30 Eerie Mormon Beliefs You Won't Believe Exist

By Sophia Maddox | December 5, 2023

Temple Garments

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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.

Mormons Are Required To Serve A Full-Time Mission As A Rite Of Passage From Adolescence Into Adulthood

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All Mormon men between the ages of 19 and 26 are expected to give two years of their lives to missionary service, as emphasized by current LDS President Gordon Hinckley. Women who are 21 years and older may also be called as missionaries, but their service period is 18 months. The majority of missionaries, accounting for 76 percent, consist of young men. Missionaries are responsible for covering all their mission expenses, and many Mormon children begin saving for their missions from a young age, often starting with their first allowances at around 6 or 7 years old.

Some young Mormons take after-school jobs to contribute to their mission funds. In cases where the cost is too burdensome for a missionary and their family, the local ward may provide financial assistance. Once accepted, missionaries undergo intensive training at the nearest Missionary Training Center, which can last up to three months with long days of instruction.

Missionaries learn six foundational lesson plans designed to guide potential converts towards baptism. Every aspect of their behavior and appearance is carefully evaluated during the training. They are taught essential skills such as active listening, maintaining a friendly demeanor, finding common ground with strangers, and handling people who aren't happy to see them. The church determines the specific location where each missionary will serve their mission.