Mormon dating age

”Some single adults have observed that age does matter to others in the dating pool.“Unfortunately, the majority of society, at least what I know of in the LDS dating world, make (age) into a matter,” stated one female friend in my mid-singles ward.“Most guys I've met who are within one year or more younger than me refuse to consider me as a dating option. I thought that would change as I got older and they realized it was just a number and that a few years didn't make all that much of a difference. I find the whole situation frustrating and ridiculous.”I hope that this friend’s unfortunate experiences are the exception and not the rule.

She, in fact, asked me out first, which was a gesture I greatly appreciated and one that I later reciprocated.

However, I remember that our age difference seemed to be something of a big deal to her sister.

Either way, some misconceptions about dating apparently still need to be discussed and debunked.

Among those misconceptions are perceived “deal breakers” in dating and courtship—petty and inconsequential to some and yet crucial to others—including hair or eye color; height difference; whether or not that person plays an instrument; sports affiliations; past sins or transgressions, (even if long-since repented of), etc.

Not long ago, I read a biography of Church President John Taylor and learned that his first wife, Leonora Cannon Taylor, was 12 years older than he was!

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