There is more to consider than popularity or charisma.As you seek an eternal companion, look for someone who is developing the essential attributes that bring happiness: a deep love of the Lord and of his commandments, a determination to live them, one that is kindly understanding, forgiving of others, and willing to give of self, with the desire to have a family crowned with beautiful children and a commitment to teach them the principles of truth in the home." Elder Richard G.They are the gateway to where you ultimately want to go.
It is the only place under the heavens where marriage can be solemnized for eternity. ’ If they can’t honestly answer yes, then they ought to think about what they are doing and make some changes.” Sister Elaine S.
Dalton, "Dating and Virtue" "There is more to a foundation of eternal marriage than a pretty face or an attractive figure.
If you want to marry a wholesome, attractive, honest, happy, hardworking, spiritual person, be that kind of person.
If you are that person and you are not married, be patient. Hales, "Meeting the Challenges of Today's World" "There are many qualities you will want to look for in a friend or a serious date — to say nothing of a spouse and eternal companion — but surely among the very first and most basic of those qualities will be those of care and sensitivity toward others, a minimum of self-centeredness that allows compassion and courtesy to be evident. There are lots of limitations in all of us that we hope our sweethearts will overlook. When you begin dating, go in groups or on double dates. Make sure your parents meet (and become acquainted with) those you date.' Because dating is a preparation for marriage, 'date only those who have high standards.' "Be careful to go to places where there is a good environment, where you won’t be faced with temptation.
Those words were a call to action for me to make my life wonderful regardless of any situation or difficulty I faced.
If I made a happy single life for myself, it would determine the happiness I would have as a married woman, and I wanted a happy future.The imperfections of others never release us from the need to work on our own shortcomings." Elder Neal A. Be friends first and sweethearts later, not the other way around.Otherwise, people who think they are sweethearts may discover they can’t be very good friends, and by then it may be too late." Elder Bruce C.As Valentine's Day approaches, thoughts turn to romantic love. Dating is the opportunity for lengthy conversations. Do you share the same feelings about the commandments, the Savior, the priesthood, the temple, parenting, callings in the church and serving others?The following quotes from leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints address many facets of love and relationships. When you date, learn everything you can about each other. Have you observed one another under stress, responding to success and failure, resisting anger and dealing with setbacks?Is his or her attitude and language and conduct what you would like to live with every day?