LDS Dating Quotes

To provide you with some quick encouragement and perspective we have decided to include dating quotes from church leaders. Each dating quote is linked to where you can find the whole talk, if something impacts you and would like to study it later. If you have an inspiring quote on dating that we have not mentioned please scroll down to the bottom of the page and submit it to us, you never know who might need that little bit of inspiration.   
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“The young adult years lay the foundation for your future. Changes in relationships are one of its most powerful challenges. Leaving the home and family environment, living with roommates, making new friends, and establishing the relational habits for eventually marrying and building a family of one’s own are challenges that become very real. Relationships form the very basis of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

A gospel of Relationships  Marleen Williams

“Do you want capability, safety, and security in dating and romance, in married life and eternity?…Be a true disciple of Jesus. Be a genuine, committed, word-and-deed Latter-day Saint. Believe that your faith has everything to do with your romance, because it does. You separate dating from discipleship at your peril. Jesus Christ, the Light of the World, is the only lamp by which you can successfully see the path of love and happiness.”

Today’s Family: Bringing Happiness into Courtship and Marriage Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

“the important thing in any generation is to find uplifting things you can enjoy together and do them! There’s nothing more boring—and potentially dangerous—than a date that starts out, “Well, what do you want to do?””

Searching for the One You Will Marry Elder LeGrand R. Curtis

“To be ready for marriage, make certain you are worthy to take the sacrament and hold a temple recommend. Go to the temple regularly. Serve in the Church. In addition to serving in Church callings, follow the example of the Savior, who simply “went about doing good.”15.”

Meeting the Challenges of Today’s World  Elder Robert. D Hales

“The Holy Ghost provides personal revelation to help us make major life decisions about such things as education, missions, careers, marriage, children, where we will live with our families, and so on. In these matters, Heavenly Father expects us to use our agency, study the situation out in our minds according to gospel principles, and bring a decision to Him in prayer.”

The Holy Ghost Elder Robert D Hales

“Is love something that you are smitten with, something that strikes you like Cupid’s arrow without any say-so? Because we live in a world of agency, wouldn’t it make sense that the most important decision made in mortality would be our choice and not left in Cupid’s hands?”

Finding Your Sweetheart Lyn G Robbins

“During this important season of preparation for a mission, eternal marriage, and life as an adult, you must continue to find ways to learn and grow and receive inspiration and guidance through the Holy Ghost. A careful, prayerful study of the gospel through seminary, institute, or religious education classes can assist you in that goal.”

The Greatest Generation of Young Adults  Russel M Ballard

“Much has been written and said about today’s generation of young adults. Research shows that many resist organized religion. Many are in debt and unemployed. A majority like the idea of marriage, but many are reluctant to take that step. A growing number don’t want children. Without the gospel and inspired guidance, many are wandering in strange paths and losing their way.

Fortunately, young adult members of the Church lag behind in these troubling trends, in part because they are blessed with the gospel plan”

Meeting the Challenges of Today’s World  Elder Robert. D Hales

If I made a happy single life for myself, it would determine the happiness I would have as amarried woman. And I wanted a happy future…Life is a challenge. But it will always be a challenge– single or married. And I wanted to beequal to that challenge.

To The Singles of the Church  Kristen M Oakes

“Begin to prepare for a temple marriage as well as for a mission. Proper dating is a part of that preparation. In cultures where dating is appropriate, do not date until you are 16 years old. “Not all teenagers need to date or even want to. … When you begin dating, go in groups or on double dates. … Make sure your parents meet [and become acquainted with] those you date.” Because dating is a preparation for marriage, “date only those who have high standards.”2

Preparation Brings Blessings President Thomas S. Monson

“It seems to me that this dating, courtship, and marriage process is like baking bread: it needs careful measuring, sifting, and mixing. Then it needs time to rise. Then, finally, it’s ready for the oven.”

