Now this is our kind of religion!
A gay doctor with the body of a Greek god recalled the moment he stripped off his special Mormon underwear and walked away from the church in a moving Instagram post.
Doctor Jake Jacob revealed to his 277,000 followers how the moment changed his perception of both his body and beliefs, and set him on a liberating path of self discovery.
“It’s been 12 years since I decided to stop wearing them,” Jacob wrote, referring to the Temple Undergarments, a special set of underwear worn by some believers of the Mormon religion.
He wrote how he realized it “made no sense” to continue wearing them since he was “having sex with men, which is a mortal sin against the Mormon church’s teachings.”
In what he called a pre-manscaped throwback, Jacob posted an old pic showing him clad only in a skin-tight t-shirt, equally tight briefs, and what he called a “Brigham Young beard.”
The 39-year-old Jacob spoke of stripping away “the oppressive clothing that insisted I always stay covered instead of celebrating the body” he was given, and explained how the act of taking off what he called the “magic underwear” and slipping naked between the sheets of his bed was “life-altering physically, emotionally, and spiritually.”
According to Jacob, that night was the first step of many in taking back control of his body and his life.
“Sliding into my sheets without any clothes the first night I felt freedom I’d never experienced before,” he wrote. “I could choose how I presented my body to the world.”
While Jacob has used the experience to reevaluate his past life in the Mormon church, including his experiences with conversion therapy, he remains positive and focused on the future.
“I’m grateful I took a chance stepping into the unknown discovering a life I never dreamed could be so fulfilling,” he wrote.