The guideline to wait to date is inspired counsel from Latter-day prophets. Hazards exist if you date before you are emotionally and mentally able to deal with the physical feelings that come from serious relationships.When choosing someone to date, look for and date only those people who have high moral standards.The chances for a happy, healthy temple marriage are much greater if you only date other Latter-day Saints who uphold the same standards.
It is better to not date then to date someone who does not respect you.As a son or daughter of God you have a right to be respected, as well as respect those you date.As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ you are strongly encouraged to only date other members of our faith.If you are unsure, at least wait until you are sure of that person's character.A good question to ask yourself when contemplating a possible date is to ask yourself if the person lives gospel standards.
It is also best to wait until you are older to steadily date someone, such as after high school and even after a mission. Hinckley warned: Steady dating at an early age leads so often to tragedy.