Among Mormon Women, Frank Talk About Sacred Underclothes

 

The idea of preserving the garments isn’t shared by everyone. Since moving to the Salt Lake City area, Lindsay Perez’s urinary tract infections have gone away, and she attributes it to her clothing. At night and after a shower, she now turns them off.

Her preference was a cross necklace or ring with the initials C.T.R., which stands for the motto “Choose the Right,” and is popular among young church members as a reminder to make ethical decisions. Ms. Perez said she uses a variety of strategies to keep herself focused on her goals. It’s not through my underwear that I want that.

Many women in the church discuss their garments on private Facebook groups, with some hoping for improvements and others defending them as they are. Many women are reluctant to discuss bodily fluids, infections, and sexual intimacy with male leaders.

“People are afraid to be brutally honest, to say, ‘This isn’t working for me,'” he continues. The only thing it’s doing is giving me U.T.I.s, not bringing me closer to Christ.” According to Ms. Perez, who spoke.

The garments are frequently mocked by outsiders, making open discussion even more difficult. During Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in 2012, some mainstream commentators criticised him for wearing “magic underwear.”

Jana Riess, senior columnist for Religion News Service who writes about the church and conducted the 2016 poll with a colleague, called this kind of ridicule “acutely painful.

Because the garments represent a profound spiritual connection to God, this is especially hurtful. One of the most beautiful things about them, according to Ms. Riess, is the fact that they’re underwear. My belief that God loves every part of my messy humanity is expressed in this poem.”