Searching for the One You Will Marry Elder LeGrand R. Curtis

“The first suggestion is for all Cinderellas and Prince Charmings to throw away their glass slippers. Following Satan’s encouragement, contemporary society greatly emphasizes courtship, the hunt, or the conquest. The rest of the story, the most significant part of the life story, is dismissed with six words: “And they lived happily ever after.”

Hanging Out, Hooking Up, and Celestial Marriage Bruce A. Chadwick

“This will be the most important decision of your life, the individual whom you marry. . . . Marry the right person in the right place at the right time”

Life’s Obligations President Hinckley

“The track that leads to marriage passes through the terrain called dating! Dating is the opportunity for lengthy conversations. When you date, learn everything you can about each other. Get to know each other’s families when possible.”

Meeting the Challenges of Today’s World  Elder Robert. D Hales

“Our Heavenly Father has counseled us to seek after “anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy.”5

Preparation Brings Blessings President Thomas S. Monson

“Many of the TV screen shows and stories of fiction end with marriage: “They lived happily ever after.” We have come to realize that the mere performance of a ceremony does not bring happiness and a successful marriage. Happiness does not come by pressing a button, as does the electric light; happiness is a state of mind and comes from within. It must be earned. It cannot be purchased with money; it cannot be taken for nothing.”

Oneness in Marriage Spencer W. Kimball

“Heinz Kohut, a psychologist who studied human relationships, stated, “Love is the very painful realization that other people are real.” A person may enter marriage with the belief “If my spouse truly loves me, he or she will always think what I think, want what I want, and feel what I feel. Then I will know I have married the ‘right’ person.” If you believe this then it is easy to believe that any differences are a betrayal of that love or a sign of incompatibility. You may even believe that you must compel your spouse to become a replica of yourself in order to be compatible. In reality, all marriages have differences.”

A Gospel of Relationships  Marleen Williams

I also advise you, from experience, to worry less about marriage than becoming a discipleof Christ. Your light will attract others to you, because light attracts light. And the blessingsHeavenly Father has for you will be more wonderful than you can imagine.

To The Singles of the Church  Kristen M Oakes

“Understand that temple marriage is essential to your salvation and exaltation. Carefully select practical and worthwhile goals and, in an organized way, work to reach them.”

To The Single Brethren of the Church  President Ezra Taft Benson

“Inspiration can come only when we are honest with ourselves, our potential mates, and the Lord. When we first date somebody, we may try to mask our faults and make ourselves as appealing as possible. To develop an honest relationship, however, we must move beyond superficial appearances and allow our true selves to emerge.”

Dating a Time to Become Best Friends John D.Claybough

“Brethren, if you will set aside your cell phone and actually look around a little, you may even find your future companion at the institute.”

The Greatest Generation of Young Adults  Russel M Ballard

“none of us marry perfection; we marry potential. The right marriage is not only about what I want; it’s also about what she—who’s going to be my companion—wants and needs me to be.”

Meeting the Challenges of Today’s World  Elder Robert. D Hales

[On finding the right person]The first quality many young people look for in a potential spouse is someone with whom they can “fall in love,” which often means someone for whom they feel a strong physical attraction. Although love is more than physical attraction, being physically attracted to a potential spouse is not bad. Indeed, Elder Bruce R. McConkie said, “The right person is someone for whom the natural and wholesome and normal affection that should exist does exist.” Then he went on to add: “It is the person who is living so that he or she can go to the temple of God and make the covenants that we there make” (CR, October 1955, 13).

Guidelines for Choosing the Right Spouse Thomas B. Holman

“Without marriage, the purposes of the Lord would be frustrated. Choice spirits would be withheld from the experience of mortality. And postponing marriage unduly often means limiting your posterity, and the time will come, brethren, when you will feel and know that loss.

I can assure you that the greatest responsibility and the greatest joys in life are centered in the family, honorable marriage, and rearing a righteous posterity. And the older you become, the less likely you are to marry, and then you may lose these eternal blessings altogether.”

