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Let"s see if you can correctly answer the following question: At what age are Latter-day Saint youth allowed to lớn date? Of course, you probably immediately said, “16”. OK, then, how about this one: At what age are you allowed lớn have a boyfriend or girlfriend? You may be thinking, “Um, 16. Didn’t I just answer that?” 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.

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. When you reach an age where you think of marriage, then is the time to lớn become so involved. But you boys who are in high school don’t need this, and neither bởi the girls". So what does this counsel really mean, & what are the reasons for it?

To begin with, there are two different types of dating: casual dating steady (or serious) dating. The distinction between the two has to do with exclusivity. With casual dating, there is no exclusivity. The two people aren’t “a couple” or “an item”, & they don"t refer khổng lồ each other as a “boyfriend or “girlfriend”. They don’t pair off.


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People who are casually dating are simply friends. This is the kind of dating the Church encourages you to vì after you turn 16. You should put aside a need lớn find a “one và only”. If you’re dating casually, you don’t expect a relationship khổng lồ become a romance. You have fun, you vày a variety of things with a variety of people. On the other hand, steady dating means the couple is exclusive with one another. They expect each other not lớn date anyone else or khổng lồ 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 lớn progress toward, because that’s the age when they should be thinking of marrying.

You should avoid becoming exclusive as teenagers, because an exclusive relationship requires a high level of commitment from both partners, & you’re not in a position to make that kind of commitment as teens - neither emotionally, physically, nor in terms of your future plans. As President Boyd K. Packer, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, has said to lớn youth. “Avoid steady dating. Steady dating is courtship, & surely the beginning of courtship ought to be delayed until you have emerged from your teens”.