October 2008

“Dating,” Liahona, Oct. 2008, 31


Do not date until you are at least 16 years old. Date only those who have high standards. When you begin dating, go in groups or on double dates. Plan activities that help you remain close to the Spirit of the Lord.

The best group dates are planned yet casual, inexpensive yet fun. Be creative; people enjoy something that offers variety and allows them to get to know others while having a good time. Ask your parents, friends, or youth leaders for ideas for group dates. Here are just a few to get you started:

  • Take a tour of a local candy factory, cheese factory, or other local spot of interest.

  • Organize a potluck dinner, and assign people to bring certain dishes or ingredients.

  • Visit a local park, where you can feed the birds, take a walk, throw a Frisbee, ride bikes, or have a picnic.

  • Visit a museum, aquarium, or zoo. Check the newspaper or Internet for free or discounted tickets.

  • Have a service date. Rake a neighbor’s leaves, wash windows, or help with something that needs to be done.

  • If you’re in the mood for a quieter evening, visit a local library or bookstore and browse through books together.

  • If you live in a region with a lot of snow, build an elaborate snowman together. If you live near a beach, build a sandcastle. Or build separate ones, and have a competition judged by strangers who pass by.