To The Single Brethren of the Church  President Ezra Taft Benson

“The choice of an eternal companion is up to each individual. Father in Heaven respects your agency, especially with this most important of all decisions. He won’t make the decision for you. He gives guidelines and principles, but the choice is yours. Ask Him to bless you with the wisdom to recognize the attributes of godliness in your potential spouse. Is this a good man who will honor his priesthood? Is this a woman who will nurture our children in loving kindness?…The decision of who you marry is the most important of your life. It is a decision that will be made with both your heart and your head. In other words, it will feel right (heart) and make sense (mind). “This is the spirit of revelation” (see D&C 8:2–3).”

Finding Your Sweetheart Lyn G Robbins

“Courtship requires effort and creativity. Too often our modern world suggests expensive and elaborate dating activities. But depth and meaning emerge in a relationship only when two people converse, exploring each other’s feelings and aspirations and sharing concerns and perspectives. This kind of growth best occurs during simple, wholesome activities..”

Dating a Time to Become Best Friends John D.Claybough

“I remind all of us that the Holy Ghost is not given to control us. Some of us unwisely seek the Holy Ghost’s direction on every minor decision in our lives. This trivializes His sacred role. The Holy Ghost honors the principle of agency.”

The Holy Ghost Elder Robert D Hales

“A marriage need not be perfect and without challenges to be one of great joy and peace. Peace comes not from a lack of problems and disruptions but from knowing that one’s life is in harmony with the will of God (John 14:27, 16:33). When we struggle in important relationships and we lack the wisdom we need, these problems can bring us to our knees in prayer. The Lord can then instruct us how to learn to live more closely to an eternal model of relationships. You need not fear the challenges of marriage if you and your spouse will both commit yourselves to this process of learning how to become eternal, celestial companions.”

A Gospel of Relationships  Marleen Williams

“Speaking plainly, please don’t date all through your 20s just to “have a good time,” thus delaying marriage in favor of other interests and activities. Why? Because dating and marriage aren’t final destinations. They are the gateway to where you ultimately want to go. “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife.”11

Meeting the Challenges of Today’s World  Elder Robert. D Hales

“Soul mates” are fiction and an illusion; and while every young man and young woman will seek with all diligence and prayerfulness to find a mate with whom life can be most compatible and beautiful, yet it is certain that almost any good man and any good woman can have happiness and a successful marriage if both are willing to pay the price.

Marriage and Divorce Spencer W Kimball

“In this world, competition is terrible. It eats up people. It destroys many. But it must be faced; it is something with which we have to deal.”

Life’s Obligations President Hinckley

“You single adults need to date and marry. Please stop delaying! I know some of you fear family formation. However, if you marry the right person at the right time and in the right place, you need not fear. In fact, many problems you encounter will be avoided if you are “anxiously engaged” in righteous dating, courting, and marriage. Don’t text her! Use your own voice to introduce yourself to the righteous daughters of God who are all around you. To actually hear a human voice will shock her—perhaps into saying yes.”

The Greatest Generation of Young Adults  Russel M Ballard

“There is another challenge common to courtships: curbing the desire for premature romantic involvement is an important part of building a strong friendship during dating. Besides being contrary to the commandments of God, physical intimacy before marriage also blocks the development of true friendship. Even the early stages of physical expression of romance can eclipse the mental and spiritual aspects of a relationship and thus halt its progress. ”

Dating a Time to Become Best Friends John D.Claybough

 

“Your responsibility now is to be worthy of the person you want to marry. If you want to marry a wholesome, attractive, honest, happy, hardworking, spiritual person, be that kind of person. If you are that person and you are not married, be patient. Wait upon the Lord. I testify that the Lord knows your desires and loves you for your faithful devotion to Him. He has a plan for you, whether it be in this life or the next.”

Meeting the Challenges of Today’s World  Elder Robert. D Hales

“On Valentine’s Day, there are billions of little candy hearts produced—you’ve seen them—with words on them like “my girl,” “kiss me,” “she’s cute,” and, of course, “I love you.” What are you looking for in your sweetheart? If you could print your own candy hearts to describe the ideal man or woman, what would you look for?”

