"Young men and women, not yet ready for marriage, should be friends with many others, but they should not engage in courting .
Friendship, not courtship, should be the relationship of teenagers .
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.
It is expected that LDS youth will not begin dating until the age of sixteen.And let parents know where you are, with whom, doing what, and when you will return. Age twelve is a line of demarcation in the life of a young member of the Church. At this age LDS boys and girls leave primary, the Church's organization for children, and enter the young women and young men organizations. The males are expected to leave home for a two-year Church mission. Many young women upon reaching twenty-one will serve missions.
During the 1970s the age of sixteen took on special significance in this regard when Spencer W.