YOU GUYS. My church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) has just released a video/article explaining - and showing - the temple garment, aka Mormon underwear (or, ugh, "magic" underwear as it is so, so unfortunately called by outsiders sometimes). I cannot even believe this happened.
But I am so glad it did. Over the years, I always got FLAMES. ON THE SIDE OF MY FACE knowing that the only decent picture of the temple garment that ever got passed around on the internets was that awful one where the people's heads are cut out of the frame and the garments are wrinkled and ill-fitting and the whole thing is just sordid and disrespectful. Now you can see what the real thing looks like, with a bonus look at the robes we wear in the temple itself. Seriously!
It's a breath of fresh air. I'm sorry that, for outsiders, the garment can't be more exciting than what is essentially a stretchy undershirt and bike-style shorts (at least that's the kind I prefer), but there it is. My garments have flapped on drying lines in the breezes of America, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, and the UAE. Yes, they hold special significance for me as a reminder of covenants I have made, but they are also, on some level, underwear that I wear and wash and dry like anyone else.
Speaking of. I have actually been waiting for an opportunity to blog about this, but it seemed kind of weird. UNTIL NOW. Did you know you can have your garments custom-made? Well, you can. I just had it done. All you have to do is call customer service (check the web page where you would ordinarily order the garments) and talk to a nice lady in Utah and she will set you right up. I wish I had done this years ago. Because underwear that you wear every day should feel GOOD.