I believe it's more of a tradition thing than a doctrine thing. Of course we believe that the endowment is both for this life and for the next life but that doesn't mean we lounge around the house in temple clothing all day. I think it stems from the belief that the endowment is really instruction that allows us to pass literal angels that serve as literal sentinels. Even then it's a bit odd. Does the resurrection cover clothing as well? If not I'd rather pick up a "fresh pack" of clothing. Then there's the cremation thing.QuestionAbound wrote:But is there something in our doctrine that dictates that we be buried in temple clothing?
It's probably more for the family. They see their loved one buried in temple clothing and it might be another way of saying that all things were square between the deceased and the lord. Kind of like a more visible way of saying the deceased died with a TR... even in cases where they didn't have one. In other words, the person was buried in temple clothing, they are worthy, I have my peace of mind concerning the state of their soul.
Here's the language from the handbook. The first sentence also appears in handbook 2, Section 9.10.3.QuestionAbound wrote:But now that this thread has popped up, I wonder...is there really an option?
And later in that same section:Handbook 1 :: 3.4.9 Temple Burial Clothing wrote:If possible, deceased members who were endowed should be buried in temple clothing. If cultural traditions or burial practices make this inappropriate or difficult, the clothing may be folded and placed next to the body in the casket.
It's my opinion that the word "should" provides people the option to do what they want.Handbook 1 :: 3.4.9 Temple Burial Clothing wrote:The Church does not normally encourage cremation. However, if the body of an endowed member is being cremated, it should be dressed in temple clothing if possible.