How to Dress and Act When at the Temple (Latter Day Saints) if You're Not a Mormon
Maybe your Mormon daughter is getting married. Maybe you promised a friend that you'd pick them up from proxy baptisms. Whatever the reason is, you're going anyway. You're aware that you'll only be allowed in the lobby and the Visitors' Center if one exists, and you're nervous that you'll act like an idiot. So here are the things you should do to make your endeavor less stressful.
Cover up all tattoos, and remove large earrings, belly rings, nose rings, etc. (And yes, if you're a girl you may wear one pair of earrings, traditionally set at the bottom of your earlobes).
If you are a girl wear a nice dress or skirt, the length of which should come below your knees when you're sitting down. If you're a guy put, on a nice shirt, and don't wear shorts or jeans unless you don't own anything else. Regardless of your gender, don't wear anything that reveals your shoulders, belly or chest.
When you get there don't talk about sex, drugs, alcohol, and stay away from politics.
Show extreme honor and respect for the Temple, because it is one of the most holy places that Mormons see as. It is a place for them to feel close to the spirit.
- Many temples have a Visitor's Center. Take full advantage of them to familiarize yourself with the temple itself.
- If you've ever been interested in going all the way inside a Mormon temple, keep your eyes open and find out if the Latter-day Saints Church is building a temple in your area. After construction of a temple is completed, the Latter-day Saints church holds an "open house" in which anyone is allowed to take a tour of the temple, as long as they're respectful. After this open house the Latter-day Saints church does a dedication ceremony in which the temple is "Given to God", at which point the doors of the temple close to anyone who is not a worthy member of the Latter-day Saints Church.
- There are a lot of websites out there that are promising that they can show you how to forge a Mormon temple recommend card. Don't believe it, they don't work. If a site asks for money don't give them any, it is a scam.