The two people aren’t “a couple” or “an item,” and they don’t refer to each other as a “boyfriend” or “girlfriend.” They don’t pair off. This is the kind of dating the Church encourages you to do after you turn 16.
They expect each other not to date anyone else or to be emotionally or physically close with other people.
Couples who date seriously consider the future, because there is a real possibility they could stay together.
This is the kind of dating the Church encourages young adults (generally, people in their 20s) to progress toward, because that’s the age when they should be thinking of marrying.
For decades, prophets have preached that youth who are in no position to marry should not pair off exclusively.
For instance, President Hinckley (1910–2008) said, “When you are young, do not get involved in steady dating.
may be a little confusing, since nowadays it sometimes seems to imply something a little more serious than what we intend it to mean in relation to youth in the Church.
There are two different types of dating: With casual dating, there is no exclusivity.
Make the most of your teenage dating years by keeping it casual.
Let’s see if you can correctly answer the following question: At what age are Latter-day Saint youth allowed to date?
Of course, you probably immediately said, “16,” showing you’ve paid attention to Well, if that was your answer, then, even though you aced the first question, you missed the second one.
Just because you can date when you turn 16 doesn’t mean you should immediately start looking for a steady boyfriend or girlfriend.