This counsel has been difficult to follow for a couple of now-obsolete reasons. First, adults weren’t teaching youth not to have a boyfriend or girlfriend in high school. Many adults had a boyfriend/girlfriend when they were in high school, so how could it suddenly be wrong? Secondly, Latter-day Saints who actually waited until after their missions to get a steady girlfriend or boyfriend were pretty darn old when they entered the dating scene. Everything changed in 2012.
Some of the most difficult counsel the LDS Church gives to youth just got a whole lot easier to follow. For years prophets have taught our youth to wait until after a mission to go steady, but only the very elect actually follow the prophets’ counsel.
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