When you’re a teen, dating helps you learn how to interact with others, make friends, have fun, and learn and practice respect and courtesy.
These skills will be helpful in your social interactions and then later in courtship and marriage.
Add to this a general societal fear of marriage, and young single adults often find themselves in a state of limbo, disengaged from developing significant relationships.
Yet prophets continue to encourage young single adults to become more engaged in trying to become engaged—to realize the ideal of marriage and family.
A few brief dates, followed by a whirlwind engagement and marriage, does not build a solid foundation for marriage.There should be dating, followed by careful and thoughtful and thorough courtship.There should be ample opportunities to experience the prospective spouse’s behavior in a variety of circumstances" (Dallin H.are not paired off and do not have an obligation to leave with a specific member of the group).Reciprocal affection (aka “Do you want to share a blanket”): This is the informal stage where one member of a potential couple tests how interested the other person is.
Oaks, "Divorce," Don't let yourself get caught up in the moment by jumping into marriage when you're still in the stage of infatuation and attraction.