I grew up in Nevada, and there were quite a few LDS youth in my area.
Unfortunately, many LDS boys my age were not living gospel standards, while many non-LDS boys were.
He truly enjoys the people but just isn’t interested in going to church. I know that things will work out in the Lord’s time and I have faith that whatever happens is for my good.
So many members have written in with their personal experiences that we have all the responses we need, so don’t send any more letters on the subject!
If they wanted no part of church “stuff,” then she needed to move on. He dated a lot of different girls and then met Diane (not her real name).
He took her to a stake dance on their second date and on the way home she told him that she had really enjoyed it because she knew Mormons said they didn’t smoke or drink.
When marriage is not imminent, a rule that “only LDS people are worthy to date” breeds exclusion and may overlook the potential date’s quality of character.
For example, I knew a sweet Christian boy who wanted to be a minister someday and an LDS boy who did drugs and purportedly tried to reach up girls’ shirts. If LDS status was a deeply important issue to my parents, I may have missed the mark.