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Doctrine and Covenants A date is a planned activity that allows a young man and a young woman to get to know each other better. In cultures where dating is acceptable, it can help you learn and practice social skills, develop friendships, have wholesome fun, and eventually find an eternal companion.

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In cultures where dating or courtship is acceptable, dating can help youth develop friendships and eventually find an eternal companion. Youth in the Church are taught to wait until at least age 16 to begin dating and to date only those who have high moral standards. Dating before then can lead to immorality, limit the of other young people you meet, and deprive you of experiences that will help you choose an eternal partner.


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You know there is wise and wonderful counsel on dating standards in For the Strength of Youth. This inspired pamphlet from the First Presidency is a great resource as you prepare for and begin dating. Below you will find additional insights from prophets and apostles about whom, why, when, and how you should date. President Gordon B. President Thomas S. They will be your safeguards lds dating standards situations where you may vacillate between choices, and you in turn may save them. Elder Jeffrey R. The old-fashioned date was a wonderful way to get acquainted with a member of the opposite sex.

It encouraged conversation. It allowed you to see how you treat others and how you are treated in a one-on-one situation. It gave opportunities to learn how to initiate and sustain a mature relationship. None of that happens in hanging out. Elder Dallin H. It is good for young men and young women to learn to know and to appreciate one another. It is good for you to go to games and dances and picnics, to do all of lds dating standards young things.

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We encourage our young people to date. We encourage you to set high standards of dating. Maturity may vary from individual to individual, but we are convinced that dating should not even begin until you are And then, ideal dating is on a group basis. Avoid steady dating.

Steady dating is courtship, and surely the beginning of courtship ought to be delayed until you have emerged from your teens.

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President Boyd K. But this very attraction becomes as a powder keg unless it is kept under control. It is beautiful when handled in the right way. It is deadly if it gets out of hand. This rule is not deed to hurt you in any way.

Dating advice from prophets and apostles

It is deed to help you, and it will do so if you will observe it. Studies have shown that the longer a boy and girl date one another, the more likely they are to get into trouble. Have a wonderful time, but stay away from familiarity. Keep your hands to yourself.

It may not be easy, but it is possible. In dating, treat your date with respect, and expect your date to show that same respect for you. To kiss in casual dating is asking for trouble. What do kisses mean when given out like pretzels and robbed of sacredness?

President Spencer W. Kimball —The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, ed. Edward L. Kimball President James E. Young people should still limit the close contacts for several years, since the boy will be going on his mission when he is 19 years old. It distorts the whole picture of life. It deprives the youth of worthwhile and rich experiences; it limits friendships; it reduces the acquaintance which can be so valuable in selecting a partner for time lds dating standards eternity.

Oh, youth, if you could know!

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The requirements of the Church are the highway to love and to happiness, with guardrails securely in place, with guideposts plainly marked, and with help along the way. How fortunate are you who follow the standards of the Church, even if just from sheer obedience or habit. You will find a rapture and a joy fulfilled. Be a true disciple of Jesus.

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Be a genuine, committed, word-and-deed Latter-day Saint. Believe that your faith has everything to do with your romance, because it does. You separate dating from discipleship at your peril.

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Jesus Christ, the Light of the World, is the only lamp by which you can successfully see the path of love and happiness. How should I love thee? Make certain that the marriage in your future is a temple marriage.

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There is no scene so sweet, no time so sacred as that very special day of your marriage. Then and there you glimpse celestial joy. Be alert; do not permit temptation to rob you of this blessing.

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Illustrated by Dilleen Marsh. April Dating Advice from Prophets and Apostles. Unsteady Dating JeaNette G. What Makes a Person Datable? Jourdan Strain.

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