Another reason for being careful with our physical expressions of affection is that they can interfere with the development of a healthy long-term relationship, even marriage.
Brother Lowell Bennion, an LDS author, has written: “Once a couple begins to share affection in a physical way, this activity tends to become the focus of interest.
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Elder Hafen continued: “When any of you—men or women—are given entrance to the heart of a trusting young friend, you stand on holy ground. Because his expressions of affection didn’t carry the level of commitment she thought they did.One wise bishop suggested that if young adults feel that their relationship is too physical, they should try spending the next two weeks without even holding hands to see if they still enjoy being together.The desire to be with someone, to spend time together, and to share affection is natural and God-given.All of us know how to communicate without using words. Maybe that’s like saying “I really like you.” Finally, what if you kiss your date? Sometimes you are not as careful as you might be about when, how, and to whom you express your feelings of affection.Some of our nonverbal communication speaks loud and clear. Suppose you are on a date, and you put your arm around your date’s shoulder. You must realize that the desire to express affection can be motivated by other things than true love.” If you are emotionally honest you should mean what you say but also mean what you do.