It allows you to get to know a number of people and to interact with everybody else in the group, fostering a feeling of friendship.
Friends follow a philosophy of inclusion—friendship is casual, no-pressure fun that keeps you from getting too serious with one person.
The two people aren’t “a couple” or “an item,” and they don’t refer to each other as a “boyfriend” or “girlfriend.” They don’t pair off. This is the kind of dating the Church encourages you to do after you turn 16.
You should put aside a need to find a “one and only.” If you’re dating casually, you don’t expect a relationship to become a romance.
For decades, prophets have preached that youth who are in no position to marry should not pair off exclusively.
Let’s see if you can correctly answer the following question: At what age are Latter-day Saint youth allowed to date?
This is the kind of dating the Church encourages young adults (generally, people in their 20s) to 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, and you’re not in a position to make that kind of commitment as teens—neither emotionally, physically, nor in terms of your future plans. Packer, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, has said to youth, “Avoid steady dating.
They expect each other not to date anyone else or to 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.