Holy Underwear

Regular readers will recall that I am archiving all entries from the wonderful PostSecret project that explicitly reference Mormonism in some way. The following postcard appeared in today’s batch of secrets:


I’m a little disappointed in the lack of creativity in this Secret. The postcard artwork is generic and decidedly not Mormon. Also, it’s hardly a secret to wonder if Mormons are wearing their “Holy Underwear.” It’s a favorite pastime among Mormons themselves to see if other Mormons are wearing the underwear (because if they’re not, NAUGHTY NAUGHTY). I generally assume when I meet someone new and they find out that I’m Mormon that they’re wondering whether or not I’m wearing garments.

You can see all the LDS Postsecrets I’ve collected here.

How about you? If you’re not LDS, when you meet a Mormon, do you try and figure out if they’re wearing “Holy Underwear”?

9 thoughts on “Holy Underwear”

  1. I’ve never wondered this about someone at all. While the secret may have been old news to you Mormons or to those who are in areas with larger Mormon populations, I think was a little more intriguing to the rest of us.

  2. No, I don’t. But I’m probably going to now that it is in my head. And I’m probably going to spent the next half hour researching Mormon Underwear.

  3. Dez, trust me when I tell you that if she’s wearing nothing but underwear, and it’s mormon underwear, you’ll be far from interested. That’s the butt ugliest stuff! I’m so glad that I don’t wear that crap anymore!

  4. I am LDS and I can tell you that I don’t give a thought to whether or not someone is wearing their garments… now if I see something CUTE that I like, obviously garments are always on your mind with regards to what you can wear or not since clothing needs to cover the garments… Really always comparing yourself to others is petty, and NOT Christlike. A real Christian (i.e. someone really believes in Christ, and trying to be Christ-like) wants all to succeed and doesn’t feel joy when others are no doing what “you” believe they should… or fell superior when “you” are doing things that others are not… and I believe always looking to see if others are wearing their garments, or doing other things they “should”… shows insecurity and a very petty un-Christ-like attitude. As Christians we should all do our best and not feel BETTER or HAPPY to see someone else fall or struggle.

  5. One of the other deeply hidden Mormon secrets is that they believe Jesus and Satan are brothers. I like to challenge missionaries on this. They have two strong indoctrinations by which they justify this belief.
    1. The Bible describes “sons of the morning.” So, therefore, this must certainly mean God had many sons, and Jesus and Satan are two of these.
    2. Next, they drag out the fact that believers become “sons of God” and “daughters of God.”

    I keep asking questions until they put both of these out. Then, I ask the question they never answer, but instead peddle away. Here it is: “At the time Jesus hung on the cross, how many sons did God have?”

    1. I am always dismayed when people think there is some scandal about Jesus and Satan are brothers. Sure, that’s part of the traditional preexistance narrative that has permeated Mormonism for the past few generations. There’s a lot more to the story, too, that isn’t particularly well supported by the bible. And you’re right, we don’t really talk about it anymore, which makes people think it’s some sort of secret we’re trying to hide. Sure, Jesus and Satan are brothers in the traditional Mormon Narrative and God had billions of spiritual sons. What of it? Does it offend your preferred brand of Christianity? Are you aghast that Mormons would assert something unsupported by the bible? I’m glad you think it’s fun to trap missionaries with theological questions you know they aren’t prepared to answer.

      1. But theological traps are so helpful and change lives!

        Seriously though, my preferred method is to just tell people I’m not interested in talking. If that doesn’t work, I don’t mind getting a little bit into the theology (like why it’s necessary to convert me to Mormonism if they say we’re both Christians already?). However, I’ve found that regardless of someone’s convictions, it’s not usually very productive for either side to try to change the other as it just results in a battle of jumping through a lot of theological hoops and not making it anywhere. Maybe I’m too cynical and I know this isn’t always the case, but it seems that it is more often than not.

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