LDS youth dating standards made clearer in 'For the Strength of Youth'

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.

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.

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