Finding Your Sweetheart Lyn G Robbins 

“Every normal young man desires a wife. Every normal young woman desires a husband. Be worthy of the mate you choose. Respect him or her. Give encouragement to him or her. Love your companion with all your heart.”

Life’s Obligations President Hinckley

“The ABCs of Courtship
A is the Attraction and Acquaintance stage
B or Build-Up Stage
C is the stage of Consolidation, Continuation, and mutual Commitment to the eternal relationship…Not all relationships end in marriage, and rightly so. Therefore we need to understand not only the ABCs of courtship but also the D and E stages of courtship: Deterioration and Ending…We must finally “make a decision,” as President Hinckley says. In doing this, most Latter-day Saints want a spiritual confirmation that they are making a wise commitment. As you seek a spiritual confirmation, you need to keep at least five things in mind…”

Guidelines for Choosing the Right Spouse Thomas B. Holman

“Choose a companion you can always honor, you can always respect, one who will complement you in your own life, one to whom you can give your entire heart, your entire love, your entire allegiance, your entire loyalty. ”

Life’s Obligations President Hinckley

“As we receive the inspiration of the Holy Ghost for ourselves, it is wise to remember that we cannot receive revelation for others. I know of a young man who told a young woman, “I’ve had a dream that you are to be my wife.” The young woman pondered that statement and then responded, “When I have the same dream, I’ll come and talk to you.””

The Holy Ghost Elder Robert D Hales

Second truth. We are not saved in isolation. This life is not just about me. We are placedon earth to bless the lives of those around us, to act as agents of righteousness, and asElder Oaks will instruct us, to be anxiously engaged in a good cause to promote thebetterment of all around us.

To The Singles of the Church  Kristen M Oakes

“There is nothing more powerful than love, nothing so motivating or that touches so many lives. There have been more books written, more movies made, and more songs sung about love than any other topic. Finding your eternal valentine is the ultimate treasure hunt.”

Finding Your Sweetheart Lyn G Robbins

“Love is like a flower, and, like the body, it needs constant feeding. The mortal body would soon be emaciated and die if there were not frequent feedings. The tender flower would wither and die without food and water. And so love, also, cannot be expected to last forever unless it is continually fed with portions of love, the manifestation of esteem and admiration, the expressions of gratitude, and the consideration of unselfishness.”

Oneness in Marriage Spencer W. Kimball

“When you can let go of perfectionism, it is easier to feel emotionally close to others. Ironically, we often love those people most whose weaknesses and struggles we know. “

A Gospel of Relationships  Marleen Williams

“It is because of our belief that marriages and families are eternal that we, as a church, want to be a leader and a participant in worldwide movements to strengthen them. We know that it is not only those who are actively religious who share common values and priorities of lasting marriages and strong family relationships. A great number of secular people have concluded that a committed marriage and family lifestyle is the most sensible, the most economical, and the happiest way to live.”

Why Marriage and Family Matter – Everywhere in the World Elder L. Tom Perry

“Sometimes either one partner or both partners in a dating relationship begin to feel urgency to rush toward marriage before they know anything about each other. A feeling of urgency early in a relationship can sometimes be a red flag. It does not necessarily mean that your partner is the wrong person, but it does signal a need to stand back and perhaps investigate other alternatives. We must not be in a hurry, acting on impulse and emotion alone.”

Dating a Time to Become Best Friends John D.Claybough

“The successful marriage depends in large measure upon the preparation made in approaching it. … One cannot pick the ripe, rich, luscious fruit from a tree that was never planted, nurtured, nor pruned”

-The Miracle ofForgiveness, Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1969, p. 242

“Learning how to have close friendships is one of the best ways to prepare for marriage. Whether or not you have the opportunity to date, meet a romantic partner, and marry at this stage of your life, you can still progress toward that goal by learning how to have good friendships with others. “

A Gospel of Relationships  Marleen Williams

“I realize that some of you brethren may have genuine fears regarding the real responsibilities that will be yours if you do marry. You are concerned about being able to support a wife and family and provide them with the necessities in these uncertain economic times. Those fears must be replaced with faith.

