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The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Dating

"Begin to prepare for a temple marriage. Proper dating is a part of that preparation. In cultures where dating is appropriate, do not date until you are sixteen years old. Not all teenagers need to date or even want to. When you begin dating, go in groups or on double dates. Make sure your parents meet and become acquainted with those you date. Because dating is a preparation for marriage, date only those who have high standards." Thomas S. Monson, "That We May Touch Heaven," "Ensign," Nov. 1990, p. 45

"I think President Kimball gives us strong direction in this. In a talk, 'Save the Youth of Zion,' delivered in 1965 at June Conference, he said, 'Early dating, especially early steady dating, brings numerous problems, much heartache, and numerous disasters. The early date often develops into the steady date, and the steady date frequently brings on early marriage, of which there are hundreds of thousands with 16- and 17-year-old brides. Early marriages often end in disillusionment, frustration, and divorce, with broken homes and scarred lives. Far more high school marriages end in divorce than marriages of more mature young people. Dating, and especially steady dating, in the early teens is most hazardous. It distorts the whole picture of life. It deprives the youth of worthwhile and rich experiences. It limits friendships and reduces acquaintances which can be so valuable in selecting a partner for time and eternity.'" Vaughn J. Featherstone, "Q&A: Questions and Answers," "New Era," Feb. 1975, p. 8–9

"Early dating gives Satan a foothold. Single dating at an early age is an invitation for the adversary to attack you while you are away from the safety of the group. Immoral conduct, alcohol, drug abuse, the addicting and degrading effect of pornography, Satan worship and other cult activities are all tools of the adversary carefully designed to enslave you and, ultimately, destroy you. The battle between good and evil is very real. We determine by the choices we make each day where we stand, what our values are, and whom we have chosen to follow." Ardeth G. Kapp, "'Crickets' Can Be Destroyed through Spirituality," "Ensign," Nov. 1990, p. 94

"We believe that romance and marriage will come a lot more naturally if you worry about them a lot less." Jeffrey R. and Patricia T. Holland, "Things We Have Learned—Together," "Ensign," June 1986, p. 28

"You young, single men who hold the priesthood and are dating the splendid young ladies of the Church have a duty to do everything you can to protect their physical safety and virtue. The priesthood you hold gives you the greater responsibility to see that the high moral standards of the Church are always maintained." James E. Faust, "Acting for Ourselves and Not Being Acted Upon," "Ensign," Nov. 1995, p. 47

"May I first speak to young people about personal selfishness in courtship? Actually, what is the main purpose for dating? Isn't it to get to know another person well enough to know what kind of a partner that person would be? Isn't it to learn to know that other person's character, interests, talents, and abilities? Or is dating merely an opportunity to satisfy one's passions? Each person will have to answer that question for himself. However, a sure guide would be to follow the words of the Savior: 'Again I say unto you, let every man esteem his brother as himself' (D&C 38:25)." Theodore M. Burton, "The Need for Love," "Ensign," May 1979, p. 73

"... in your searching for the fulfillment of your romantic longings, always live for the presence of the Holy Spirit, that you may have it as your constant guide. Don't date someone you already know you would not ever want to marry. If you fall in love with someone you should not marry, you can't expect the Lord to guide you away from that person after you are already emotionally committed. It is difficult enough to tune your spiritual receiver to the whisperings of heaven without jamming up the channel with the loud thunder of romantic emotion." Bruce C. Hafen, "The Gospel and Romantic Love," "Ensign," Oct. 1982, p. 67-68

"In today's world with its fast pace, we sometimes want to rush things. As we date and as we choose the parents of our children, we need to be very cautious and be certain that we are using the proper ingredients. Because of this need, the prophets have reminded us that we should wait until at least age 16 to start dating, and we need to be careful whom and how we date. We find in Ecclesiastes 3:1, 'To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.'" LeGrand R. Curtis, "Searching for the One You Will Marry," "New Era," June 1993, p. 4

"President Harold B. Lee said, 'The purpose of dating which leads to courtship and ultimately to marriage is a social process by which young people ultimately find their mates in marriage. It is a truism that we find our husband or wife among that company we frequent the most' (Ye Are the Light of the World, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1974, p. 72)." LeGrand R. Curtis, "Searching for the One You Will Marry," "New Era," June 1993, p. 4

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