Don’t hang out at your home or the other person’s home if no parents are present.
The age of 16 simply means you can now begin dating when you feel ready, starting with group dates. Dating before then can lead to immorality, limit the number of other young people you meet, and deprive you of experiences that will help you choose an eternal partner.” “The Lord has made us attractive one to another for a great purpose. “It is for this reason that the Church counsels against early dating. It is designed to help you, and it will do so if you will observe it.” If you’re not 16 yet and someone asks you on a date (or to “hang out” with them in a situation obviously very much like dating), simply thank them for the invitation, but tell them you’re not going to start dating until you’re 16, or that it’s a rule in your family not to date until you’re 16. We have also visited with youth from a variety of places and have found that there are some common questions that LDS youth would like answered.Here are a few questions from youth about dating, along with answers we hope are helpful.Your ultimate goal is to spend eternity with Heavenly Father, and in His kingdom we will live as eternal families.So the ultimate goal of dating is to find an eternal companion you can make and keep temple covenants with.Now that you’ve recognized what’s happening, set limits.
Your parents or Church leaders can help you establish some rules.
But this very attraction becomes as a powder keg unless it is kept under control. If they ask why, tell them that it’s something the Church teaches.
Don’t apologize for the Church standard, but let the person know what that standard is.
Modern prophets have counseled us to follow this standard because they know that it will protect us and help us to be happy.
Turning 16 isn’t necessarily a magical event that makes you suddenly ready to date.
While dating early may not be something you need to confess to your bishop, you should repent by asking Heavenly Father’s forgiveness for not following the standard set by modern prophets.