"Young men and women, not yet ready for marriage, should be friends with many others, but they should not engage in courting .
Latter-day Saints believe that premarital chastity is a scriptural commandment reaffirmed by current revelation. He that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body" (1 Cor. From a modern Church leader: "Chastity should be the dominant virtue among young people" (Mc Kay, p. LDS youth are also taught that they should not participate in sexual activities that often precede sexual intercourse: "Among the most common sexual sins our young people commit are necking and petting.
During the 1970s the age of sixteen took on special significance in this regard when Spencer W.
Kimball, as President of the Church, said: "When you get in the teen years, your social associations should still be a general acquaintance with both boys and girls.
Although many boyfriend-girlfriend relationships do not last through the mission separation, the mission experience frequently brings a maturity that better prepares young men and women for eventual marriage. "Marriage and Divorce." In 1976 Speeches of the Year.
Despite the postponing effect of missions on dating activities, LDS men tend to marry at an age younger than national averages, while LDS women marry at about the norm.