The whole dress vs. pants thing has probably played out by now, but I had an experience that made me do a double-take about what we wear to church…
Last week I had the opportunity (and obligation) to go on a youth Temple trip. I haven’t been on one in a few years, so I was excited to go.
I showed up at the church and noticed one of the young men leaders arrive in a maroon shirt and tie. Growing up in Utah, I thought this was a bit strange for going to the temple. When I was in Young Women’s in Utah I had been told stories from leaders about people being turned away from the Temple for not being dressed appropriately to enter.
Not one to avoid confrontation, and I have learned not to be one to skirt around an issue, I approached him and asked him about his lack of a white shirt. He told me that he’s gone to the Temple often in a colored shirt and has never been turned away. He told me that the standard he understood for going to the Temple is “Sunday Dress”. Since guys can wear colored shirts to church, it’s alright to wear one to the Temple.
We went to the Temple, and there was no problem with him going in. In fact, it was everything a youth Temple trip should be- it was perfectly inspiring.
In truth, I’ve always thought that if you do your best to get to the Temple, and look your best, you should be able to go in.
But this did get me thinking…
Pants to the Temple? Maybe not a big deal.
But when you consider that the Church okaying pants to Church, did you also realize they’d be okaying pants to the Temple?
Does that change your opinion on pants?
*Also I’m not looking to pick a fight with those of you who have an issue with pants to church that goes deeper than the pants. I am just talking about pants. To Church. And the Temple.