For the Strength
This pamphlet summarizes standards from the writings and teachings of
Church leaders and from scriptures. While the rules and guidelines in this material were
originally prepared for the youth, the principles outlined are applicable to all.
Dating and Courtship
"Members of the Church are somewhat distinctive in
their dating and courtship practices, but they are also influenced by broader cultural
patterns." Encyclopedia of Mormonism
In summary, passionate kissing is a sin before marriage. If you are doing
anything with someone that you would not also feel comfortable doing with your brother or
sister while in the presence of your parents, then you are going too far and need to
Latter-day Saints are encouraged to only date faithful members of the
Marriage vs Temple Marriage?
"What does a young woman or a young man do who marries outside of the
temple of the Lord? Unless young people who marry outside the temple speedily
repent, they cut themselves off from exaltation in the celestial kingdom of God." President
Joseph Fielding Smith
Dating and Marriage
While the Church does not consider it a sin, leaders have discouraged
interracial dating because of the inherent difficulties involved.
Ideas for Dates
Find fun date ideas involving meals, developing talents, service, Church,
and entertainment. Also, etiquette information, standards, creative invitations and
answers, and things to talk about.