105 years ago today - Jul 1, 1918

[George F. Gibbs]
President [Joseph F.] Smith directs me to say: Many of our soldier boys wearing the temple garment took it off soon after entering the service, thinking it better to do that than to have it ridiculed through exposure. Others have continued to wear it, some of whom have taken it off while drilling, and wearing it again afterwards, also on Sundays and holidays. Some have continued to wear it until after their arrival in France, and have written back to their families to send them new garments, thus showing that it is possible to wear the garment in the Army. A rule in the Navy however forbids the wearing of the garment, but we know of no such rule in the Army. Should you be deprived of wearing the garment during your army experience through circumstances over which you have no control * the Lord will accept the [desire of your heart] .

[George F. Gibbs to Walter Welti, July 1, 1918, in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

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