I assure you, brethren, that if you will be industrious, faithfully pay your tithes and offerings, and conscientiously keep the commandments, the Lord will sustain you. Yes, there will be sacrifices required, but you will grow from these and will be a better man for having met them.”

To The Single Brethren of the Church  President Ezra Taft Benson

So live that you may be worthy of each other’s companionship and that you may never carry with you any taint of shame or regret over things you should not have done. Be clean before marriage. Be true forever after.

Thou Shalt Not Covet  Gordon B Hinckley

“Time should be taken for serious thought, and opportunity given for [each partner to gain] physical, mental, and spiritual maturity. Longer acquaintances will enable both to evaluate themselves and their proposed companions, to know each other’s likes and dislikes, habits and dispositions, aptitudes and aspirations”

-You and Your Marriage, Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1960, pp. 27, 34

On one occasion, full of worry and frustration about my single situation and my advancingyears, I went to a priesthood leader for a blessing to strengthen me. The words spoken inthat blessing still stay with me to this day and ring truer to me as time passes.

I can still quote them. If you cannot bear the difficulties and challenges of single life, youwill never be able to bear the challenges and difficulties of married life.

To The Singles of the Church  Kristen M Oakes

Of course our Heavenly Father will also bless you and guide you in your decision and in making other decisions throughout your life. You have a formula, a guide, to assist you. It is found in Doctrine and Covenants 9:8–9

Whom Shall I Marry? President Thomas S Monson

“God “rewards those who earnestly seek him” [Hebrews 11:6], but that reward is not usually behind the first door. So we need to keep knocking. Sisters, don’t give up. Seek God with all your heart. Exercise faith. Walk in righteousness.”

Fourth Floor, Last Door  Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“we should realize that a good marriage does not require a perfect man or a perfect woman. It only requires a man and a woman committed to strive together toward perfection”

Today’s Family: Bringing Happiness into Courtship and Marriage 

 Dallin H. Oaks

“In selecting a companion for life and for eternity, certainly the most careful planning and thinking and praying and fasting should be done to be sure that of all the decisions, this one must not be wrong. In true marriage there must be a union of minds as well as of hearts. Emotions must not wholly determine decisions, but the mind and the heart, strengthened by fasting and prayer and serious consideration, will give one a maximum chance of marital happiness. It brings with it sacrifice, sharing, and a demand for great selflessness.”

Oneness in Marriage Spencer W. Kimball

In making a decision as momentous as whom you will marry, I suggest you seek the help of your parents. Take the time to confide in them, for they will not leave you nor forsake you. They love you dearly and want for a precious daughter or stalwart son the best in life and the ultimate promises of eternity.

Whom Shall I Marry? President Thomas S Monson

To our young adults of marriageable circumstances, I hope you will not put off marriage too long. I do not speak so much to the young women as to the young men whose prerogative and responsibility it is to take the lead in this matter. Don’t go on endlessly in a frivolous dating game. Look for a choice companion, one you can love, honor, and respect, and make a decision. Think of marriage and family in the terms that leaders of this Church have taught since the very beginning.

Thour Shalt Not Covet  Gordon B Hinckley

“God teaches you to love others and to learn to live in a Zion society. Satan encourages jealousy, competition, and uncharitable judgments. These keep you from feeling close and connected to others. God teaches you eternal progression and faith in the Atonement, while Satan teaches its counterfeit—perfectionism—which destroys your confidence in yourself and others. God teaches eternal marriage, where love lasts forever. Satan encourages relationships that are selfish and end when they become inconvenient. “

A Gospel of Relationships  Marleen Williams

“The first principle of the gospel is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Faith means trust—trust in God’s will, trust in His way of doing things, and trust in His timetable. We should not try to impose our timetable on His. As Elder Neal A. Maxwell has said:

The issue for us is trusting God enough to trust also His timing. If we can truly believe He has our welfare at heart, may we not let His plans unfold as He thinks best? The same is true with the second coming and with all those matters wherein our faith needs to include faith in the Lord’s timing for us personally, not just in His overall plans and purposes. [Even As I Am (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1982), 93]

More recently, during last April conference, Elder Maxwell said: “Since faith in the timing of the Lord may be tried, let us learn to say not only, ‘Thy will be done,’ but patiently also, ‘Thy timing be done’” (CR, April 2001, 76; or “Plow in Hope,” Ensign, May 2001, 59).”

