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#1 MormonGirl02

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 09:56 PM

Hi everyone. I am looking for baptismal gowns for adult women. I wear at least a 2x to a 3x and I am afraid that the church won't have a size that would fit me. Where can I buy one at? All I've been able to find is children's baptismal gowns.

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 10:10 PM

Hi everyone. I am looking for baptismal gowns for adult women. I wear at least a 2x to a 3x and I am afraid that the church won't have a size that would fit me. Where can I buy one at? All I've been able to find is children's baptismal gowns.


Ask somebody to check for you (Missionaries, Relief Society, Elder's Quorum, Bishop), in my experience the buildings with fonts usually have a pretty good selection. If you can't find a specifically made baptismal dress any all white modest dress of decent thickness should do. Actually there is no reason for it to be a dress what the Church provides tends to be jumpsuits. If its all white and its modest (even after being wet as much as wet clothing can be modest) its all good though I could understand why you might feel inclined towards something a little more special.
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Posted 11 May 2009 - 10:22 PM

Check with the local ward. If they don't have what you need, they can order it for you. The church does sell some baptismal clothing online at ldscatalog.com. I found baptismal jumpers, white dresses (but don;t know how waterproof they are) and a womens' baptismal liner (which sounds like something you might wear under a dress, but there was no photo, so don't really know the details. They even have a baptismal bra! But, unless you want to keep the dress yourself, just have the ward or branch order what you need. Talk to the missionaries, Relief Society President or the Bishop/Branch President

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 02:59 AM

Ask somebody to check for you (Missionaries, Relief Society, Elder's Quorum, Bishop), in my experience the buildings with fonts usually have a pretty good selection. If you can't find a specifically made baptismal dress any all white modest dress of decent thickness should do. Actually there is no reason for it to be a dress what the Church provides tends to be jumpsuits. If its all white and its modest (even after being wet as much as wet clothing can be modest) its all good though I could understand why you might feel inclined towards something a little more special.


Check with the local ward. If they don't have what you need, they can order it for you. The church does sell some baptismal clothing online at ldscatalog.com. I found baptismal jumpers, white dresses (but don;t know how waterproof they are) and a womens' baptismal liner (which sounds like something you might wear under a dress, but there was no photo, so don't really know the details. They even have a baptismal bra! But, unless you want to keep the dress yourself, just have the ward or branch order what you need. Talk to the missionaries, Relief Society President or the Bishop/Branch President


Thanks to both of you! :) Your posts have been incredibly helpful! I will definitely talk to someone at my ward first.

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 06:40 AM

I've never seen someone baptized in a gown, it has always been the unisex jumpers. In our wards baptismal closet there are 2x jumpers. Like was said before, ask someone in the ward what they have on hand.

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 07:19 AM

Hi everyone. I am looking for baptismal gowns for adult women. I wear at least a 2x to a 3x and I am afraid that the church won't have a size that would fit me. Where can I buy one at? All I've been able to find is children's baptismal gowns.


To add to Dravin comment, talk to the Missionaries. They can access the Mission Homes clothing for various sizes.

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 07:33 AM

The official instruction on clothing for a baptism is “a person who is baptized wear[s] clean, white clothing that does not appear transparent when it is wet.” Technically, you could be baptized in a white bikini and your baptism would be valid (although you might cause quite a commotion if you were to do so). If you and your ward have trouble finding something suitable, a couple of thick white t-shirts and white khakis would do the trick. Or if you prefer, you could buy simple white dress for your baptism.

Mostly, the Church wants to make sure you aren’t embarrassed by showing off your goods following this very special moment. We very much want you to be focused on the Spirit and how you feel as you take this step, and not on trivial stuff such as clothing.

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 07:50 AM

I hardly think a bikini qualifies as "clothing."
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Posted 12 May 2009 - 07:52 AM

Yeh I did think that was stretching it a bit. Yet if I were to get into a bikini that would for sure be "stretching it."

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 07:56 AM

If the Ward or Stake doesn't have what you need. The Relief Society President can check out clothing from the temple. She should as for the temple matron and explain the circumstances.

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 08:01 AM

I agree with apple. You would not be the first person of a larger size that has gotten baptized. I'm sure they have resources to provide or find the proper attire for your baptism.

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 12:22 PM

I'm sure your local leaders have something that would fit.
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Posted 16 May 2009 - 11:47 AM

i got baptised in a dress- would recommend a jumpsuit if you can get one. Depending on what you want to spend and not sure of sizing as not American Whiteelegance (google them) have gorgeous dresses and one could be used for temple later on -Charley

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 01:56 PM

This is too late for the first poster, but for others: We have a baptism this week, so I just got in the shower after trying on my white temple dress and later two white blouses (with linings) and a skirt (also with a lining). All were on top of a temple slip, but all showed way too much once they were wet. Most white clothing just wouldn't stand up to water and be modest in any way. The temple slip does help, if you can borrow one from a sister in the ward, but it's a slip, so it's thin. In our small ward out in NC we don't have adequate baptismal clothing and our small temple doesn't have much either. All of the baptisms I've been to in my ward where women have gotten baptized, a lot showed (SAD!). It takes some time and preparation to find a dress that will fit (with other clothes underneath if needed). If you can find something that works and then donate it, you'll be doing a kindness to people for years to come! :)

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 03:24 PM

Yeh I did think that was stretching it a bit.


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Posted 28 October 2009 - 07:21 PM

We just had two baptisms this past Saturday and one of the ladies wore a dress to get baptised in and the church provided it. I'm sure they will have something for you!! :)

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 09:01 PM

I would think that all wards would have an assortment of differing sizes and choices. BUT, in my new ward I found that they had nothing!!! Seems this would be something that the mission leader of the ward would want to address. After all, don't we want new converts to feel welcome and special?

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 09:06 PM

Not every ward or ward building has a baptismal font..so doesn't make sense that each ward would have to keep a supply on hand.

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 09:10 PM

Not every ward or ward building has a baptismal font..so doesn't make sense that each ward would have to keep a supply on hand.


Of course. Every ward that has a font. :huh:




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