What Do Mormons Wear to Church?

Mormons—a nickname sometimes used for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints–generally dress up to go to church. This doesn’t mean they wear expensive clothing.

Mormons at church“I make a special appeal regarding how young women might dress for Church services and Sabbath worship. We used to speak of “best dress” or “Sunday dress,” and maybe we should do so again. In any case, from ancient times to modern we have always been invited to present our best selves inside and out when entering the house of the Lord—and a dedicated LDS chapel is a “house of the Lord.” Our clothing or footwear need never be expensive, indeed should not be expensive, but neither should it appear that we are on our way to the beach. When we come to worship the God and Father of us all and to partake of the sacrament symbolizing the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we should be as comely and respectful, as dignified and appropriate as we can be. We should be recognizable in appearance as well as in behavior that we truly are disciples of Christ, that in a spirit of worship we are meek and lowly of heart, that we truly desire the Savior’s Spirit to be with us always” (Jeffrey R. Holland, To Young Women, General Conference, October 2005).

Both men and women have dress standards they generally adhere to when attending church. Men wear sports jackets, white shirts, ties, dress pants, and dress shoes. Women wear dresses or skirts, blouses or nice sweaters, and dress shoes. Clothing is modest and not revealing. Children dress as their parents do, although most little boys don’t wear suits, substituting less expensive shirts.

That said, if someone shows up differently, it is unlikely anyone will say anything to you. One local leader said that anyone who attends our church is sent by God and so we welcome him or her. Visitors are always asked just to wear their Sunday best—and if jeans are the best you have, they are acceptable for the visit.

For Mormons, dressing nicely doesn’t mean we think God won’t love us or listen to us if we’re not dressed nicely. It is a demonstration of our own faith and love for God—a gift we choose to give Him. When we go on a job interview, meet someone important, or attend a special occasion, we wear the nicest thing we have that is appropriate for the situation. To dress less nicely or less appropriately to visit God in His home would be to suggest we don’t consider God important enough to dress up for. To most Mormons, it is a very small request from someone who has given us so much.

5 Comments

  1. J.D. Moore

    I have seen many times in our church that many of the women wear low cut blouses and a dress above the knee. This is very inappropriate and distracting, but if something is said, we have the fear of offending them and so we see that a little by little we are falling away from our moral dress code. I did say in our church but I really mean this to be universally. It would be great if we were to get back to our high standards and fill the wishes of the Lord and not the world. Let us remember that our bodies are a temple and we need to respect it as such.

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    • Gary

      Standards were destroyed when people began to assume that there is a constitutional right to not be offended. Fact: No such right exists! Additionally, emotionals trump reason and logic in public discourse today. It’s a silent coup.

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    • Kallie

      If a woman’s body is distracting, it is your fault. I am not saying that it’s appropriate to wear those clothes, but you should be able to control yourself when a woman is wearing a shirt or dress that are not appropriate. Just don’t look at the woman. If you can’t keep it in your pants, don’t go to church. Learn to control yourself. It’s gross that you have to blame the woman for getting distracted by these things.

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  2. Jack

    I agree that higher standards help me feel closer to Our Saviour and that we should commit to to the wishes of the Lord and not the wishes of the world. All the commandments are there to help us and I have found that obedience to them always brings blessings to my life. The church knows what is best for us and whenever we are asked to maintain high standards – even though these sometimes might seem difficult, it is always worth it. The guidance we get comes from high and if we fail to reach them, we fail to reach our potential as disciples of Christ.

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  3. Jacob

    I really appreciate the way members of Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints dress for Church. It is respectful and a witness in itself. If only other Churches followed the practice.

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