But I’m Not 16
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“But I’m Not 16,” New Era, Aug. 2012, 45

But I’m Not 16

Madeline C., North Carolina, USA

At a recent school dance, I found out that a young man in my class liked me. After I talked to him about it, he asked me to “date” him. I told him no and said that my parents wouldn’t let me. I didn’t mention anything about the Church.

Later in the week, he e-mailed me and again asked me to “date” him. He told me that lots of kids at our school had strict parents who wouldn’t let them date. He then told me that even though they weren’t allowed to have boyfriends or girlfriends, they made the decision to do so anyway.

I explained that I was a Latter-day Saint and would not date until I was 16 and would not steady date. I felt bad because he was very nice, and I really did like him. However, I felt good about my choice and knew I had made the right decision.

I know that waiting until you are 16 to date is very important, and I’m glad that with the gospel, making hard choices is easier.