As plainly stated by prominent leaders of the Church, "It is natural to date.
Every right-thinking young person has a native desire to become acquainted with the opposite sex, looking eventually to pairing off in honorable marriage" (Petersen, p. "Dating has become the accepted form of social recreation for the purpose of getting acquainted before young people can safely have a serious interest in each other.
Because the selection of a mate in life is so extremely important, we should intelligently seek the experiences which will help us to make that great decision" (Hunter, pp. Typical of the advice given to LDS youth is the following counsel about dating: Who?
Only those whose standards are high, like your own. Clean places, decent places, proper places where you can be proud to be. Associating with others under wholesome circumstances helps develop friendships and permits you to learn about qualities and characteristics in others, to get to know them, to have fun together, to widen areas of choice, to achieve a wider and wiser vision of what one may seek in an eternal companion. Not too young, not too often, not on school nights as a rule, not too expensively. Fun things, wholesome things, good and useful things- things pleasing to you, to parents, to God. With others, in groups, chaperoned when proper, appropriately dressed, cheerfully, courteously, modestly, wisely, prayerfully. 134-35] While dating and courtship patterns among LDS reflect broader societal patterns, there are several age-graded characteristics of dating and courtship in the Church that are special.
"Young men and women, not yet ready for marriage, should be friends with many others, but they should not engage in courting .