A young man and a young woman on a date are responsible to help each other maintain their standards and to protect each other's honor and virtue.
, a Church publication for young men and young women, contains the following counsel regarding dating: “Do not date until you are at least 16 years old.
While those who choose courtship will hold to general guidelines for the relationship, their specific choices about when, where, and how to court may differ according to their needs and circumstances.
If defrauding (stirring up desires that cannot be righteously satisfied) occurs, the couple can foolishly and tragically give away both emotional and physical affections that should have been reserved for a life partner.It is a choice to not emotionally give away your heart, piece by piece, to many others through casual dating relationships and instead to give your whole heart to your life partner.It is a choice to wait for God’s best, for His glory.On the contrary, the courtship was successful, because God gave the direction that was sought through it.Although the termination of a courtship most likely will be painful, damage and hurt—which can lead to bitterness—can be avoided.Under the protection, guidance, and blessing of parents or mentors, the couple concentrates on developing a deep friendship that could lead to marriage, as they discern their readiness for marriage and God’s timing for their marriage.(See Proverbs 3:5–7.)Courtship is a choice to avoid temptation and experience the blessings of purity.Thus, in a dating relationship, frequently intimacy precedes commitment.A courting couple can evade numerous temptations by the choice to be held accountable to God-given authorities.Both parties, as well as their families and all the people who love them, should continue to trust in the Lord and accept the grace He gives to deal with any disappointment or unfulfilled hopes. The main difference between dating and courtship involves the goals to be reached by spending time with a potential marriage partner.Men and women who choose to date often have no commitment to consider marrying the other person.