Some of my closest friends who have been successfully married for 20 years are the product of teenage romance. The talks and articles I quoted were published in 2010.
It just doesn’t make sense to add the complication of a steady girlfriend when a young man is trying to prepare for a mission, and especially when he’s on his mission. I have also observed that pre-mission romances are on the upswing in my area, and the new service age reduction has seemed to have thrown kerosene on it.
It might create temptations and even expectations regarding the relationship. Neither of them needs that sort of distraction or pressure.” (Link) So here is the million dollar question: Why are so many of our youth totally ignoring this prophetic counsel as they prepare to serve the Lord as full-time missionaries? So many really good kids I know have boyfriends and girlfriends.
The specific counsel that the prophets have shared in the past few years is a different message: Teenagers should not be involved in romantic relationships or steady dating until it is time to move towards marriage. When you reach an age where you think of marriage, then is the time to become so involved.
But you boys who are in high school don’t need this, and neither do the girls.” (Link) President Boyd K. Steady dating is courtship, and surely the beginning of courtship ought to be delayed until you have emerged from your teens.” (Link) Elder Larry R.
“When you begin dating, go with one or more additional couples.