THE GARMENT AS MAGIK TALISMAN
Mormon historian D. Michael Quinn calls the garment a magical amulet.
D. Michael Quinn, Early Mormonism and the Magic World View, rev. ed. (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1998), 276.
A year after the death of Joseph Smith, members of the Quorum of the Twelve stated that Apostle Willard Richards survived the attack on Carthage Jail (where Mormon found Joseph Smith and this brother, Hyram were killed) because he had been wearing his garment. (The Smiths had removed their garments "on account of the hot weather.")
Hotel magnate Willard Marriott told Mike Wallace (of 60 Minutes of a boat fire that had consumed his pants yet left him unscathed above the knee, where his garment was.
One returned missionary said: