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.And from it are likely to come the same frustrations, sorrows, anguish, and remorse.
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.
Long, passionate kissing definitely should be avoided.
And French kissing is out--it's purpose is to be passionate and suggestive, not to express pure affection (plus, the stuff with the tongues just seems tacky, in my opinion).
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?
Then I wondered if that included hand holding or putting my arm around a girl.
I think I figured out that it must mean touching certain places other than hands or shoulders, but I was confused.
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.
This is a major reason why people get hurt, and why there's heartache.
Petting is a formal word that refers to touching of private areas, particularly breasts or genitals (in the latter case, it's often called "heavy petting"). Instead of remaining in the field of simple expressions of affection, some have turned themselves loose to fondling, often called "necking," with its intimate contacts and its passionate kissing.