Dear Angela: There is a dance coming up at my ward in a few weeks. It's a singles dance, but everyone is supposed to take a date. I don't have a boyfriend or a lot of guy friends, so I'm not sure who to take. There is a guy that I really like, but he and I don't really know each other that well and I don't want things to be awkward. Should I bite the bullet and ask him out, or should I go to the dance alone? Help!
— Dateless and Confused
Dear Dateless and Confused: Ask him! Definitely ask him. Every singles dance (church or otherwise) has the potential to be uncomfortable (especially when you accidentlly go to a 30-plus dance straight out of the Young Women program — oops!), but having good company is everything. You could go alone and possibly meet someone new, but if you've already identified someone you'd like to get to know, then you've won half the battle.
In short, ask him.
If you're worried that your invitation will seem out of the blue, then maybe ease into it by having a few more conversations with him before you pop the question — well, not the question (wink, wink), but this question.
P.S. Need some apostolic motivation? Here's some from Elder M. Russell Ballard, of the Quorum of the Twelve, that he shared with young single adults : "Go forward with faith. ... Replace any fear or apprehension you have now with faith. ... May you have the courage to reach out. ... May every righteous desire of your heart be granted."
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