If you put your arm around someone on a date, what are you saying (without using words)? And that's exactly why we have to be careful - because we could be telling lies with our actions.

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He felt he had set a "record." To him, kissing was some kind of contest! Did they realize that each girl he kissed was only a notch on the way to his "goal"? Kimball: Kissing has been prostituted and has degenerated to develop and express lust instead of affection, honor, and admiration. What do kisses mean when given out like pretzels, and robbed of sacredness?

Do you think it would have hurt their feelings to know that? Monson said, "Men, take care not to make women weep, for God counts their tears." What has happened to kissing? Finally, the answer from a prophet: Kisses are sacred, and are meant to express affection, honor, and admiration.

Kisses are wonderful, but they are powerful and should be handled with great care.

I read about a young man who bragged that he had kissed more girls in one day than anyone else in his stake. This boy really cares for me." Did they know he was just going for a record?

Its bigger sister is called "petting." When the intimacies have reached this stage, they are surely the sins condemned by the Savior.

"Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: "But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart." (Matthew -28.) Who would say that he or she who pets has not become lustful, has not become passionate? Too often, young people dismiss their petting with a shrug of their shoulders as a little indiscretion, while admitting that fornication is a base transgression.

Regarding the difficult issue of same-sex marriage, for those who are wondering about possible reasons for the Church's position, I would suggest considering some of the relevant social issues as discussed by a non-LDS advocate of traditional marriage in the article "Marriage: What It Is, Why It Matters, and the Consequences of Redefining It" by Ryan Anderson (2013).

See also "The Consistency of the LDS Church's Position Regarding Legislating Marriage" by J. 2014 Update: The Church has released instructions to Church leaders regarding the same-sex marriage issue.

Then I wondered if that included hand holding or putting my arm around a girl.