If, as Mormon tells his son, virtue is most precious and dear above all things (see Moro. advises you to not date before you are 16 years old, to go out in groups when you do date, and to avoid pairing off exclusively with one partner. Hinckley has told youth, “When you are young, do not get involved in steady dating.When you reach an age where you think of marriage, then is the time to become so involved.I have children who have chosen to follow that advice, and I have seen the blessings that flow from it.If you will be determined to save your kisses for the appropriate time, and follow the guidelines set for us by prophets, you will reap the joy and peace that come from keeping sacred things sacred.I thought that kissing a date good-night was just a way of saying thank you for the date if both of us had enjoyed being together.
The first kiss given by a girl I know to a certain fellow [was one too many], because it led to many more and to a miserable marriage. Many things around you encourage you to give affection, such as your physical maturity, movies, advertising, music, stories, articles, and conversation. But there are good reasons why you should be discriminating and self-controlled in your giving of affection.As I did, she moved just enough so that I “missed.” She turned the attempted kiss into a hug, as if that was what I had meant it to be. She had subtly made it look like the hug was all I had intended, but it did not feel very subtle at the time.I thought the people waiting in the car had probably noticed, and I was embarrassed. She was a fun girl, and I thought she would never want to go out with me again because I had tried to kiss her when she did not want to be kissed.I have more and more students each year in my seminary classes express the desire to follow President Kimball’s counsel and save their kisses.There are many who have decided to stop kissing in their dating relationships and wait for a time when it can be more meaningful.It's not possible to get through life without watching a few date movies.