High school dating stages
The question is not simply where you put your hands, but it’s where you put your heart.
Often two teens (especially LDS youth who know the Lord’s commandments) will be tempted to become physical only if they’ve already established the kind of relationship that would permit it—one that has already reached a level of emotional connectedness and commitment.
It allows you to get to know a number of people and to interact with everybody else in the group, fostering a feeling of friendship.
But if teens become emotionally intimate and naturally desire physical intimacy, they can’t do anything about it.
Friendship is when two people discover they have similar interests, similar views—things in common.
They talk with one another, validate one another’s views, and choose to spend time together.
If you choose to date after turning 16, the Church encourages you to date in groups.
The brilliance of group dating is that it prevents you from becoming too attached to one person of the opposite sex.