Previously announced adjustments to the sacred ceremonial clothing worn by church members in Latter-day Saint temples are now available globally.
In January 2020, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced changes to ceremonial temple clothing but later delayed the launch due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The church is reminding Latter-day Saints of the new styles and adjustments as COVID-19 restrictions diminish and temples continue to increase operations, according to a news release Monday.
Adult church members wear ceremonial clothing inside temples as part of sacred ordinances and ceremonies, in addition to sacred garments worn every day.
Adjustments to temple clothing
The clothing adjustments “do not change temple doctrine or symbolism but are designed to enhance members’ experience in the temple and make the ceremonial clothing easier to put on, care for and afford,” the First Presidency said in January 2020 letter.
The First Presidency letter includes a list of frequently asked questions addressing the redesign of ceremonial clothing.
The changes to sacred clothing include a simpler design for the veil and robe. The cap will no longer come with a plastic insert or a tie from cap to veil, and the robe, cap and sash will have more durable fabric.
The robe, cap, sash and envelope will be made of the same material. The apron will not change.
If preferred, members may still continue to use their current ceremonial clothing. “It need not be replaced by the new style,” according to the letter.
Additional information about purchasing, altering, discarding or donating temple clothing is provided at the church’s online store (login required) or ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
Have all functioning temples reopened?
President Russell M. Nelson recently celebrated the reopening of every temple that isn’t under construction or undergoing renovations.