Friday, March 27, 2009

The Temple Garment, Putting on the Armor of God

This week in Institute we discussed Section 27 of the Doctrine and Covenants, which I will hopefully discuss further in another post. While I was studying for class I came across a really great Ensign article by Elder Carlos E. Asay called, The Temple Garment: “An Outward Expression of an Inward Commitment.” It was so perfect for discussing the “armor of God” that I decided to post part of it here for reference.

Look for the important purposes the Garment serves:

There is, however, another piece of armor worthy of our consideration. It is the special underclothing known as the temple garment, or garment of the holy priesthood, worn by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who have received their temple endowment. This garment, worn day and night, serves three important purposes; it is a reminder of the sacred covenants made with the Lord in His holy house, a protective covering for the body, and a symbol of the modesty of dress and living that should characterize the lives of all the humble followers of Christ.

Look for what the marks are to remind us of, or direct us to:

It is written that “the white garment symbolizes purity and helps assure modesty, respect for the attributes of God, and, to the degree it is honored, a token of what Paul regarded as taking upon one the whole armor of God (Eph. 6:13; compare D&C 27:15). … Garments bear several simple marks of orientation toward the gospel principles of obedience, truth, life, and discipleship in Christ.”

(Notice how those correspond with the covenants one makes in the Temple.)

Look for why it is important to wear the Garment:

Much, much more could be said about the war for the souls of men and the whole armor of God. The war on the earth began in the days of Adam, continued down through the years with Moses and the children of Israel, and still rages in a dispensation known as the fulness of times—a dispensation ushered in by the revelations received through the Prophet Joseph Smith. Hence, the issue of protective coverings enabling us to withstand the fiery darts of Satan will continue to be of great significance.

Look for how many items of “clothing” we are instructed to put on:

We must put on the armor of God spoken of by the Apostle Paul and reiterated in a modern revelation (see D&C 27:15–18). We must also “put on the armor of righteousness” (2 Ne. 1:23) symbolized by the temple garment. Otherwise, we may lose the war and perish.

Look for what the blessings are for faithfully wearing the Garment:

The heavy armor worn by soldiers of a former day, including helmets, shields, and breastplates, determined the outcome of some battles. However, the real battles of life in our modern day will be won by those who are clad in a spiritual armor—an armor consisting of faith in God, faith in self, faith in one’s cause, and faith in one’s leaders. The piece of armor called the temple garment not only provides the comfort and warmth of a cloth covering, it also strengthens the wearer to resist temptation, fend off evil influences, and stand firmly for the right.

The Lord has given us a beautiful reminder, by way of clothing, of His power to save us. How we wear the Garment of the Holy Priesthood is an expression of the testimony we have of the power of the Atonement and the ability Christ has to cover all of our sins. It is also an expression of our willingness to enter into covenants with the Lord. Obedience to these covenants bring blessings, the greatest of these being eternal life. The Garment is a symbol of our commitment and dedication to our Father. They are really "an outward expression of an inward commitment."

2 comments:

Mona said...

I LOVE THIS!

The day I went through the temple for the first time, my mother-in-law, who would become the temple matron in the future, shared with me her personal love of wearing the temple garment. She raved about how wonderful it felt against her skin, how good it felt to put on a clean pair each day. This really impressed my young mind and set my heart in the right way right from the start.
Love you!
Mona

Bob and Carol Norman said...

Thank you for the focus!