Conversation Clothing

by Jen on October 26, 2005

You see a guy walking by at the mall and his shirt says “I Stinketh Not!!!” and his friend’s shirt says “Touch Me Not For I Have Not Yet… Gone On My Mission”. You’re thinking that their shirts are cute and even better that you know they’re LDS without having met them at a church dance. When they spot you in your “Caffeine Free” hoodie and your friend in her “Mormon Girl – Worth the Wait!!!” shirt they smile and ask your names. Good thing you were wearing your religion on your sleeve–or shirt, anyway.

But what happens when people who aren’t LDS read your shirt and give you a really confused look? Then you get the great opportunity explain what your shirt means. The company behind these shirts creates them with missionary work in mind. “We hope that LDS Shirt Company shirts will raise conversation and smiles that will lead to discussions about our beliefs and the LDS Gospel message that we have to offer. It seems that it is hard to break the ice and tell our friends and neighbors of the Good News of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. These LDS shirts will surely spark questions that will lead to the Gospel answers.”

As active members of the LDS church, the owners Scott and Michele McKee were also frustrated at what the clothing stores had to offer young people. “Our children were having problems finding wholesome clothes that were in tune with their Mormon upbringing, finding instead low cut, sleeveless, or belly shirts with offensive messages on the front or back.

With 10 years of printing background and a unique sense of humor we decided we could do something about this ourselves. We found clothing that is appropriate and modest, and printed logos and messages that can be worn anywhere from a church dance to school and anywhere in between.”

Think of an LDS shirt, hat, etc. like a CTR ring only much, much bigger. Not only does it remind you to choose the right, but it also reminds everyone else that you’re LDS. Wouldn’t you think twice about doing something bad if your shirt told the whole world you were a “Mormon Girl”? I would.

Just in time for the holidays, LDS Shirt Company has come out with a new pink and brown items. To see their new stuff, go to www.LDSshirt.com.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Anonymous November 4, 2005 at 5:48 pm

Those are so awesome!!! I so want one!! but I don’t have the money and I’m not one for buying stuff online. I sooooo want one!!! 😀 🙂 😛 😉

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Lisa November 12, 2005 at 7:12 pm

Yep I got a “Mormon Girl~ Worth The Wait” shirt for Christas last year, and I love it! My LDS friends smile when they see me wearing it, and my non-member friends do take the opportunity to ask questions! It makes me feel great when I wear it because I know I live Gospel standards and that I can be a good example. I highly recommend them! hehe :oD

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Anonymous December 21, 2005 at 7:05 am

I am buying the “Convert” t-shirt… it’s so cute! 🙂 I love them all, tho!

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Aubrey January 26, 2006 at 8:48 pm

I find the idea interesting, but I’m not sure I like the idea of plastering your religion on a shirt. CTR rings are a reminder to yourself, not a fashion statement. There is a difference.

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Anonymous June 22, 2006 at 1:34 pm

I disagree. I think the t-shirts are a great missionary opportunity. I bought a CTR sweatshirt and wore it to school. You won’t believe how many people asked me what it meant!

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M September 28, 2006 at 10:42 am

Hey, to the first person who posted a comment, you can get it in palmyra at a store there. That’s were I got mine; Mormon Girl Worth The Wait! I love it! And it’s worth the money!

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Anonymous June 11, 2007 at 12:19 am

Sure I think they are cute, but they really only work in Utah. (except perhaps the CTR one, or other “toned down” ones) Not that I don’t want to share my religion with others, I just don’t think that plastering things across my chest is the best way to do it. Like I said, only works in Utah.

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Anonymous June 20, 2007 at 8:21 am

I disagree with the comment that they’ll only work in Utah. When I saw the shirts my first thought was that OUTside of Utah you might get more positive inquiries. Living in Utah County, I would be very hesitant to wear them. There are just too many people that would feel we’re shoving our religion in their face and placing ourselves above them. Plus, as cute as the shirts are, President Hinckley has specifically advised us to not “wear our religion on our sleeve.”

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Liana Brooks July 20, 2007 at 8:41 pm

I wish I had these t-shirts in college, it would have saved me dangling my YW medalion out there for everyone to see. I did have my Yw medalion though and found some inactives that I was able to take to church with me because I was willing to say yes, I’m LDS.

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Anonymous January 26, 2008 at 3:43 pm

I’m probably the only one that has a HUGE problem with this thing. I have lived in many places that are not predominantly LDS. Generally, people I’ve met have a decent impression of our faith, but across the board peoples’ biggest complaint is “cult-ish”. And we do it to ourselves. We have our little Mormon sub-culture that we all treat like a big secret-ish inside joke. It is very exclusive and people either feel alienated by it or don’t want anything to do with it. I find it sort of like the pharisees praying in public – “look at me! I’m so righteous!” and to me it’s a huge turn-off when guys wear shirts like that.

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