Articles and Talks on Dating

Articles and Talks on Dating

Dating FAQs, New Era, Apr. 2010, 20–32 Here are some answers to teens’ frequently asked questions about dating.

Dating versus Hanging Out Dallin H. Oaks It is very different from dating. My single brothers and sisters, follow the simple dating pattern and you don’t need to do your looking through Internet chat rooms or dating services—two alternatives that can be very dangerous or at least unnecessary or ineffective.

You’re in the Driver’s Seat Boyd K. Packer Some Dating Guidelines When you are old enough, you ought to start dating. Avoid steady dating.

“Living Worthy of the Girl You Will Someday Marry”  Gordon B. Hinckley, “Living Worthy of the Girl You Will Someday Marry,” Ensign, May 1998, 49 Make yourself worthy of the loveliest girl in all the world. Keep yourself worthy through all the days of your life.

“Marriage Prep 101” Brad Wilcox, New Era, Oct. 1999, 30–33
If you’d like a top grade in marriage preparation, let these couples tutor you. This is one time it’s perfectly okay to get answers from someone else.

“Receive the Temple Blessings” Richard G. Scott, Ensign, May 1999, 252–27 
As you seek an eternal companion, look for someone who is developing the essential attributes that bring happiness

“Could I Wait for a Temple Marriage?” Loie Lott Benson, Ensign, Feb. 1999, 48–51
He might be my last opportunity for marriage. How could I refuse him and face an uncertain future?

“The Power of Righteousness” Richard G. Scott, Liahona, Jan. 1999, 79–81; or Ensign, Nov. 1998, 68–70
Choosing to do what the Lord has defined as right will, in the long run, always lead to the best outcomes.

“Great Group Dates” Darrin Lythgoe, New Era, Feb. 1998, 15
So what can a group do together for fun? Here are some ideas.

“Some Thoughts on Temples, Retention of Converts, and Missionary Service” Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, Nov. 1997, 49–52
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 become so involved.

“The Temple Marriage I Waited For” Patricia E. McInnis, Liahona, Apr. 1997, 28–30; or Ensign, Aug. 1996, 64–65 
The goal of marriage continued to occupy my mind. As a lifelong member of the Church, I had learned the importance of eternal marriage.

“Dating: A Time to Become Best Friends” John D. Claybaugh, Ensign, Apr. 1994, 18–21
Courtship is a time to discover who you and your partner really are—and how to nourish your relationship.

“Choosing and Being the Right Spouse” Thomas B. Holman, Ensign, Sept. 2002, 62–67
Prophetic counsel teaches us that finding a marriage partner takes spiritual sensitivity, maturity, and preparation—including preparing ourselves to be the right spouse.

“Searching for the One You Will Marry” LeGrand R. Curtis, New Era, June 1993, 4–7 
It takes time and the right ingredients to cook up a great relationship. Here’s a favorite—and foolproof—recipe.

“Q&A: Questions and Answers” New Era, July 2001, 16–18 
I’m not exaggerating when I say that there are no LDS young people to date in my area. Wouldn’t it be all right to date [someone who does not belong to our church]?

“Q&A: Questions and Answers” New Era, Feb. 2001, 16–18
Why does the Church say we should not date until we are 16 years old?

“A Prophet’s Counsel and Prayer for Youth” Gordon B. Hinckley, Liahona, Apr. 2001, 30–41; or Ensign, Jan. 2001, 2–11
The Lord has made us attractive one to another for a great purpose. But this very attraction becomes as a powder keg unless it is kept under control.

“Idea List: The Do’s of Dating” New Era, Nov. 2000, 15
Here are some suggestions from New Era readers on ways to ensure a fun and wholesome date.