Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or LDS, religion are advised to follow some guidelines that impact date planning.The youth are encouraged not to date before the age of 16; they are encouraged to date other LDS church members or people of high moral standards and to go on double or group dates early in the dating relationship, but not all couples choose to follow these guidelines.
Make a pact to buy a present for each other whenever you go on a date. The presents can be inexpensive or even homemade, but they should be something that reminds you of your date. Take in a play or concert. Just make sure that the play is appropriately rated and doesn't contain moral issues that are not approved of by the LDS church standards, such as anything vulgar, immoral, violent or pornographic. Meet your date at a museum and take your time going through all of the exhibits. Again, make sure the museum is appropriate to LDS values.
For couples who still live at home and want to follow the group dating guidelines as described in the church pamphlet "For the Strength of Youth: Fulfilling Our Duty to God," this can be a fun way to get several couples involved. Invite three other couples for this night. Ask each couple's parents to make one course of the meal. Start the meal at one house for appetizers, another for a salad or soup, then another for the main course and, finally, at the last house, the dessert is served. Invite several couples over for a night of playing board games. Break up in teams, by couple or boys versus girls to play games, such as charades or board games.
Learning and Volunteering
Volunteer with your date. This follows the principles of the church of giving back to the community. Consider volunteering through the church as a couple or as a group of couples. Other volunteer ideas include volunteering at an animal shelter for the day or in a group home. Spend the day learning a new skill together. Take a class, such as photography or pottery. Learn a new sport together, such as skiing, scuba diving or tennis.
Throw a character party night and ask everyone to wear costumes representing their favorite cartoon characters. Invite other couples and single friends. Go berry or apple picking if you have orchards in your town. Wake up early on a Saturday morning and meet your date at a flea market or farmer's market and browse the stalls. Play miniature golf and then finish up the night by going to a movie that's not rated R or above.
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