As I've researched the LDS church in recent years, with a new understanding and different view-point on what I'm reading, I've come to realize that there are a lot of teachings taught within the LDS church that are taught as if they are scripture yet have no basis in anything remotely authoritative. These teachings are unknowingly taught as if it came directly from the prophet or from the Book of Mormon, yet are usually rooted in hearsay and half-truths.
One of these has to do with garments. I'll discuss this topic knowing that many may be uncomfortable so I'll tread lightly. When my wife went through the temple for the first time, weeks prior to our being sealed and married, my mother instructed her that she should always wear the garments underneath her bra. I have no idea what was said exactly, but my wife told me that it was said in a way that instilled in her mind that this came from on high, and it would be a sin if worn any different than what was taught. I've searched the Internet and standard church manuals and have yet to find any reference to this practice, although this teaching may be kept tightly within the Church executive team. I've searched through forums and found that there are many garment wearers who have been taught the opposite, that its OK to wear your bra underneath your garments.
If many members are taught one way so passionately and others are taught completely different, it begs the question... how many of the current church doctrine are made up by man? Many apologetics responses to problems with Church history and doctrine have been to downplay the authority of some teachings to the point that the doctrine is just not valid because a revelation on the subject has never been added to the Doctrine and Covenants. If this is the case, why can't the church just come out and say that many things taught in the church are not necessarily correct and that many church leaders have erred and should not have said certain things and that they should not be considered to be authoritative? Wouldn't this clear up a lot of confusion?
This just doesn't happen. It should. The Church would have much more respect in the world if it just owned up to its problems and fixed them. Instead, the Church goes quiet and won't address the issue any further. We are all left to decide for ourselves if certain teachings are correct or not using the "pray and find out for yourself if it is true" method. The church leaders who spoke wrongly are never publicly corrected and many Church members use these examples in class lessons which continues the problem.
The LDS Church is supposed to be all about "truth", yet they allow half-truths to run rampant among their flock by not correcting mis-spoken General Authorities and those in authoritative positions in the church.