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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.

Latter-day Saints place an unusually strong emphasis on marriage, believing that marriage is ordained of God (D&C ) and is a prerequisite for obtaining the highest heavenly state after mortality (D&C 131:1-4; see Exaltation).

Presumably, the value placed on marriage makes LDS youth less likely to postpone marriage for education and career advancement; they are certainly less likely to cohabit instead of marrying, and the customary pattern is to continue courting until the time of marriage (see Single Adults).

LDS prophets have consistently instructed young Mormon men that it is wrong to delay marriage unnecessarily (Benson; Kimball, 1975).

"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….

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