The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints encourages Mormon youth not to begin dating until they are at least 16 years old. When youth begin dating, the church suggests going on group dates, avoiding going on too many dates with the same person, dating those who have high moral standards and introducing the person you are dating to parents and family members. Youth are also expected to wait until after marriage to commence sexual relations.
Mormons place an extremely strong emphasis on marriage and believe that everyone who is able to marry should. Serious relationships are expected to be delayed until after a young person has participated in his or her first two-year church mission. This age is traditionally 19 for men and 21 for women. After the mission has been completed, young men and women are encouraged to commence courtship with another person of the Mormon faith and not to unnecessarily delay marriage.
Marrying a person within the Mormon faith is not an absolute rule, but it is strongly encouraged by church leaders and most families in the church. Young people are encouraged to attend Mormon faith-based schools such as Brigham Young University or Ricks College in order to meet an array of suitable partners.