Come up with fun and appropriate dating ideas and put them into practice.
Ahead of time, have the priests and Laurels brainstorm fun and creative date ideas. They might consider some ideas such as an indoor beach party during winter, a Christmas party in July, a game night in which the youth play playground games from their childhoods, a luau, a fiesta, and so on. Help them plan and carry out the evening. If possible, begin by having all or a group of priests pick up each Laurel and escort her or several Laurels to the location and then home again. If there are activities during the date that require pairs, switch pairs frequently so each young man and young woman interacts with everyone and the date is truly about having fun as a group. Review the “Dating” section in For the Strength of Youth and discuss what you’ve learned about appropriate dating.