LDS Dress Standards

I think one of the most common principles of the LDS Church is modesty. The LDS webpage on modesty teaches that “Modesty is an attitude of propriety and decency in dress, grooming, language, and behavior. If we are modest, we do not draw undue attention to ourselves. Instead, we seek to ‘glorify God in [our] body, and [our] spirit’ (1 Corinthians 6:20; see also 1 Corinthians 6:19).” We believe that our bodies are temples, created for us by God. These bodies are precious sacred things that must be treated with the utmost respect. We build our temple buildings with only the best materials to show respect to our Heavenly Father. In the same way, we only wear clothes that show respect to our bodies. Modesty is critical for us to feel the Holy Spirit since it is a commandment from God to be modest.

Modesty for women includes shirts that cover the shoulders and midriff. It also includes skirts and shorts that come to the knees. Swimming suits should cover the stomach (no bikinis). Modesty for men includes looking presentable. This refers to both their dress and the mood surrounding them. Men and women should be clean in appearance as well as language. The LDS webpage on modesty teaches, “If we are unsure about whether our dress or grooming is modest, we should ask ourselves, ‘Would I feel comfortable with my appearance if I were in the Lord’s presence?’” This may also be applied to language. If we would not say it to our Heavenly Father or to Jesus Christ, it probably should not be said.

Modesty is extremely important for our relationship with our Heavenly Father. His spirit can communicate with us only when we are trying our best to follow him. Dressing immodestly prevents the Holy Spirit from being with us. Being modest helps to prevent unwanted or inappropriate situations. Modesty shows others our standards and boundaries.

For me, being modest is critical for my comfort and also my identity. I feel much more confident about myself when I am modest. I think this is because I am doing what my Heavenly Father wants me to do. I believe that if we all follow these dress standards we will see changes for the better in our every day lives.

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