I have been in the Church for 2 and half years now.
I'm 26 years old and have three beautiful daughters.
I would not have gone through with the break up if my wife as she was cheating on me with my step cousin, while I was in hospital back in (date withheld).
She is still with him.
I am going through court to get full custody for my girls as she tried to stop me seeing me after she receive my divorce letter.
By now have to put my divorce on hold as I'm going through courts for the children.
Last night I went on a date to the cinemas but Bishop said I can't date until I'm divorced.
And that could take about 7-8 months.
The date was a non-member but I told her that I was in the Church and that I'm still married, and could not do anything until I'm divorce and remarried.
She was okay-ish with it.
My question is: am I allowed to date as long as I follow the law of chastity?
I do have the full support for the Church and my faith has grown since the break-up.
I know that I have a good relationship with Heavenly Father.
Hope you can help me and hope it makes sense as I have dyslexia.
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I don't know about "allowed to date"; if you have questions about what your Bishop said, you should ask him.
It does look bad, though. I know she’s dating and . . . whatever else, but your job here is to take the moral high ground; to be the better person.
You are after all, technically still married. In that way, dating is wrong, whether she’s doing it or not. It sucks, I know. Doing the Right Thing isn't always easy or fair. Her sinful behavior (dating someone else while still married) does not give you permission to do the same.
It has nothing to do with the Law of Chastity. (I do commend you for remaining chaste, though.)
PS: I understand that it's only being a Soon to Be Divorced Guy, but I think you're wasting your time dating any women who aren't members of the Church. This is going to be tough enough on your kids; best that you spend your time with women who can support and share your faith.