I remembered to bring my temple clothes to work, but I forgot to bring dress clothes. I was planning to drive straight from work to the temple for youth temple night (because I work 20 minutes from home in the direction of the temple) and now I was in a pickle. I decided to simply change into my white clothes in the car and make the short walk from the parking lot to the temple in my white dockers, white belt, white shirt, and white tie. I made it to the lobby without incident.
So there I was waiting in the lobby of the temple for the rest of the ward to show up when a temple worker approached me, very concerned:
“You didn’t wear those clothes outside did you?”
“Well, I did wear these clothes from my car to the lobby, yes”
“You can’t wear your temple clothes outside!”
“These aren’t my temple clothes, they are a white pair of pants, a white shirt, and a white tie.”
A look of consternation, grave concern, and supreme self-control crossed the temple worker’s face. He said something about reporting it to the person in charge and letting them sort it out. I told him I didn’t realize this would be a big no-no, but I’d be happy to talk with someone about it. He walked away.
No one ever said another word to me about it. Well, except for other adults in the ward coming over after to ask what I was in trouble for. I have seen leaders of the church walk outside the temple in white suits plenty of times so I am still unsure of what the big problem was. Furthermore, I think it should be obvious to anyone who has been to the temple that ceremonial clothing is not ceremonial (not part of the ceremony) unless it is put on as such.
Nevertheless, when I told my brother about my experience he said I was an idiot and that it should be obvious to me that this was going to raise eyebrows and upset people. So I’m asking for your reactions. Is it bad that I walked to the lobby in white clothes? If so, two follow up questions: why was it bad? and how was I supposed to know it was bad?