LDS Church leaders have issued a new policy that will ban members from wearing “Sleeved Garments” in the church, in an effort to ward off the negative perception of the garments.
“The Lord has declared that a person must wear garments of good linen and a clean shirt when in the temple, even if it is for a short time.
However, garments of clothing of this nature should not be worn in the sacred ordinances of the church,” the church’s general counsel and chief financial officer, Todd Stiefel, said in a statement.
“The garment racks should not appear in the congregation, and should not cause any disturbance in the worship service.
The clothing should be worn by a member who is appropriately dressed.”
The policy was issued after a recent incident in which a member of the Utah Church of Christ was forced to remove a garment he had been wearing in a meeting room while wearing a short skirt.
The Mormon church is a highly visible church, and its members often wear clothing with messages that include the words “Mormon.”