Timing  Dallin H Oaks

I repeat that I wish everyone might have some of the good things of life, but I hope our desire will not come of covetousness, which is an evil and gnawing disease. I think of many of our younger single and married members; I hope that you will be modest in your physical wants. You do not need everything that you might wish. And the very struggle of your younger years will bring a sweetness and security to your later life.

Thour Shalt Not Covet  Gordon B Hinckley

In the delightful musical Camelot, as the plot thickens and Queen Guinevere becomes infatuated with Lancelot, King Arthur, her husband, pleads with her—and with each of us—“We must not let our passions destroy our dreams.”

Precious young people, make every decision you contemplate pass this test: What does it do to me? What does it do for me? And let your code of conduct emphasize not “What will others think?” but rather “What will I think of myself?”

Whom Shall I Marry? President Thomas S Monson

“The timing of marriage is perhaps the best example of an extremely important event in our lives that is almost impossible to plan. Like other important mortal events that depend on the agency of others or the will and timing of the Lord, marriage cannot be anticipated or planned with certainty. We can and should work for and pray for our righteous desires, but, despite this, many will remain single well beyond their desired time for marriage.”

Timing  Dallin H Oaks

“There is no scene so sweet, no time so sacred as that very special day of your marriage. Then and there you glimpse celestial joy… You … have an important responsibility in choosing not only whom you will date but also whom you will marry.”

Today’s Family: Bringing Happiness into Courtship and Marriage President Thomas S Monson

“If you wish to marry well, inquire well,” he says. “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.”

Today’s Family: Bringing Happiness into Courtship and Marriage 

 Dallin H. Oaks

“The girl who marries you will not wish to be married to a tightwad. Neither will she wish to be married to a spendthrift. She is entitled to know all about family finances. She will be your partner. Unless there is full and complete understanding between you and your wife on these matters, there likely will come misunderstandings and suspicions that will cause trouble that can lead to greater problems.”

Living Worthy of the Girl You Will Marry President Hinckley

It is essential that you become well acquainted with the person whom you plan to marry so that you can make certain you are both looking down the same pathway, with the same objectives in mind. It is ever so significant that you do this. 

Whom Shall I Marry? President Thomas S Monson

“Also, do not be caught up in materialism, one of the real plagues of our generation—that is, acquiring things, fast-paced living, and securing career success in the single state. Honorable marriage is more important than wealth, position, and status. As husband and wife, you can achieve your life’s goals together. “

To The Single Brethren of the Church  President Ezra Taft Benson

“Unfortunately, too many individuals enter into marriage believing that after the ceremony is performed they will either live happily ever after or in misery, depending upon how accurate their choice was. They do not see that “happy ever-aftering” depends upon daily loving and concern as much after marriage as during courtship.”

Courtship: Labor of Love Gawain and Gale Wells

“As you seek an eternal companion, look for someone who is developing the essential attributes that bring happiness”

Today’s Family: Bringing Happiness into Courtship and Marriage 

 Elder Richard G. Scott

“Please know the kind of person you want to be with. … Make sure that you know before you get married what that person really wants to be. You can do that by seeing if he or she goes to his or her meetings and has a testimony and can talk to you about eternal goals now.”

Today’s Family: Bringing Happiness into Courtship and Marriage 

 Dallin H. Oaks

“Spending face-to-face time with other people is necessary to build true friendships.”

