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But Smith cherished his faith, praying, studying, and attending church until one day in 1980, he received a phone call from a good friend who told him that a sweet, 13-year-old girl he knew well had been running home from school when, not realizing the back glass door wasn’t open, she ran through the pane and a piece of glass pierced her neck, killing her.“I can’t tell you how angry I was at God.” Smith says. Three years later, Smith discovered something that renewed his hope in God.“I didn’t stop believing in Him, but I wasn’t real happy with Him. After graduating from the University of Texas, Smith was home visiting his parents, searching for something to read to help pass the time.But once the distinct, accented voice came through the other line, Smith knew it wasn’t a prank.

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Developing serious relationships too early in life can limit the number of other people you meet and can perhaps lead to immorality.

Invite your parents to become acquainted with those you date.

The best way to date someone who’s Mormon is to respect their beliefs and guidelines.

Eat healthier and avoid alcohol and tobacco so you and the other person have similar lifestyles.

In cultures where dating is acceptable, it can help you learn and practice social skills, develop friendships, have wholesome fun, and eventually find an eternal companion.

You should not date until you are at least 16 years old.Dress modestly if you’re going to meet their parents.Ask them questions about their religion and avoid judging their beliefs, even if you don’t share the same belief or religion.Thirty-seven years later that still brings tears to my eyes. That’s when a book fell off the shelf in his room, one he’d never seen before: The Book of Mormon.I still see that little girl.”Smith couldn’t make sense of how a “beautiful, smart girl with the whole world in front of her” was dead and mass murderers like Ted Bundy could still be alive. He later found out that it had been given to his mother while she was on a trip to Salt Lake City, and she had stored it untouched in his room.“I happened to open the book up to 3 Nephi, and I read [about Jesus Christ’s visit to the Americas] and I went, ‘Whoa, so He visited here? Smith was so impressed by what he read that he went straight to the phone book to look up The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That meant nothing to me, but it was lunch time, so I called the stake,” Smith recalls with a laugh.The stake president, who had briefly stopped in his office to pick up something he had forgotten, just happened to be there to answer Smith’s call and connected him with the missionaries.

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