Letter from Church about dressing in your temple whites

Letter from Church about dressing in your templewhites

This is a letter that was sent out in 2004 from the church, while this activities is so powerful, lets try to follow the council, and maybe you could change it a bit and have them in period clothing instead of white clothing! Just a thought!


November 17, 2004
50 E, North Temple St. Rm. 400
Salt Lake City, Utah 84150-6400

To: All Temple Presidents

Dear Brethren:

Wearing of White. Non-ceremonial Clothing Outside the Temple

The Temple Department continues to hear reports of events where the white, nonceremonial clothing is being worn outside the temple and where the sacred symbolism of temple ordinances’isbeing spoken of publicly. Such events have included a stake presidency dressed in white for a session of stake conference, appearances on handcart treks and at firesides, and participation in an activity depicting an airplane crash where the passengers end up in a room full of people dressed in white.

The white, non-ceremonial clothing worn in the temple is a reminder not only of the purity required of those who participate in the sacred work of the temple, but also of the special and sacred place in which that work takes place. Such clothing should always be treated with great respect and never allowed to become commonplace.

Inasmuch as there is significant symbolism attached to changing from everyday street clothing to white’ clothing in order to participate in sacred temple ordinances, it is felt that this clothing should not be worn outside the temple.

We request that you discuss.this matter with priesthood leaders as you meet and counsel with them. It would be particularly helpful if this matter could be on the agenda of a Coordinating Council at which you or one of your ‘counselors were invited to attend.

It would also be helpful to remind priesthood leaders and members who have been endowed of the sacred nature of the temple covenants and of their obligation to avoid speaking outside the temple of ordinances or instruction that should only be spoken of in the temple.

Ronald A. Rasband
Executive Director