Magic underwear is no more wacky the the hocus pocus doctrine of transubstantiation.

    Some congregants in my PCA church were upset when a Baptist missionary to Italy discussed his efforts to spread the gospel to the very high percentage of Italians who have not heard and do not understand it. According to these PCAers, there are very many Roman Catholics who are “better” Christians than bible believing Presbyterians.

    You would thing it was a heresy to point at Rome’s doctinal errors.

    Mormonism is a cult. But I may vote for Romney anyway. After all the majority of our Presidents have not been sola scriptura Christians.

    Gingrich and Santorum are Catholics. Paul seems to be controlled by over the top Catholic Lew Rockwell. It has been well over a century since Americans could expect that a sola scriptura Christian would inhabit the White House.

  13. Joel Says:

    George: “Mormonism is a cult. But I may vote for Romney anyway. After all the majority of our Presidents have not been sola scriptura Christians.”

    Or, you know, you could simply not vote at all, or write-in a candidate. Nothing in Scripture propels you to vote for any of the dolts the Republican party throws out there every four years.

  14. Hugh McCann Says:

    Ya just can’t make up stuff this good. Bye bye, Mitt.

    Mormons baptise parents of Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal

    The Mormon Church has apologised for posthumously baptising the parents of Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal.

    Asher and Rosa Rapp Wiesenthal were baptised in proxy ceremonies by church members in the US states of Arizona and Utah in January, records show.

    Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spokesman Michael Purdy said the Church’ s leaders “sincerely regret” the actions of “an individual member”.

    The Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center denounced the news.

    “We are outraged that such insensitive actions continue in the Mormon temples,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, a spokesman at the centre.

    The Mormon religion allows baptism after death, and believes the departed soul can then accept or reject the baptismal rites.

    An agreement in 1995 was supposed to ban the practice of baptising by proxy Holocaust victims, after it was discovered the names of hundreds of thousands of those who died had been entered into Mormon records.

    Simon Wiesenthal’s parents are long since deceased, with his father dying in World War I and his mother perishing in the Holocaust.

    Wiesenthal himself died in 2005 after surviving the Holocaust and dedicating his life to documenting Nazi crimes and hunting down perpetrators.
    ‘Serious breach’

    Mr Purdy told the Associated Press news agency that the church considered the act “a serious breach of our protocol”.

    According to Mr Purdy, the names of the Wiesenthal family were simply entered into a genealogical database by one person.

    “We have suspended indefinitely this person’s ability to access our genealogy records,” he said.

    The name of that individual or the individuals who performed the rite were not released.

    Evidence that Wiesenthal’s parents had been baptised was found by Helen Radkey, a researcher and former Mormon, AP reported.

    She regularly checks the Church’ s database, and also recently found the names of Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel and several family members on the Mormon list.

    “None of the three names were submitted for baptism and they would not have been under the Church’ s guidelines and procedures,” said Mr Purdy, the Mormon Church spokesman said.

    Rabbi Cooper said any further discussion of the problem was useless.

    “The only way such insensitive practices would finally stop is if church leaders finally decided to change their practices and policies on posthumous baptisms, a move which this latest outrage proves that they are unwilling to do,” he said.

    The Catholic Church has also objected to posthumous baptisms of its members.

  15. Peter Herz Says:

    Well, John Calvin himself said that the fallen human heart is a factory of idols. I guess Mormon underwear is just one more.

    Are you kidding me that the picture of John Robbins, whom I counted as a friend while he was with us, is now on underwear? Huh?

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