Exploring Mormon Beliefs: An Insightful Overview

By Sophia Maddox | December 20, 2023

Temple Garments

Welcome to our slideshow gallery exploring the unique rituals and beliefs of the Mormon people. The customs and practices observed by Mormons can be intriguing and sometimes puzzling to those unfamiliar with their faith.

As you continue reading we'll delve into some of the beliefs that may seem unusual or even creepy to outsiders while shedding light on their significance. From the belief in the planet Kolob to the avoidance of caffeine and the practice of posthumous baptism, we'll navigate through these intriguing aspects of Mormonism. Let's dive in!

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Mormon temple garments, known officially as "temple garment" or "garment of the holy priesthood," are worn by adult members of the Mormon Church following their participation in a ritual called the "temple endowment." This ceremony typically takes place when individuals embark on missionary service or get married.

Once initiated, adherents are expected to wear the temple garments at all times, except during activities such as sports. These garments, predominantly made of white material, resemble a t-shirt and shorts and are embellished with sacred symbols significant to the Mormon faith. Mormons acquire these garments through church-owned stores or the official LDS website. According to Mormon church officials:

This garment, worn day and night, serves three important purposes. It is a reminder of the sacred covenants made with the Lord in His holy house, a protective covering for the body, and a symbol of the modesty of dress and living that should characterize the lives of all the humble followers of Christ.

Three Levels Of Heaven

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In the Mormon belief system, there are three degrees of glory or kingdoms of glory if you prefer, which serve as the eternal dwelling places for the majority of individuals after their resurrection from the spirit world. The LDS Church, the largest denomination within the Latter Day Saint movement, holds the belief that the apostle Paul briefly mentioned these degrees of glory in his writings, specifically in 1 Corinthians 15:40-42 and 2 Corinthians 12:2.

Joseph Smith, the church's founder, further expanded upon Paul's descriptions based on a vision he received in 1832, documented in Doctrine and Covenants (D&C) Section 76. According to this vision, all individuals will experience resurrection and, during the Final Judgment, will be assigned to one of three degrees of glory: the celestial, terrestrial, and telestial kingdoms.