The Salt Lake temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints | Photo: Intellectual Reserve

Nearly a month after The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints updated temple ceremonies to be more equitable for both genders, the First Presidency quietly announced another update related to temple clothing: deceased women who were endowed in the temple no longer need to have their faces veiled upon burial.

That’s per Peggy Fletcher Stack of the Salt Lake Tribune (sorry, European readers) and confirmed by a visit to letters.lds.org (which has varying degrees of access, based on your calling).

While the practice of veiling a woman’s face was required, the letter now describes it as “optional,” but states that it may be done if the deceased sister expressed such a desire.

Stack further makes the point that the tradition of veiling a woman’s face before burial doesn’t have clear roots, but it likely goes back to the Nauvoo era or earlier, according to historian Jonathan Stapley.

The Church has become much more open about temple garments and robes in recent years, culminating in a terrific 2014 video that explains them in greater detail to the general public.


Nevertheless, it’s important to stress that temples and related clothing are sacred, and the nature with which a loved one is buried can be a particularly sensitive area.

Read more from the Trib with the link above.