While Mitt Romney may not be too talkative about his Mormon faith, he is privately quite religious, and The Daily Mail reports just how private -- confirming suspicions that Romney wears special Mormon undergarments. The publication reports that a picture on twitter "shows the GOP nominee wearing an unbuttoned white shirt with his Mormon underwear clearly visible underneath."
According to the Church of Latter Day Saints, the special undergarment serves multiple functions. The garment "sets the LDS standard for modesty." It protects the body, and it also "serves as a constant reminder of one's temple covenants." The garments also contain four marks, which symbolize "the orientation toward the gospel principles of obedience, truth, life and discipleship in Christ."
The church explains that "The white garment symbolizes purity and helps assure modesty, respect for the attributes of God, and, to the degree it is honored, a token of what Paul regarded as taking upon on the whole armor of God."
The traditional Mormon undergarment covers the shoulders and extends to the knees. It must be worn underneath clothing, as "it is strictly not for public display." However, it is not a requirement of the Mormon faith to the wear the garment.
Romney did not purposely reveal that he wore this underwear. In fact, The Daily Mail wrote that Mitt Romney previously refused to tell them whether or not he wore Mormon undergarments. And keeping his choice of underwear secret was probably in his best interest. Comedians and commentators are having a field day making jokes about "magic underwear."
Appearing on the David Letterman show, Bill Maher had tossed out jokes at Romney's expense including some about his choice of undergarment. In contrast to Romney's statement that "we're just different types of Christians," Maher said, "No, I was raised Catholic. And there was no magic underwear."