What about Dating? Larry M. Gibson

“the time will come when you will fall in love. It will occupy all of your thoughts and be the stuff of which your dreams are made. Make yourself worthy of the loveliest girl in all the world. Keep yourself worthy through all the days of your life. Be good and true and kind one to another. There is so much of bitterness in the world. There is so much of pain and sorrow that come of angry words. There is so much of tears that follow disloyalty. But there can be so much of happiness if there is an effort to please and an overwhelming desire to make comfortable and happy one’s companion.”

Living Worthy of the Girl You Will Marry President Hinckley

For each of us, our wedding day should be one of the most important days of our life. I hope that each of us has come or will come to that day unsullied and happy. And, once joined in the bonds of eternal marriage, under the authority of the holy priesthood of God, I hope that for as long as life shall last there will never be eyes for another. I hope that there is total fidelity, total honesty with one another, total concern with the needs of one another.

Thour Shalt Not Covet  Gordon B Hinckley

“When you find you are developing an interest in a young woman,” he told young men, “show her that you are an exceptional person that she would find interesting to know better. … If you want to have a wonderful wife, you need to have her see you as a wonderful man and prospective husband”

Today’s Family: Bringing Happiness into Courtship and Marriage 

 Elder Richard G. Scott

“Your chances for a happy and lasting marriage will be far greater if you will date those who are active and faithful in the Church”

-“Four B’s for Boys,” Ensign, Nov. 1981, 41.  Gordon B Hinckley

You have an important responsibility in choosing not only whom you will date but also whom you will marry.

Whom Shall I Marry? President Thomas S Monson

 

““Courtship is a wonderful period…It should be a sacred one. That is the time in which you choose your mate.”  

True to the Faith (Boyd K Packer, Bookcraft, 1966, p. 317.)

“Proper dating and developing wholesome friendships are really about being a disciple of Jesus Christ, says Sister Dalton. “When I talk to young women about dating, I like to ask them to define what a friend is. I married my best friend. We became friends first. And he’s still my best friend.

“I love Elder Robert D. Hales’s definition of a friend,” Sister Dalton continues. “‘True friends make it easier to live the gospel.’ It is pretty simple. A person who brings out righteous qualities in you makes you better.””

Dating and Virtue David L Beck (Young Men’s President)

“To that we would add that it’s a time for hard work, the labor of love. When we were teenagers, we had the notion that courtship would be a blissful period of strolling down shady lanes hand-in-hand, looking deep into each other’s eyes, and planning the future. This period, we were sure, would immediately precede “happily ever after.”

In reality, we found it to be a time of great adjustment and compromise. Courtship is a time of abandoning independence and learning interdependence. It is the process of developing a trusting, sharing relationship, of learning to listen and really hear, of caring about the other and sharing self. You might say it is a “tenderizing” experience.”

Courtship: Labor of Love Gawain and Gale Wells

“A good marriage requires time. It requires effort. You have to work at it. You have to cultivate it. You have to forgive and forget. You have to be absolutely loyal one to another. Most of you will marry and have children….All of this can come to pass if you make this most important decision, one guided by prayer as well as instinct, of choosing a dear companion who will be yours through thick and thin forever, throughout all eternity. ”

Life’s Obligations President Hinckley

“Finally, although some have defined dating as “courting,” dating in the Church among youth does not imply that they are “going steady” or can date no others. By Church standards, dating is intended to be a chance for social relationships that can establish many friendships.

As you enter your adult years—after missions for young men—then the Lord says, “Neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 11:11). This is the time that dating becomes courting as stressed in For the Strength of Youth: “Make dating and marriage a high priority. Seek a companion who is worthy to go to the temple to be sealed to you for time and all eternity.”

What about Dating? Larry M. Gibson

“Young men, now is the time to prepare for the future. And in that future for most of you is a beautiful young woman whose greatest desire is to bond with you in a relationship that is eternal and everlasting.

You will know no greater happiness than that found in your home. You will have no more serious obligation than that which you face in your home. The truest mark of your success in life will be the quality of your marriage.”

Living Worthy of the Girl You Will Marry President Hinckley