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A response to LDS Garments and Agency
HEADERby Kate Davis
HEADERTemple Garments have long enticed outsiders to the LDS Church. In part, as Nancy Ross so elegantly explains in this interview, it is that they are, by their nature, sacred and hidden. Garments are part of the Temple Ceremony, knowledge of which is largely restricted for outsiders (like myself), adding to their mystique. As Nancy explains, even talking about them can be a transgressive act for practicing Mormons. Thus they remain largely mysterious to the outsider. The Church has made recent efforts about Temple Garments, but they remain for many an intriguing signifier of LDS peculiarity. Like all explicitly religious garb, they are meant to be a signifier of faith, a physical reminder of the covenant one has made. And yet they are meant to be hidden from the world, a task that for women is easier said than done.
Above, an LDS church-produced video attempts to make Temple Garments more understandable to outsiders by placing them in the larger context of sacred clothing.