I have a lot to say about this issue and I'm going to jump around from one point to another.
What if God meant for us to wear garments only in the temple at at other special times, like the early saints? Maybe it just evolved over time and "It is not known precisely why, how, or when [the practice of wearing garments all the time] began in the Church..."
states "They should not remove it, either entirely or partially, to work in the yard or for other activities that can reasonably be done with the garment worn..." It's annoying that they specified working in the yard, which can be a very hot and messy job. hawkgrrrl said "OK for cold places like Utah, but terrible in places like AZ, FL, or Singapore." Well, it's been 100 degrees here in Salt Lake!
The idea of "extended foreplay" is awesome. Thanks for that idea, Ray! On that By Common Consent article, someone named Amy commented "Well, I guess if my activity is 'sleeping naked with my husband,' that can’t 'reasonably be done' with garments on, so I’m good." Haha. I'm really thinking of bringing that up with my wife.
I would really like to quit wearing garments, but I'm worried it would be a mistake and I don't dare to. It's possible that God really does want the saints of this dispensation to wear garments as we are taught by church leaders.
Handbook 2 says endowed members "have taken upon themselves a covenant obligation to wear it according to the instructions given in the endowment." There is no language in the endowment regarding such a covenant unless the initiatory is considered part of the endowment, which might be the case.
In the initiatory, the instruction is to wear the garment "throughout your life." It could be that completing the endowment constitutes at least a tacit covenant to do so. I decided to find out exactly what "throughout" means, and it doesn't support my desire to quit wearing garments. MW
"during the whole time or action : from beginning to end"
"all the way from one end to the other of : in or to every part of"
"during the whole course or period of"
That's all, for now.