Editor’s note: The explanations given in this article by Bob Lonsberry about “Mormon underwear” are simple, clear, and concise. (Although I could have done without the “idiot and a bigot” comment and the tone at the end.) Even as I type this, I’m reminded of Brenda’s post about Mormon garments, and how it can be a bit uncomfortable to be asked about our underwear. We hope that this simple explanation can help de-mystify the idea of Mormon temple garments.
This radio host got a call asking, “What about Mitt Romney’s magic underwear?” The answer about how Mormon temple garments are not unlike many other religious garments worn by people of other faiths.
[R]eligions around the world have various types of religious garments. If you do the math, most believers on earth belong to a religion that commands its followers or leaders to wear religiously significant clothing.
Mormons are part of that majority.
And Mitt Romney is a Mormon.
And he lives his religion.
So, yes, Mitt Romney wears a religious garment, beneath his outer clothes. He does this for the same reason almost all religious clothing is worn – to remind the believer that he is a believer, and as a token of promises the believer has made to God.
You can read more about Mormon temple garments in other articles as well:
from lds.org, temple garments explained in a manual for Mormons preparing to “go through the temple” for the first time