Friday, March 5, 2010

Dating and rumors

Jeanne and i were talking about growing up Mormon, and we realized that all through our growing up people told us that “the prophet” had said that kids shouldn’t date ’til they’re 16 years old, but we never actually saw a prophet say that ourselves. Were we simply looking in the wrong decade (or century)? I know it appears in various bits of church literature, but had a sitting prophet actually made such a declaration by the mid-80s?

(Of course, nobody ever actually defined “dating” when saying that anyway, so when it really comes down to it it’s not like it was actually terribly helpful advice.)

1 comment:

Heather the Mama Duk said...

No idea when it was said. Kind of an arbitrary age. By the time I was old enough to date they were even saying group only at 16 and really no dating one on one until 18 or even after a mission. I was engaged at 18.