My good friend Val is a convert to the LDS Church. Her youngest daughter is getting baptized on Sunday. She was getting pretty worried because she couldn't find her daughter's white dress. I burst out laughing and told her it was not in the Baptism Rule Book that girls wear white dresses on their baptism day.
Then I thought I had better check out the ultimate rule book...."To the Google!"
I found this post:
"The problem is that DD isn't really aware of the tradition because it wasn't a big thing where we lived before. But I've seen every one of the 9 or 10 little girls in her soon to be Activity Day's group wear a white dress to church. They are obviously the after baptism dress. (Parents don't generally buy rowdy, bouncy little girls pure white dresses just to wear on any old Sunday.) I doubt DD will be aware of the tradition before her baptism next month but I don't want her to feel gypped either once she gets to know these girls in the ward better and finds out she didn't get a new white dress to put on after. Then we have another little girl coming up close on her heels. For sure they will both be appraised of the tradition by the time she gets baptized in 16 months. I always feel like a bad mom when I buck these traditions. (We don't do sleepovers either and I've taken endless flack for it.)
Another thing my husband pointed out is that he doesn't want our kids identifying these sacred ordinances with all the things they'll get. He wants them to be focused on the spiritual blessings rather than the physical presents. My daughter is already asking her grandma to give her a blanket for her baptism since one of her friend's grandma gave her granddaughter a "comforter" to represent the gift of the Holy Ghost.
I don't know. I'm still sitting on the fence on this one. But I'll probably side with my husband since our older daughters say they didn't miss having the white dress, and because I'm basically very practical by nature. "
WHO STARTED THIS "TRADITION"? You wear white as you are being baptized. Then you change into your normal church clothes. It may be a new suit or dress that you get, but it does not have to a white dress.
Tradition? Bah! This is just a group of people wanting to be better "Mormons" than others. A tradition is a ritual, belief or object passed down within a society, still maintained in the present, with origins in the past.[1 (wikipedia)
Do what you want, wear what you want, but don't make a sacred ordinance less sacred because you have to keep up with the Jones.
I guess I am one of the people whose socks don't have to match their underwear.