“They Did Not Wear Costly Apparel Yet They Were Neat and Comely”

Church Educational System

The Book of Mormon repeatedly warns against the sins of pride and class distinction that are manifest when people begin to wear “very costly apparel” (Alma 1:6). Members of the Lord’s Church have been counseled to avoid extremes in clothing and appearance. They also should avoid becoming preoccupied with expensive fashions (see D&C 42:40). Nevertheless, disciples of Christ are to be “neat and comely” (Alma 1:27).

The For the Strength of Youth pamphlet states: “When you are well groomed and modestly dressed, you invite the companionship of the Spirit. … Always be neat and clean and avoid being sloppy or inappropriately casual in dress, grooming, and manners. Ask yourself, ‘Would I feel comfortable with my appearance if I were in the Lord’s presence?’” ([2001], 15–16).

Book of Mormon Student Manual (2009 Edition)