Adult members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who receive the endowment enter into sacred promises, known as covenants, to follow the highest standards of moral integrity and dedication to God. As part of entering into these covenants in the temple, members receive a simple undergarment—often referred to as the “temple garment” or “garment of the priesthood.” Unlike other ceremonial clothing used during the endowment, the garment is worn underneath members’ normal clothing for the rest of their lives, serving as a daily physical reminder of their covenant relationship with God.
In ancient times, the Lord commanded the prophet Moses to make special clothing for his brother Aaron and others who would officiate in the tabernacle: “Thou shalt make holy garments for Aaron thy brother for glory and for beauty … that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office” (Exodus 28:2–3). This included clothing that was visible to an observer and clothing worn underneath these outer layers.
In our day the garment encourages modesty, but its significance is much deeper. For Church members who have received the endowment, the garment reminds them of their connection to God, their commitment to follow His will, and the blessings and protection God has promised the faithful. The First Presidency of the Church has stated that how the garment is worn “is an outward expression of an inward commitment to follow the Savior” (First Presidency letter, Oct. 10, 1988).
A brief video is available that provides additional context on temple garments and temple ceremonial clothing.
Additional teachings by modern-day prophets and apostles referencing the temple garments can be viewed at ChurchofJesusChrist.org/temples/prophetic-teachings-on-temples.
“Sacred Temple Clothing”
“Missionary Conduct,” Missionary Handbook
“Self Reliance: How I Prepared for the Temple,” Mormon Channel
“New Sizing for Women’s Garments,” Ensign, September 2015
“Understanding Our Covenants with God,” Ensign, July 2012
“Mom’s Commitment to Modesty,” Ensign, June 2011
“Why Symbols?” Ensign, February 2007
“The Most Important Step,” New Era, June 2000
“Preparing for Your Temple Endowment,” Liahona, August 1988
“Temple Garments,” LDS Newsroom
“Temples,” LDS Newsroom
“Frequently Asked Questions,” LDS Newsroom