Dating should not be allowed until 17
The counsel against dating before you’re 16 is based on principles of physical, emotional, and spiritual safety.Don’t get stuck in the racetrack mentality—“ready, set, date!Answers are intended for help and perspective, not as pronouncements of Church doctrine.
Turning 16 isn’t necessarily a magical event that makes you suddenly ready to date.
We have also visited with youth from a variety of places and have found that there are some common questions that LDS youth would like answered.
Here are a few questions from youth about dating, along with answers we hope are helpful.
“When you are old enough [age 16], you ought to start dating.
It is good for young men and young women to learn to know and to appreciate one another.