‘Magic Mormon underwear’ explained

‘Magic Mormon underwear’ explained

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has produced a video that exhorts people to stop making fun of their silly ‘temple garments’.

The video, according to this report, seeks dispels the notion that the cult believes “temple garments” have special protective powers and that the much-used reference to “magical Mormon underwear” is “offensive”.

The four-minute video insists that the phrase is:

Not only inaccurate but also offensive to members. There is nothing magical or mystical about temple garments, and church members ask for the same degree of respect and sensitivity that would be afforded to any other faith by people of goodwill.

It compares the white, two-piece cotton coverings to holy vestments worn in other religious faiths such as a Catholic nun’s habit or a Muslim skullcap. Curiously it omits to mention the Pastafarians’ “sacred”colander head covering.


The footage is part of a recent effort by the Salt Lake City-based cult to explain, expand or clarify on some of its battier beliefs, which are legion. Articles posted on the church’s website in the past two years have addressed the faith’s past ban on black men in the lay clergy; its early history of polygamy; and the misconception that members are taught they’ll get their own planet in the afterlife.

The latest video was made to fill a void on the Internet, which apparently has little, if any, accurate information about the undergarments, church spokesman Eric Hawkins said in a statement.

The undergarments are worn daily by devout adult Latter-day Saints as a reminder of their commitment to God to live good, honourable lives.
Members are taught not to hang the garments in public places to dry or display them in view of people:

Who do not understand their significance.

The video comes two years after jabs about the undergarments were lobbed at Mitt Romney in 2012 with the intent to damage his candidacy as the first Mormon presidential nominee of a major political party.

At one point during the campaign, New York Times columnist Charles Blow tweeted:

I’m a single parent and my kids are amazing! Stick that in your magic underwear.

This barb came after Romney decried the country’s rate of out-of-wedlock births.

When the cult opposed gay marriage on California, the 'magic undies' insult appeared on protest posters.

When the cult opposed gay marriage in California, the ‘magic undies’ insult appeared on protest posters.

Cult members seem pleased by the Mormons’ new openness. Jana Riess, who blogs about Mormonism for the Religion News Service wrote this week that she hopes the footage will:

Persuade gawkers that there’s nothing to see here, folks. They [the Mormons] now have something official to point to if people ask questions.I love that they put it on YouTube for the entire world to see. I think that’s very brave.

Hat tip: Ivan Bailey

10 responses to “‘Magic Mormon underwear’ explained”

  1. L.Long says:

    The magic underwear as with moremans have already been explained…They are BS.

  2. Pagan Pete says:

    Proof, if any was actually ever required, that religion is pants.

  3. Newspaniard says:

    Do they have padlocks on? Are they a bit rough on the inside? Are they allowed to use fabric softener? Do they act like Viagra when worn at night? So many questions, so few answers…

  4. jay says:

    I think it has something to do with magnets

  5. Lon says:

    Do they have magic Depends for the older religious folks? Just exactly what magical phenomenon do they render? Are they really magic or is this just sleight of genitals? Is the magic in the underwear or does it require the dearly held belief and blind faith of the wearer? Who manufactures these supernatural undergarments, Fruit of the Woo? Are they available in spandex? Or perhaps nomex? Are bullet proof versions available for Mormon military and police personnel? Does the magic involve stain removal or odor mitigation? Does the underwear heal incontinence? Do the members of the Norman Habershnackle Choir wear them and if so, do they help them stay on key? Do they offer any advantage to polygamists? How about Mormon misogynists? Are they guaranteed effective for all of eternity regardless of planetary habitation? Is it too late to order them for Festivus gifts? The end is near! We need answers and we need them now. Thank you.

  6. Robster says:

    They want respect? The same good ol’ respect the catliks have for their silly hats and the wine a cracker nonsense. Scorn and derision, that’s all they deserve.And without the free planet, what’s the point?

  7. Mark Palmer says:

    Here is a great response to the Mormon’s Underwear story:


  8. Andy Brown says:

    “Lon: Who manufactures these supernatural undergarments, Fruit of the Woo?”
    Surely these garments must be produced by “Fruit of the Loon……”
    They could get mighty hot during the long dry summers in Salt Lake City.
    Are they also available as thermal underwear for the winter ?

  9. Brian Jordan says:

    Mormons are evidently not followers of Leviticus: I see you can get the garments in a polyester-cotton mix. So thermals are probably OK.

  10. Jeff says:

    This magic underwear is only sold in “special ” store’s, you can’t buy it at Wallyworld. You may even have to be a card carrying member of LDS! Not sure. Anyways, they claim their not a cult. BS.