Garments are not something we Mormons like to talk about much. After all, is anyone ever completely comfortable discussing their underwear with strangers? But they are, nevertheless, a quirk of the LDS faith which seems to fascinate outsiders.
Personally I think they're great. Cheaper to buy than regular underwear, more comfortable, and available in a huge variety of fabrics suited to all climates. No VPL, and for us bigger girls no chubb-rub when wearing skirts. It's also a rare honour to be able to wear them. I waited ten years to get to the Temple, so I really don't take for granted what it means to wear this symbol of a precious covenant relationship.
Anyway, endeavouring to be (more) respectful in explaining what garments are all about, I have written a little poem. Well, maybe not so much written as stolen, since it's based on "The Cross in my Pocket" by Mrs. Verna Mae Thomas. I hope you'll feel free to use it whenever you are next asked why Mormons wear "magic underwear". (*Sigh*)
I wear special clothes on my body
A simple reminder to me
Of the fact that I will keep covenants
No matter where I may be.
These garments are not magic,
Nor are they a good luck charm
They are not meant to protect me
From every physical harm.
They’re not for identification
For all the world to see
But simply an understanding
Between my Saviour and me.
When I dress each bright new morning
In garments fresh and white
They serve that day to remind me
To remain clean in His sight.
They remind me, too, to be modest
In my words, my deeds, my dress
And to strive to serve Him better
That others I may bless.
When I’m feeling sad or despairing,
Or in a scary place,
These garments remind me that always
I’m encircled about by His grace.
And when my path seems rocky
And I feel all hope is gone
I remember promises given
The day I first put them on.
I wear this symbol of purity,
Hidden away from sight,
Because in the blood of the Lamb of God
My garments and sins are washed white.
So I wear special clothes on my body
Reminding no one but me
That Jesus Christ is Lord of my life
And He has set me free.