We do a pretty good job, as parents, teachers and church leaders of teaching our Laurels and Priests about casual dating. ”) We also give a great deal of counsel to returned missionaries.We repeatedly instruct pre-missionaries to date in groups and to avoid going steady until after their missions. Once they return from their missions we encourage them to pair off and date exclusively.Every time I have served in Primary I have enjoyed singing the song, “I’m Trying to Be Like Jesus.” Like the primary children, I am “trying to love as he does, in all that I do and say.” Over the years my attempts to love have seemed feeble compared to Christ’s infinite capacity to love.In pondering my weakness, I’ve concluded I’ll never be able to love like Jesus.
If a young man doesn’t have the freedom to date a young lady without the pressure of imminent marriage, he might choose not to date at all. They deserve the right to refuse the relationship if they so choose.She gifted her Mac to her brother, her i-phone to a sister-in-law and her i-pod to her dad.The little girl who had previously stocked her closet with stylish clothes and shoes (oh the shoes!!! When the stake president set my daughter apart to serve her mission in Brazil, he promised the 18 months would fly by for everyone–except Mom.At one educational exhibit a docent explained the courtship rituals of the era.In the middle of her speech she dropped her handkerchief and one of the little 10-year-old boys in the front row picked it up and graciously returned it to her.She wanted her 14-year-old hero and heroine to be friends with one another, but not to form an exclusive relationship.