Because of the belief that people should be married and the doctrine that they can maintain marital ties throughout eternity, Latter-day Saints take dating and courtship more seriously than those for whom marriage has less religious significance.
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.
As plainly stated by prominent leaders of the Church, "It is natural to date.
Every right-thinking young person has a native desire to become acquainted with the opposite sex, looking eventually to pairing off in honorable marriage" (Petersen, p. "Dating has become the accepted form of social recreation for the purpose of getting acquainted before young people can safely have a serious interest in each other.
Here, young people participate, usually once a week, in gender-segregated activities designed with an adult adviser for their particular age group.
Occasionally, joint activities are planned that include boys and girls together.