In a talk, 'Save the Youth of Zion,' delivered in 1965 at June Conference, he said, 'Early dating, especially early steady dating, brings numerous problems, much heartache, and numerous disasters.
The early date often develops into the steady date, and the steady date frequently brings on early marriage, of which there are hundreds of thousands with 16- and 17-year-old brides.
They are giving into your keeping something which cannot be priced in money, and you are base indeed if you become disloyal to that trust. I remember my father's admonition when I started in my teens to court a young girl: "David, you treat that young lady as you would have any young boy treat your sister." Young men, follow that advice and you will go through life with your conscience clear, and later in life you can say truthfully that with all your mistakes, you have never wronged a woman. This will require careful and prayerful consideration.It would be well to mingle with many good people to have a better understanding of others."Therefore, don’t trifle away your happiness by involvement with someone who cannot take you worthily to the temple.Make a decision now that this is the place where you will marry.Early marriages often end in disillusionment, frustration, and divorce, with broken homes and scarred lives.
Far more high school marriages end in divorce than marriages of more mature young people.
in your searching for the fulfillment of your romantic longings, always live for the presence of the Holy Spirit, that you may have it as your constant guide.
Don't date someone you already know you would not ever want to marry.
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." "I think President Kimball gives us strong direction in this.
"In order to avoid difficulty and possible temptation, I suggest again the following standard.